January 2015, the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network became an Affiliate Member of the International Association of Universities (IAU). 30th January 2015, Eva Egron-Polak, the Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the International Association of Universities (IAU) wrote the Founder and Executive President of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON).
“I am pleased to confirm that the request of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network to become an IAU Affiliate has been reviewed and approved. We are delighted to welcome your organisation among the IAU Affiliates and look forward to a close collaboration between our two organisations”.
The IAU Secretary General further wrote in March “Your support, as a new IAU Affiliate is of tremendous importance to us, and I thank you once again for your contribution. I look forward to a fruitful and mutually beneficial collaboration with Africa Asia Scholars Global Network.
10th EIRP & 5th AGAUC International Conference
AASGON in May 2015 attended the 10th EIRP & 5th annual International Conference on Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges, hosted by Danubius University, Galati, Romania. Dr Shawn Chen, President of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) and Founder/Chairman of SIAS International University, China, was at the occasion, conferred with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Danubius University.
The AASGON President, who is a Member of the Advisory Council of AUAP, accompanied by his beautiful wife, Wendy, were during their brief stay in Romania, treated to delightful lunches and dinners at the elegant and stylish Egreta Holiday Resort, where delicious and delectable meals were served and exciting boat rides in the Danube River provided. According to Wendy, the meals were cooked to perfection, and the wine selection was exotic. The exciting moments and the hilarious, thrilling and fascinating boat ride will for long be remembered.
IAUP 50th Anniversary
The 50th Anniversary of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) IAUP was held in Oxford at Trinity College and Wroxton College (Farleigh Dickinson University, Oxfordshire.) in May 20-25, 2015. AASGON celebrated the occasion with IAUP members and the academic community worldwide and with the theme “Higher Education in 2065”, attended the association’s Semi-Annual meeting.
The AASGON President later met with the IAU President, Prof. Toyoshi Satow, who, at the historic celebration in Oxford, officially endorsed the proposed formation of the ‘Forum of Africa Arab Asia-Pacific University Presidents’ (FAAAPUP) and the Pride of Africa Arab Asia-Pacific University Leadership (PAAAPUL) Global Awards.
AUAP 20th Anniversary
The Annual meeting of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) was held on the 26th of July, 2015. It was hosted by Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The occasion also marked the 20th anniversary of the AUAP. About 200 leaders of a number of colleges and universities in the Asia-Pacific region attended this conference.
As proposed by AASGON at the conference, Heads of Universities present, fully endorsed the formation of the ‘Forum of Africa Arab and the Asia Pacific Presidents’ (FAAAPUP) and the ‘Pride of Africa Arab and the Asia Pacific University Leadership (PAAAPUL) Global Awards. They also approved of the Universities Strategic management Workshops for Sustainable Development initiated by AASGON.
The ACCSEP initiative of AASGON was also embraced as essential for enhancing the knowledge and growth of scholars and respective higher institutions. In view of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s overwhelming conviction ‘that strong tie between developing countries is essential for global economic growth’, the emergence of FAAAPUP and the PAAAPUL Global Awards are regarded by experts as long overdue, as these will promote South-South Dialogue and inspire new global initiatives and strategies for 21st century sustainable development.
In July 2015 the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON) became a member of the Strategic Forum of the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI).
A dynamic community for fostering ICT‐enabled innovation to improve European competitiveness and for the benefit of society, EAI uses open e‐platforms for virtual cooperation, complemented with annual innovation summits to inspire grassroots collaboration among all relevant actors, from organisations to individuals, to stimulate community driven innovation in key areas of science,technology and business
As Member of the EAI Strategic Forum, AASGON actively participated in the SmartCity360 Summit held in Bratislava, Slovakia, 13 -16th September 2015. The AASGON Founder and Executive President was appointed member of the Technical Program Committee of the EAI International Conference on Mobility in IOT and was present at the International Summit on Internet of Things (10T360) held in Rome, Italy, 27th -29th October 2015
Following the in depth discussion on possible strategic partnership, between Prof. George Teodorescu, the Executive Chairman of DAC ( Danubius Academic Consortium) and Mr. Abdul Dewale Mohammed, the Founder and Executive President of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON), in Galati (Romania) and Bratislava (Slovakia), respectively, an MoU was on the 27th of October signed between the two networking organisations in Rome.
The OBJECTIVE and SCOPE of the Strategic PARTNERSHIP aims to:
Create a win-win partnership between the AASGON and DAC in both: academic and transfer of innovation to economic progression and sustainability.
Educate Innovators on Master level and training in Certificate Courses partner institutions in Africa and the Asia-Pacific within the European Universities of DAC.
