Meeting of the Pan African University Rectorate and PAU Alumni Executive Bureau (11-12 March 2019, Yaoundé, Cameroon)
Yaoundé, 11 March 2019, the meeting of the Pan African University Rectorate and PAU Alumni Executive Bureau was held at the Headquarters of the Pan African University Rectorate.
Following the first General Assembly of the Pan African University Alumni Association (PAUAA) held from 12-13 December 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which resulted in the adoption of the Statute of the association and election of the bureau, the meeting gathering both the PAU Rectorate and PAU Alumni Executive Bureau aimed to stimulate the Executive Bureau of the Association to be more functional and effective. More specifically, the meeting had as main objective to produce and validate an action plan with concrete activities and to work towards addressing the concerns of PAUAA Alumni.
The two-day meeting was attended by PAU Rectorate staff, Directors of PAU Institutes and members of the PAU Alumni Executive Bureau including the President, the Vice President, the Treasurer, the SG Assistant, the Finance Secretary, the Communication Officer, the Public Relations Officer, all representing the five geographic regions of Africa.
The meeting was chaired by Prof. Callistus Ogol, Coordinator of the Pan African E and Virtual University, who welcomed the audience and indicated that the alumni association will serve to ensure traceability of graduates, Identify types of support PAU can provide, provide supports for purposes of internship programs and allow create a network with potential employers.
The meeting per se consisted of a series of presentations on key topics including:
- Presentation of experience to operationalize and finance an alumni;
- Status report about PAUAA;
- How to ensure the operationalization of the PAU alumni?
- Presentation of the 2019-2020 Alumni Action Plan, PAUAA Logo and letter heads;
- Discussions and adoption of Action Plan, PAUAA Logo and letter heads;
Several recommendations were made following the presentations.
The closing remarks were delivered by Prof. Ogol who on behalf of the interim Rector thanked the participants for the efforts deployed towards making this initiative a success. This meeting proved to be relevant because it established the foundation for effective operationalization of the association. The PAUAA Bureau is the pioneer of the Association and as such the PAU counts on them to lay down a solid foundation before the end of their mandate.