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The Ethics of AI and Data in Higher Education

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    Suchith Anand

    Dear colleagues
    The Association of African Universities (AAU), the University of Nottingham, and the Ethical Data Initiative are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion exploring The Ethics of AI and Data in Higher Education. The online event is part of aweek-long celebration of Africa Universities’ Day, marking 56 years of the AAU’s service to Africa’s higher education sector.
    This year’s Africa Universities’ Day theme is Artificial Intelligence in African Higher Education Institutions. With the increasing pace of technological development and the growing cross-sectoral importance of AI and data, this year’s topic fittingly centres around how these developments (IoT, AR, VR, language processing…) impact teaching, learning, research, collaboration, ethics, privacy, and administrative functions of African Higher Education Institutions.
    The online panel discussion, which will be held on the 10 November 2023, will delve into how the exponential rise in technological development has impacted the education sector and the ethical considerations that need to be taken into account as a result. The panel of experts will consider the role of AI and other emerging and quickly developing technologies in higher education and research, and what challenges this raises for policy makers, educators, researchers and students: Including the importance of covering ethics in education generally.
    Details of the webinar at…
    The digital revolution has transformed the way we live, solving many issues and leading to better decision-making; it has also given rise to numerous questions and challenges which, of course, affect everyone. Africa certainly has not been left behind in this data revolution – which affects all of us, though perhaps not all in the same way – but we do all need to be aware of how our data is being used and stored, what our responsibilities are and how regional and international legislation affects us.
    To this end, the three organisations have begun the Campaign for Data Ethics in Education, to advocate for the inclusion of data ethics in all data science and research-based higher education courses, to train the next generation of data and research professionals about their legal and ethical responsibilities surrounding the use, reuse and sharing of data. Details at
    Best wishes
    Dr Suchith Anand
    Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | AI Ethics | AI Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data and AI Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate

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