Encourage the multicultural and cross domain learning experience of the partner institutions of both: AASGON and DAC through the AASGON Academic Culture Career Scholarship and Exchange Program (ACCSEP).
Team up for creating and sharing an Excellence Center for a better conversion of academic concepts into products and market success in both DAC network area and AASGON set of connections.
Build up a joint AASGON / DAC Think Tank for outlining developing trends and addressing apex issues.
Endorse the joint project partnership between AASGON and DAC Universities in various domains and not least for stimulating the life quality refreshment of habitats based on local resources and local talent.
Encourage the lectures of AASGON specialists in DAC Universities and DAC specialists in AASGON partner institutions across Africa Asia and the Pacific.
Promote exposure of students’ talent and valuable ideas to investors and corporate context in AASGON and DAC network area.
Encourage and endorse the creation of a common platform of dialogue and publishing in the domain of innovation and enterprise.
IAU Siena Conference
At the IAU International Conference held in Siena, Italy on 28-30 October 2015, the Founder and Executive President of Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON), Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed, met with both the President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Prof. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak and Ms. Eva Egron-PoIak, the Secretary General to discuss a number of initiatives that could help strengthen the work of the IAU and the partnership between the two global networks of higher educational institutions.
The AASGON President also had very useful strategic partnership discussions with heads of university associations such as the Secretary General of the Africa Association of Universities (AAU), Prof. Etienne Ehouan Ehile, the Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities (IAU), Prof. Furqan Qamar and the Assistant Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities, Prof. Mustafa Idris Elbashir
FAAAPUP & PAAAPUL Global Awards:
Championed by the United Nations in facing the challenges of the 21st century, ‘Renewed Partnerships for Sustainable Development’, an off-shoot of Post MDGs, is being gradually incorporated in the mind-set of not just the academics but governments and the private sector, and thus largely becoming the beacon and watchword for the future growth and stability anticipated across nations of the world
Acknowledging the absence of a functional collaborating platform for heads of universities in developing countries to proactively engage and the dearth of a unitary stimulus for promoting academic enterprise, Prof. Toyoshi Satow, President of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), and Dr. Ramu Damodaran, Chief United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of IAUP held in Oxford, May 2015, fully endorsed the establishment of the ‘Forum of Africa Arab Asia-Pacific University Presidents’ (FAAAPUP) and the Pride of Africa Arab Asia-Pacific University Leadership (PAAAPUL) Global Awards.
Subsequently Prof. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, the IAU President; Dr. Shawn Chen, President AUAP; Prof. Sultan T. Abuorabi Al-Adwan, AARU Secretary General; and Prof. Etienne Ehouan Ehile, Secretary General AAU, along with over a thousand heads of Universities from Africa Arab and Asia–Pacific inspired AASGON to forge ahead with the ultimate launch of these two grand initiatives.
Through the inspirational platform of academics, FAAAPUP’s main aim is to enhance the analysis of developmental problems and further promote high quality education, strengthen good governance, poverty alleviation, peace and sustainable growth within the developing nations.
FAAAPUP and PAAAPUL Global Awards will acknowledge innovation and boost comprehensive mobility through internationalization by enriching the quality of learning, experience sharing, culture and knowledge of policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators and leaders of thought and actions.
With Universities around the world now grappling with changing dynamics of traditional funding models together with the need to grow sustainably and AASGON’s recognition of a dual focus on both academic research and commercially oriented activities, of which Ambos et al. (2008) argued that universities can resolve tension by being ambidextrous and creating dual structures, the creation of a more practical ‘Strategic Management Workshop for the Sustainable Development of Universities” in the 21st century became inevitable.
Lockett et al. (2005) highlighted the business development capability of technology transfer offices, selecting inventions with greater commercialization prospects and while these studies and many others draw attention to the administration of universities, they do not fully address strategic management issues confronting universities.
To buttress these assertions that universities are having the additional challenges of balancing academic rigor and relevance, and growing enterprise and commercial activities across the sector, over 60 heads of universities Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research to Deans of Business Schools from about 25 countries, present at the 20th Anniversary of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), held in Thailand 22nd – 30th July 2015, endorsed the introduction of Universities’ Strategic Management Workshop for Sustainable Development (USMW4SD), as conceptualized by AASGON.
Providing heads of Higher Education Institutions with a unique sustainable interface among education, business, government and the civil society, the interactive strategic management workshop was designed to enhance research, investment, innovation and sustainability.
With scholars in leadership positions including Chancellors, Pro-Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Provosts, Deans and Directors of Marketing and External Relations, having the additional challenges of balancing academic rigor and relevance, and growing enterprise and commercial activities across their institutions, the Universities Strategic Management Workshop for Sustainable Development (USMW4SD) is part of Africa Asia Scholars Global Network’s response to the UN Pro-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda in helping leaders in the academic sector respond to challenges and become more proficient and considerably productive.
