Internationalization and the MDGs : What has Higher Education Contributed ?

6th ANIE Annual Conference
1st to 3rd October 2014
Accra, Ghana

(Co-hosted with University of Ghana & Association of African Universities-AAU)

Theme : Internationalization and the MDGs : What has Higher Education Contributed ?

Background and rationale

The year 2015 marks the deadline set for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is time to take stock of the progress made since 2000 when the UN General Assembly adopted the 8 MDGs to respond to gross inequalities in human development worldwide. The attainment of the MDGs was to lead to the development of a shared future based on a common humanity and its diversity. It was already noted that it was almost impossible attaining the MDGs without the involvement of higher education. The mobilization of both internal and external resources to revitalize African universities to enable them address these challenges has therefore been an important agenda. Following the UNESCO 2009 WCHE, the African Union, African regional organizations, governments and international partners embarked on initiatives to foster and build partnerships with Africa universities with emphasis on the MDGs.

ANIEs 6th Annual Conference addresses the contribution of the University partnerships and internationalization towards the attainment of these goals with a focus on Africa. It will discuss the impacts of partnerships in research and innovations, mobility, governance, capacity building and knowledge transfers as they relate to the 8MDGs. Our focus is on results not intentions, actualities not potentials, practice and not theory.

Sub Themes :

  • Institutional partnerships for research and societal development
  • Curriculum innovations towards the achievement of the MDGs
  • Internationalization, Gender Equality and the MDGs
  • Fostering global partnerships for locally relevant impact

Call for sessions and papers

We invite abstracts of not more than 200 words and related to the main theme and the sub themes outlined above. They should be sent to on or before 30th April 2014.Authors of successful abstracts will be informed by 30th May 2014. Successful abstracts will be developed into full papers which will be co-published with the Association of African Universities (AAU) as proceedings of the conference

Important dates

  • Registration opens 1st April 2014
  • Submission of abstracts 30th April 2014
  • Acceptance of abstracts 30th May 2014
  • Early bird deadline 30th June 2014
  • Registration closed 20th August 2014
  • Conference dates 1st- 3rd October 2014
  • Conference Fees
  •  Early Bird After 30th June 2014

ANIE Member $150 $200 
Non-ANIE member (African countries) $200 $ 250 
Non-ANIE member (Rest of the world) $ 300 $ 350

Please note that conference fees will cover the costs of tea/coffee, lunches and conference materials.

Pre- conference workshops- 1st October 2014

We are also planning two parallel pre-conference workshops on 1st October 2014. The first will focus on Professionalization of international offices in African Universities while the second will be on Internationalization of the Curriculum. Each workshop targets a maximum of 40 participants (first come first serve) and will cost an additional 50 USD over the conference fees.

Participants will receive certificate of participation

More Information

The Africa Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) is a pan-African network and think-tank committed to the advancement of high quality research, capacity building, information sharing and exchange, transnational networking and cooperation, and policy advocacy on internationalization of education. Established in 2008, ANIE has its Secretariat based at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. ANIE will host the conference jointly with University of Ghana and Association of African Universities (AAU). More information on the conference can be obtained from or by visiting
James Otieno JOWI
Executive Director
African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE)
Moi University
P.O. Box 3900
30100 Eldoret, Kenya

Tel. +254 254 721 917 461
Fax. +254 53 43047