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AAU Inaugurates North Africa Regional Office

The Association of African Universities North Africa Regional Office (AAU NARO) has been launched at a high-level, colorful and well attended ceremony hosted by Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt on the 12th March 2019. Al-Azhar University was founded in October 975 AD and is a founding member of the Association of Africa Universities (AAU).

According to Ms Nodumo Dhlamini, Director, ICT Services & Knowledge Management, Association of African Universities, an impressive number of one thousand five hundred (1500) delegates graced the occasion. The dignitaries who graced the event include; Prof Ahmed El-Tayeb,Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, Prof Khaled Abdel Ghaffar ,the Egypt Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Prof Mohamed Hussein, Al Mahrasawy, President of Al-Azhar University, Ambassador Abdulhamid Bu Zaher, the representative of the African Union Commission, Prof Orlando Antonio Quilambo, the AAU President, Prof Etienne Ehouan Ehile the AAU Secretary General,  Mr Peter Kwasi Kodjie, the Secretary General of the All Africa Students Union (AASU), Dr Faiza Mohamed Osman Mahmoud, the Coordinator of the East Africa Regional Office, Diplomats, Staff of the AAU Secretariat, Academic from other universities in Egypt, Academic and administrative staff from several other African countries, staff and students from Al Azhar University and the general public.
She further stressed that the AAU North Africa Regional Office, hosted by Al-Azhar University, is the second AAU Regional Office to be launched – after the East Africa Regional Office (EARO) was launched at the University of Khartoum in Sudan on the March 14, 2018.
The main goal of the AAU North Africa Regional Office is to increase the impact of AAU’s activities in North Africa and maximize the benefits of AAU to the membership universities in North Africa. The decentralization of the Association’s activities is expected to help improve both the visibility of the AAU and the quality of Higher Education in Africa.
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