Meet the Ambassadors Event - Celebrating 15 years of AUGent Africa Platform

24-11-2022 from 14:00 to 20:00
Refter, Het Pand, Ghent University, Onderbergen 1, Ghent
Africa Platform of Ghent University Association



  • 14h00: Opening by Prof. Rik Van de Walle, Rector of Ghent University


  • 14h10: General outline AUGent Africa Platform and achievements over the last 15 years (Prof. Karen Büscher, AUGent Africa Platform Chair)


  • 14h30: AUGent representatives testifying about their engagement with Africa
    • Collaboration between Jimma (Ethiopia) and Ghent University: first dating in 2005, engaged as strategic institutional partners since 2018  (Prof. Luc Duchateau, UGent Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)
    • Howest’s applied approach in collaboration with African partners (Dr. Frederik D’hulster, HoWest Vice-Rector of Education and International Affairs)
    • The Open Doors Fellowship Program - For women researchers in Africa (Prof. Laura Cortada-Gonzalez, UGent Faculty of Sciences & Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach)
    • I am not my ancestors. Humasol’s vision to remain relevant as an international solidarity organization (Ir. Michiel Van Cauwelaert, UGent Faculty of Engineering and Architecture)
    • Bridging research and policy on sexual and reproductive health and rights (Dr. Simukai Shamu, Management Committee Member of the Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy)
    • Interdisciplinary research on the present and the past of Bantu-speaking Africa (Prof. Koen Bostoen & Dr. Guy Kouatara, UGent Faculty of Arts & Philosophy)


  • 15h30: Coffee break


  • 16h00: Round table with a selection of African Ambassadors on the interaction between academia and policy level (45’ discussion + 45' interaction with/questions from the audience), moderated by Prof. Olivier Degomme (UGent Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)


  • 17h30: Reception + networking