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Regional Insights into Sub-Saharan Africa.

With the rise of internationally mobile students from Sub-Saharan Africa, foreign exchange and currency instability and the recent UK Government’s decision of international students studying taught master’s courses in the UK not being able to bring dependents, what are the implications of this on international student recruitment and the region?

The imminent launch of the first ever ranking of universities in Sub-Saharan Africa by Times Higher Education (THE) also puts a spotlight on this region. What partnership opportunities are available to institutions? What role does policy play when building collaborations with institutions and increasing international student recruitment? What’s the local context and pulse on the ground?

Regional Insights into Sub-Saharan Africa

Date: Tuesday 27 June 2023

Time: 11am (BST)

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Our expert speakers

Meekness Lunga Ayidu, Senior Regional Programme Manager: Higher Education (SSA), British Council

Meekness has over 10 years combined experience of leading and managing diverse portfolios of education related initiatives in the social sector. She currently leads on the development and delivery of grant-funded regional programmes for the British Council in

Sub-Saharan Africa, as the Senior Regional Higher Education Programmes Manager. In her role, she oversees programme strategy alignment, design, and delivery while supporting geographically dispersed teams.  Her academic background is in the social sciences, and she holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Programme Evaluation from the University of Cape Town. Meekness is a specialist in designing monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems. Her research interests

relate to aligning these systems with global Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) standards. She is currently undertaking a Master for Business Administration (MBA) degree with a focus on responsible leadership and Managing International Organizations (MIO).  She is passionate about education as a tool for youth development and is committed to contributing to tackling social justice issues, as well as advancing and promoting gender equality.

Kaozara Oyalowo, Policy Officer (Africa and the Middle East), UUKi

Kaozara leads UUKi’s policy and engagement work with Africa and the Middle East, supporting UK institutions to achieve their international aims. Kaozara studied Arabic and International Business at University of Leeds with a year abroad in Morocco and has worked in higher education since 2018, first in accommodation services as a student, then after graduation at De Montfort University Student Union as a volunteering and mentoring coordinator and at De Montfort University as a harassment support advisor.

Stuart Rennie, Managing Director, SJRennie Consulting and Managing Director, AfaraEd and The IC Global Fellow.

Stuart is Managing Director of SJRennie Consulting Ltd and Managing Director of AfaraEd.  He is an International Education Consultant with over 20 years’ experience and  specialises in Sub Saharan Africa.  Stuart has worked as Director and Head of successful, target-driven International Offices at leading UK universities and also has business development experience in the private sector with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Kaplan.   Stuart  is also an IC Global Fellow.