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WATCH: UCL African Partners Summit

12 August 2020

The summit saw speakers from UCL’s partner institutions across the African continent discuss emerging lessons from COVID-19

Female African researcher testing COVID-19 samples in a lab

On 22 July 2020, the Global Engagement Office hosted the UCL African Partners Summit in two sessions to examine the impact of COVID-19 on global partnerships in higher education. 

The first session focused on emerging lessons from COVID-19 and the second on future directions of global engagement with African partners. Both were chaired by Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, UCL Pro-Vice-Provost (Africa & Middle East). 

The sessions featured speakers from UCL’s key partners in Africa: Njala University (Sierra Leone); the University of Cape Town, the University of Witwatersrand and the Africa Health Research Institute (South Africa); the African Research Universities Alliance (Ghana); and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

UCL academics Professor Deenan Pillay, Pro-Vice-Provost (International), and Professor Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes (Department of Computer Science) also joined the discussions.

More than 75 people attended the summit, which was held virtually over MS Teams Live. Attendees were invited to join the live discussions by submitting and answering questions through Slido, an interactive polling platform. 

In his welcome address, Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost of UCL, said: “This summit gives us hope that that while we’re unable to progress global collaboration in person or face-to-face, we are in many ways more connected than ever before through virtual ways of working. By working together more virtually, we have been afforded an opportunity to be more creative and more courageous in developing alternative ways of conducting collaborative research and delivering education.”

Watch the recorded UCL African Partners Summit below:

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