Thanking the AASGON President, Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed, for his contribution to excellence in the higher education community, Prof. Toyoshi Satow, the President of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and Chancellor, J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo, Japan, expressed his sincere gratitude to AASGON’s continuous support to the IAUP activities and wished that the USMW4SD will be a great success
Previous Projects and Events – Pre 2015
Addressing Social and Economic Challenges in the pursuit for Sustainable Development consultations held with Students, Lecturers and University Rectors in May 2011, led to the establishment of ACCSEP – ‘Academic, Career, Cultural and Summer Exchange Program’ and the ‘Pride of Africa Asia Pacific University Leadership (PAAPUL) Global Awards and Expo’ proposed for launch in September 2015 as part of the celebration of the 33rd International Peace Day.
As conceptualized by AASGON both the ACCSEP and PAAPUL concepts have been well acclaimed by considerable number of Universities from China, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, and overwhelmingly by some African universities and corporate firms, who view the University community a very huge market and platform for promoting sustainable development.
Engaging the academic and scientific community to tap into worldwide technological know-how in the private sector and civil society, and complement practical recommendations on a global post-2015 agenda”, AASGON is putting forward a number of strategies that will fashion a much ‘Sustainable Development Goal’ (SDGs) through meaningful and productive partnership.
AASGON’s 1st Consultative Forum and 48th Africa Day Celebration
A number of VIPs acknowledged AASGON’s 1st Consultative Forum and 48th Africa Day Celebration, held at Medway Universities, in Kent on May 26, 2011.
As key note speaker and special guest, the Ambassador of Indonesia to the United Kingdom delivered a four page paper, where he commended AASGON and called on Government, Institutions and Private Business to collaborate with AASGON to achieve its lofty goals.
A long list of Heads of Diplomatic Missions notably His Excellency Khaled Al-Duwaisan, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Kuwait in London; Dr. M. Sayeedur Rahman Khan, the Bangladesh High Commissioner; Nalin Surie, the Indian High Commissioner; Mr. A. Kundasamy, the Mauritius Ambassador; George Liswaniso, Namibia High Commissioner; Michael Eng Cheng Teo, Singapore High Commissioner; Edward Mohamed Turay, Sierra Leone High Commissioner; Dr. Zola Skweyiya, South African High Commissioner and Mrs. Dumsile T. Sukati, Swaziland High Commissioner were very expressive in congratulating the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON) for organising the event .
Other dignitaries with tributes to AASGON were Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General & ESCAP Executive Secretary; Anne Brevik, UK National Commission for UNESCO; David Bull Executive Director UNICEF UK; Mr. Bob Dudley Group Chief Executive BP Plc.; Mr. Peter Voser, CEO Shell International B.V.; Andrew Witty CEO Glaxo Smithkline; Mark Boland CEO Marks and Spencer (M&S) and David Hodgetts MD Honda (UK).
November 14 – 19, 2011
In conjunction with the ASEAN and EAST ASIA SUMMITS 2011, a ‘Series of Conferences, Workshops, Socio-cultural Visits were held in four Indonesian cities of Jakarta, Bandung, Malang and Bali November 14-19, 2011,
Organised by Universitas Indonesia and Universite le Havre, France, the International Conference was jointly supported by Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Udayana, University of Mauritius, University Network of Euro-Maghreb Cooperation and Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON).
The main theme of the International conference was ‘The Dynamic of International Exchanges in Africa, Asia and Europe’ Paper presented by the AASGON Executive President at the conference was titled ‘Equity in Africa Asia Strategic Partnership’. AASGON 3rd Vice President, Prof. Aliohune Agueye and Prof. Louie A. Divinagracia also a distinguished Member of the Board of Directors of AASGON presented papers at the Conference/Workshops.
In his tribute to the 1955 Asian African Conference held in Bandung, the AASGON President delivered a moving and thought provoking speech at the historic Bandung Museum Centre in Bandung.
In February 2012 Prof. Dr. Ir. Yogi Sugito, Rector of the University of Brawijaya (UB), in Malang Indonesia, invited AASGON to his University to explore areas of cooperation in the promotion of Academic Entrepreneurship in the University. This follows AASGON’s earlier visit in November 2011 and further consultations with other Rectors and Presidents at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta; the University of Udayana, Bali, University of Padjadjaran, Bandung and the University of Gadja Mada (UGM) Yogyakarta, as well as Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Obed Bapela
July 2012 – Dubai World Energy Forum
In 2012 the AASGON Chief was appointed Strategic Business and Marketing Consultant by the UN Head Office New York based ‘World Energy Forum’ (WEF). He was WEF sole representative for the United Kingdom, Nigeria and 10 countries in South East Asia. Subsequently the well acclaimed World Energy Forum 2012 Strategic Media Event proposed by the AASGON Founder and Executive President to the Government of Dubai was successfully held on 19th July 2012 at Amani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, Dubai, the world’s tallest building (829.8 m).
