The Association of African Universities (AAU) runs the Leadership Development Workshop (LEDEV) series to enhance the leadership skills of university leaders, particularly in the promotion of innovation and the management of change. LEDEV workshops are a follow-up to the Association’s successful Senior University Management Workshop (SUMA) series, which ran from 1992 to 2002.  The current series forms part of the AAU Capacity Development Project for the Revitalisation of African Higher Education Institutions (AAU-CADRE), funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).

Between 2007 to date, 7 LEDEV workshops have been held respectively at the following locations: Windhoek, Namibia (August, 2007); Kigali, Rwanda (April, 2008); Dakar, Senegal (October, 2009) Mombasa, Kenya (September, 2010) Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (September, 2013); Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (November, 2013) and Kampala, Uganda (February, 2014)


Themes that were selected for facilitation were from the following:

  • Strategic Planning in Higher Education Institutions
  • Leadership and Governance in Higher Education Institutions
  • Financial Management: Resource Mobilisation, Allocation, Financial Analysis, Reporting and Performance Monitoring
  • Institutional Culture, Gender and Change
  • Governance of Research
  • Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions
  • ICT and Research and Education Networking
  • University leadership and the fight against HIV and AIDS
  • University-Industry Linkages
  • University Advancement and Resource Mobilisation



LEDEV is intended primarily for:

  • Rectors, Presidents, Principals and Vice Chancellors
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Rectors, and Vice-Presidents,
  • Directors of Institutes, Deans of Faculties
  • Members of University Councils
  • Heads and Deputy Heads of higher education regulatory agencies

To ensure effective interaction and exchange, the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30, selected on the principle of “first come, first served”. Though participation is open to all involved in higher education leadership, preference is given to persons holding the positions listed above, as well as female applicants.