19. June 2014 – 21. June 2014

Higher Education, Mobility and Migration in and out of Africa

International Conference, Vienna



DAY 1: Thursday, June 19th

8:30-9:15 Registration and Coffee

9:15-10:00 OPENING

Welcome Address
Wolfgang Lutz, Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (Austrian Academy of Sciences; Economic University of Vienna)

Introductory Lecture
Higher education and academic research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Achievements - problems - prospects,
Max Haller


Session 1. University education in Africa – Problems, challenges, proposals

Chair: Roland Verwiebe

10:00-10:30 The development of higher education in Africa. A global comparison, Anne Goujon [more]

10:30-11:00 The higher education harmonization process in Africa (compared with the Bologna process),Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:00 Sociolinguistic perspectives on the internationalization of higher education in Africa,Gabriele Slezak [more]

12:30-13:00 Financing higher education institutions in Africa: Future directionsThadeus Mkamwa and Susan Mlangwa [more]

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

Session 2. The functions of higher education for African economies and societies

Chair: Charles Rwabukwali

14:00-14:30 Public and private universities in the East Africa: missions and visions, Bernadette Müller Kmet[more]

14:30-15:00 Higher education, the social sciences and national development in Nigeria, Geoffrey I. Nwaka

15:00-15:30 Managing academic research for policy impact in Ghana: The missing ingredient, George K.T. Oduro and Georgina Y. Oduro[more]

15:30  Coffee Break

16:00-18:00 Social Programme: Vienna City Tour

DAY 2: Friday, June 20th


Session 3. Inter-university mobility and migration of students, teachers
                  and academics

Chair: Franz Höllinger

9:00-9:30 Higher education and occupational mobility in Nigeria: Implications for national development, Ezekiel Oluwagbemiga Adeyemi[more]

9:30-10:00 Inter-African Cross-cultural Dialogue: Accounts of South-South Dialogue between the American University in Cairo (AUC) and African Universities,Mohamed Ibrahim Fahmy Menza[more]

10:00-10:30 International scholarships for higher education and local economy of knowledge: The case of Bamako’s Islamic schools, Émilie Roy [more]

10:30-11:00 Partnership in research and education between German and Tanzanian institutions: challenges, benefits and constraints,
Nathalie Jean-Baptiste and Sigrun Kabisch[more]

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Session 4. Mobility and migration out of Africa and back. Brain drain or knowledge transfer?

Chair: Anne Goujon

11:30-12:00 Current and prospective brain drain in Mozambique, Inês Macamo Raimundo[more]

12:00-12:30 Where did all the Researchers go? Understanding the Role of Transnational Mobility for Academic Careers in the Mozambican Research and Higher Education System, Mans Fellesson[more]

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break

Session 5. Return migration

Chair: Ezana Amdework

13:30-14:00 Between return and mobility. Biographies and networks of young scholars from Sub-Saharan African Countries, Carola Bauschke-Urban, Kirsten Heusgen

14:00-14:30Coming full circle” – job hunting experiences of Ghanaian and Cameroonian graduates who studied in Germany and who returned, Julia Boger[more]

14:30-15:00 Coffee Break


Session 6. Improving the quality of higher education

Chair: Robinson Mose Ocharo

15:00-15:30 Action learning in real-world settings in Uganda, Nicaragua and Italy: Empowering students to explore their future roles as responsible actors for sustainable development, Lorenz Probst[more]

15:30-16:00 The quality assurance in higher education: The case study of the National University of Lesotho,Rosemary Juma[more]

19:00   Conference Dinner

DAY 3: Saturday, June 21st

Session 7. Exchanges and collaborations between Africa and Europe

Chair: Bernadette Müller Kmet

9:00-9:30Developments, directions and discourses. Academic collaboration between African and European universities, Christine Scherer[more]

9:30-10:00 Austrian support to higher education in Africa: A review of experiences and future prospects from the Ugandan perspective, Helen N. Nakimbugwe[more]

10:00-10:30 Promoting peace and stability through postgraduate education: Evaluating challenges to the funding, management and delivery of an exported postgraduate programme in Security Sector Management in Ethiopia, Paula-Louise Macphee and Ann M. Fitz-Gerald 

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Session 8. CLOSING Roundtable AND Forward look. Academic partnerships between North and South

Chair: Max Haller

11:00-12:30 3 – 5 conference speakers

12:30-12:40 Concluding address:
Heinz Fassmann, Director of Department of Urban and Spatial Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences & Vice-Rector, University of Vienna