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Call for contributions

 African Universities and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nations across the globe including those on the African continent had to rapidly come to terms with coping and finding solutions to the challenges that beset them with the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. African universities and indeed even those in the global north, had many challenges to overcome primarily with continuing education, responding to community needs, and providing accurate and continuous information to students and staff. Most universities responded with various levels of successes and they continue to confront the ongoing challenges from continued teaching and learning to financial sustainability.

AAP Perspectives is a new Thought Piece series that is published by the Michigan State University Press. Perspectives is issuing a call for contributions about African Universities and the COVID-19 Pandemic, which is a follow on from the AAP dialogue series held between April – July 2020. The six-part dialogue series were organized to strengthen ties between the AAP consortium members and other stakeholders at the time of the crisis, catalyze action and share innovative solutions around key challenges, increase awareness of African universities as knowledge brokers/leaders on the continent, establish areas for future collaboration amongst the consortium, and ensure that investment in universities post COVID-19 is on the agenda of African governments, the private sector, and donors.

Perspectives welcomes contributions from anywhere in the world that are short, critical reflections of the responses of African universities and their key stakeholders to the pandemic. The six thematic sections of the thought piece is shown in Appendix 1 and the style guide is available in Appendix 2. The first section will share the immediate responses and lessons learnt by African universities including societal contributions; the other sections will address issues around international collaboration, educational access, food and economic security, psychosocial impact as well as engagement with partners, donors, and stakeholders.

Objective and Aim: to share the perspectives and experiences of University Vice Chancellors, Senior Faculty as well as stakeholder organizations in the public, private, and donor sector about their response working under challenging conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the opportunities for partnering and engaging in the future.

Important dates: All contributors will be required to confirm participation using the submission form and acknowledge the following dates

  • Submission form returned – November 30th 2020
  • Receipt of first draft from authors – January 11th 2021
  • Receipt of final draft from authors – January 29th 2021
  • Copy editing / printing issue – February 22nd 2021
  • Launch of issue of AAP Perspectives  – March 31st 2021

Submissions: All contributions must be submitted online in English on the AAP Perspectives website: First-time authors will need to register on the site first and then login to continue submission of their contribution, which must meet the style guidelines outlined in Appendix 2 in the call for contributions. The detailed author guidelines are available on the website.

AAP Perspectives Call for Contributions [pdf]

AAP Perspectives Submission Form [doc]

Publication and distribution: AAP Perspectives is published by the MSU Press and distributed using a creative commons licensing and will be freely available to the public by download on the website. Print-on-demand copies of the publication will be available for purchase online by the general public; discounted rates are available for selected individuals and institutions by contacting AAP Perspectives via email at aappublications(at)

For further information, please contact:

Guest Editors

  • Jose Jackson-Malete: AAP Co-Director, MSU Office (jacks184(at)
  • Amy Jamison, AAP Co-Director, MSU Office (jamisona(at)

AAP Perspectives Staff:

Journals Manager, MSU Press

  • Natalie Eidenier (eidenie1(at)