Ever since the 2001 Kelly Report (Challenging the Challenger) several African institutions have voiced their concern about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and also implemented several actions in the area. The AAU Working Group on Higher Education has for some time been concerned about the threat that HIV/AIDS constitutes to teachers, students and administrators in higher education in Africa
. AAU’s HIV/AIDS Core Programme has now composed a Mobile Task Team ”...to assist and empower ... HEIs to develop policies, programmes, services and knowledge as a response to the impact of HIV/AIDS on HEIs.” The funding is provided by the Swedish International Development Agency.
In other Africa related news, ACA recently drew attention to UK fears of de-valuing international institutional partnerships in the face of agressive student recruitment (ACA Newsletter – Education Europe August 2007
). The UK government recently announced two hefty grants to the AAU and its members
. The first grant of £3m is to support 40 partnership arrangements between English universities and African partners, the second of £3.5m is to the AUU to mobilise capacity and experience at the regional level for revitalising higher education in its member institutions.