Following the first African Higher Education Summit held in Dakar, Senegal in March 2015, the African Union Commission (AUC) established a Committee of 10 Heads of State as African Champions of Education, Science and Technology and endorsed President Macky Sall of Senegal as the first coordinator of the group. This resolution is in line with earlier commitments recognising the importance of education to strengthen science for development on the continent as outlined in the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024).
The President of Malawi, one of the 10 champions, has offered to host the first meeting of the Committee of 10 during October 2017 in Lilongwe. A technical task team has been constituted including representatives from Malawi, Mauritius, Egypt, Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, the Association of African Universities (AAU), FANRPAN, RUFORUM and other stakeholders
The first meeting of the technical task team was held from 02 to 05 May in Lilongwe, Malawi. Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director International Relations and Cooperation and a member of the technical task team, facilitated the three-day meeting of 50 continental representatives.