Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Education in Africa


Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am


Virtual Event - Details Below

November 18th - Meeting the Challenges of Higher Education in Africa

Institutions of higher education in Africa have acknowledged even prior to the pandemic that increased access to virtual learning is necessary to bring down costs and expand access to education. COVID-19 accelerated that need as institutions were forced to go digital, but concerns have come up around access to data and personal devices. Likewise, universities must grapple with how to create engaging digital content, project- and team-based learning, and learning assessments in a virtual environment. The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities for universities in Africa to move digital and what role the private sector and government have in helping to meet these challenges.

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This webinar will be livestreamed on Facebook:


  • Atieno Adala, Director, Center for Excellence Learning & Teaching, United States International University (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Himdat Bayusuf, Education Specialist, Task Team Lead, Africa Centers of Excellence Higher Education Project (ACE) World Bank, Washington DC (Washington DC)
  • Imed Hammouda, Professor of Software Engineering & Dean, Mediterranean Institute of Technology - MedTech (Tunis, Tunisia)
  • Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Principal and Vice-Chancellor Designate, University of the Witwatersrand,(Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Moderated by Professor Wafaie Fawzi, Interim Oppenheimer Faculty Director, Harvard Center for African Studies & Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health, Harvard University


The Harvard University Center for African Studies in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is hosting a series of webinars on the topic of COVID-19 and Africa. Held each Wednesday for one hour from 10am EST, CAS’ Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series will bring together the private sector, policy makers, academics, and practitioners for a series of conversations across health, technology, and economy, among others. Please check  our COVID-19 Resources page for upcoming webinars and recordings of previous webinars. Join our weekly newsletter to receive updated information.


7:00AM PDT 
10:00AM EDT 
4:00PM WAT
5:00PM CAT 
6:00PM EAT 

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ORGANIZERS: Harvard Center for African Studies & Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

CO-SPONSOR: Organisation for Global Africa Cooperation (OGAC)