Nothing at all, entry is free.

Unless otherwise stated in the specific subject criteria, the judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice during the 2018-19 academic year.


We will accept submissions based on projects, initiatives or endeavors that commenced prior to the 2018-19 academic year, provided that core achievements have taken place during this main period of focus. We will also accept any evidence that has come to light after the close of the 2018-19 academic year if this further underlines success.

No, please choose the most appropriate category for each entry. If you are unsure which category to choose, please contact

The awards are open to anyone involved in EAST AFRICAN higher education. Entries can be completed by institutions themselves or their suppliers (architects, PR companies, etc.). If you are entering on behalf of an institution, please make sure it is happy for you to do so.


Some institutions now insist on all awards submissions going through a centralized process, but if this is not the case at your institution, we would still ask that potential entrants make their senior management and marketing teams aware that they are making a submission.

Yes (see below).

Institutions working together

If your entry relates to an initiative or project carried out in collaboration with another institution or institutions, the submission should come from the lead institution. In such cases, please include “University of <name> in collaboration with the University of <name>” or, in cases where the institutions are working together under a project title, “<project name (the universities of x, y and Z)>”, in the ‘Institution name’ field on the entry form.

If there is no lead institution, to avoid multiple entries for the same project, please agree who will make the submission on behalf of the group.

Institutions working with public or private partners

You may enter a project that has been undertaken in collaboration with an external public or private partner. In such cases, please include “University of <name> in collaboration with <name of partner>” in the ‘Institution name’ field on the entry form. (Please note that the award will be given to the winning higher education institution.)

Please read our Entry Guidelines first, and then click ‘SUBMIT’ at the BOTTOM of the page.

A distinguished panel of experts will meet and interview those shortlisted to choose our winners.

This year’s winners will be announced at our awards ceremony at the Serena Hotel on Saturday 29th May 2021.

Champagne Reception: 6.45pm

Gala Dinner: 7.30pm

Awards presentations: 9.45pm

Disco: 11pm

Carriages: midnight

You  are only allowed to enter a singular categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.

You  are only allowed to enter a singular categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.

Yes, if the entries are distinctive and unrelated you may submit more than one. Otherwise, it is advisable to combine the best elements in a stronger single entry.

Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming your institution name, the nominee, and the category you have entered. This email will also contain a nomination ID number that will be used in future HEA-EA Awards 2019 correspondence relating to your entry.

(If you do not receive your confirmation email, please contact

The morning of Saturday 1st March 2021.

Shortlists will be published on our website as well as social media handles on Monday 22 April 2021

As much as we’d like to offer feedback on individual submissions, unfortunately because of the high number of entries this is just not feasible.

The HEA- East Africa Awards dinner will be attended by only invited guests.

You can book individual places or tables by emailing

If you have queries relating to the categories, criteria, eligibility for entry, or anything relating to the content of your submission, please contact


For any queries relating to the awards evening (request for invitations, attendance. etc.) and any other general questions, please contact