On 22-23 July 2019, the University of Mauritius hosted the annual Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Africa Forum for the first time, exploring the theme of Local and Global: From Small Island States to the World.
The Forum featured a range of presentations including from the Mauritius Minister for Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Hon. Mrs. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Australian High Commissioner to Mauritius, H.E. Ms. Jenny Dee, several AAUN Vice-Chancellors, IORA Chair in Indian Ocean Studies, Prof. V. Attri, and a number of AAUN researchers and other organisational representatives.
AfREC was represented at the well-attended Forum by Research Fellow Prof. Erika Techera, in her capacity as UWA Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) (Acting), who spoke on the panel “The Blue Economy: Regional Opportunities and Demand”, and AfREC Director Dr David Mickler, who presented a keynote address entitled “Deepening Australia-Africa Literacy: Education Instruments” (see presentation slides below). The Forum included separate workshops on Digital Technologies, and Food Security and Nutrition, as well as the annual face-to-face AAUN Africa Steering Group meeting and Forum Dinner.
Australian High Commissioner Ms Dee hosted a welcome reception at the Residence for AAUN Forum participants and later chaired a separate Research and Education Roundtable at the university of Mauritius to explore deeper collaboration between AAUN members and representatives of the Mauritius education sector, including government, universities and other research and education institutions.