2012 Working Visit to Malaysia
Along with the 6 Heads of Research Units of the Africa Asia Development University Network (AADUN), the AASGON Executive President, Abdul ‘Deweale Mohammed in December 2012 met with Prof. Dr. Awang Bulgiba Bin Awang Mahmud, the University of Malaya Deputy Vice-Chancellor and first Malaysian doctor to gain a PhD in Health Informatics.
He was later received by Professor Dato’ Dr. Mahani Zainal Abidin, Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia’s premier think-tank, and Prof. Dato’ Muhamad Rasat Muhamad, the President/CEO of the Multimedia University (MMU), Malaysia’s first private university.
December 2012- Unlocking the Wealth of Universities
On the invitation of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) and the National University of Malaysia (UKM), the Founder and Executive President of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON), Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed spoke on the ‘21st Century Challenges on Education, Employment, Human Capital and Wealth Creation at the AUAP 9th General Conference and 33rd Board Meeting held in Malaysia, 4-6 December 2012. The theme of the conference was ”Unlocking the Wealth of Universities: Academic Entrepreneurship
7th December 2012
AASGON was well received at the Headquarters of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With seven top UN officials in attendance, practical areas of collaboration were explored with AASGON at a meeting led by the UNU-IIGH Director-General.
2013 – Drive for Sustainable Food Security
AASGON in 2013 initiated Africa Asia Pacific University and Ministry of Agriculture Conference (AAPUMAC). Designed to complement the global drive for Sustainable Development Goals on Food Security and Agriculture particularly in poorer communities of Africa Asia Pacific, AASGON was in extensive communication with Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Ha Noi University of Agriculture (HUA).
By the expressed commendation of the Ministry and the University, AASGON was greatly inspired to forge ahead in initiating highly strategic schemes designed to help tackle extreme poverty in developing countries of the world.
July 2014 – National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria
The AASGON Executive President, Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed was invited as an Observer to the 1st Steering Committee Meeting of the National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria ‘Building Trust for Trade’, held on the 18th of August 2014 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
In response to AASGON President’s speech at the event, the Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment who chaired of the meeting, directed UNIDO (the project’s supervisory agency) to co-opt the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON) into future deliberations so that the accreditation and standardization policies and practices of Asia-Pacific countries can be more adequately factored into the final report of the committee.
The Minister further promised to provide additional funds as necessary to complement the 12m Euro funds committed by the European Union to the project.
August 2014 – D-8 SME Stakeholders Preparatory Meeting
AASGON in August 2014 took part in the D-8 SME Stakeholders Preparatory Meeting for the D-8 Countries’ Conference, hosted by the Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with the Small Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in Abuja.
The Committee Chairman was pleased to endorse AASGON’s proposal and outline for the establishment of the D-8 SME Resource and Research Development Centre. Complementing the D-8 strive towards reaching the benchmark of $500 billion dollars by the year 2018, the AASGON proposal aim to address the main impediments to rapid economic and industrial development of member countries; the lack of monitoring institutions, inefficient banking system, lack of sufficient R&D, shortage of managerial skills, corruption, inefficient taxation, socio-cultural apprehensions, absence of social learning loops, lack of familiarity with international markets necessary for global competition, cumbersome bureaucratic procedures, shortage of skilled labour, lack of intellectual property protection and shortage of research centres.
The D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation is an organization for development cooperation among the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.
We really appreciate your endeavours to address socio-economic challenges and to form a platform for the development of sustainability through various programs, initiatives and partnerships. I would like to inform you that the Association of Arab universities which has at present 300 member universities is pleased to endorse the 'Forum of Africa Arab Asia-Pacific University Presidents (FAAAPUP) and the 'Pride of Africa Arab and Asia-Pacific University Leadership' (PAAAPUL) Global Awards and will be willing to give our support to fulfil your objectives”
We need to invest more in our people, our scholars and students. That is why AASGON’s work is so strategic and vital in our endeavour to overcome the massive difficulties that confront our continents.With our effective partnership and active participation, I’m confident that AASGON can help foster the socio-economic developments of the Asia and Africa.
I am pleased to confirm that the request of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network to become an IAU Affiliate has been reviewed and approved. We are delighted to welcome your organisation among the IAU Affiliates and look forward to a close collaboration between our two organisations