Network explores links with Africa
22 November 2011
The University of Sydney is helping to establish an Australia Africa Universities Network, bringing together experts in key areas such as public sector reform, education and health.
Fifteen Australian universities and research institutions are meeting in Canberra on Wednesday 23 November to discuss setting up a consortium with their African counterparts.
The meeting is one of the outcomes of an Africa Forum at the University of Sydney in May, attended by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and representatives from a number of African countries.
Dr Nesrin Varol, regional manager for Africa in the International Portfolio, said the aim of the network was to enable the provision of specific expertise across priority areas for both countries."We intend to provide an intelligence and advisory portal so that government, the corporate sector and the media can access university expertise on the complexities and dynamics of Africa," she said.
"There is an opportunity for strategic collaboration in key areas such as governance, public sector reform, education, mining, agriculture and health, and this will support initiatives which can contribute to workable and sustainable solutions for both Australia and the countries of Africa."
The network is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Contact: Richard North
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