Africa-Europe collaboration: A new era in research excellence


The recent launch of 20 joint Clusters of Research Excellence (CoREs) by the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (The Guild) marks by far the largest and most important research collaboration agreement ever with African universities.
It is important to note that the ARUA-The Guild CoREs are not agreements between countries, but, instead, between universities in Africa and Europe.
These CoREs have been initiated and developed in relation to the ambitions of the African Union and European Union to enhance the role and importance of research, higher education and innovation in their formal collaboration agreement.
This culminated in the joint AU-EU Innovation Agenda, or IA, as part of the overall new collaboration agreement, signed in February 2022 at the sixth AU-EU summit and referred to as ‘A Joint Vision for 2030’.

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