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African students and alumni: the EU needs your feedback!

16/08/2017 - 15:22
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On November 29-30, African and European Heads of State will meet in Abidjan for the 5th AU-EU Summit to discuss the priorities for the partnership between the two continents for the years to come. The overarching theme will be “Investing in Youth” and ensuring an active and meaningful inclusion of young people in the run-up and at the Summit is a given.

Ahead of the summit and to meet this political commitment, collecting the views of students, academics and alumni is a key step, especially if decision-makers expect their involvement from the start and a high level of commitment from their side. That's why the European Commission put together a questionnaire on:

  • how young people and youth organisations (including alumni networks) could enhance the role of students in the governance of higher education institutions;
  • how they could contribute to make learning programmes more relevant and strengthen innovation in higher education.

The EUSurvey is accessible at the following link:



Agenda 2063 seeks to reinforce capacities of young people and youth organisations in Africa by calling for enhanced engagement with African partners on shared governance principles. Additionally, the Africa-EU Communication released in May this year highlights that increased investment in people is necessary to provide better quality of education, make a targeted and sizeable effort on vocational education and training, and more generally enhance the relevance of curricula through innovative and learner-centred approaches.