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Talks on universities’ role in attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063 dominate RUFORUM

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The Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi, Prof. Peter Mbithi gives his remarks at RUFORUM Board Meeting. With him is (left) Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the Board Chair, RUFORUM and Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary, RUFORUM.

At the 6th Africa Higher Education Week and Biennial Conference (RUFORUM), talks on the place of African universities in Africa’s Agenda 2063 have taken centre stage.

“The deliberations of this Sixth Biennial Convening will immensely contribute in shaping transformational efforts of universities, strengthen the espoused linkage between universities, policy and the private sector and catalyze appreciation of the centrality of youth and human capital development in Africa’s development and prosperity,” said Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary, RUFORUM.
 
Themed “Aligning African Universities to Accelerate Attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063,” the sessions are running from October 22 to 26, 2018 in various venues in Nairobi with the main events taking place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre and of course the University of Nairobi. In addition, a rich cocktail of sub-themes has been formulated to strengthen the platform for sharing experiences and intellectual products.
 
“We recognize the important role that education can play in providing opportunities for the rural poor and particularly for agricultural transformation,” said Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the Board Chair, RUFORUM. “In this Biennial convening, students, policy and decision makers, business leaders and development partners come together to share lessons, experience and design relevant agendas.
 
 
Speaking at the RUOFORUM board meeting on October 22, 2018, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi, Prof. Peter Mbithi, said that the conference responds to the growth and development of the continent.
 
“The role of higher education in social economic development in the era of knowledge-based economy is very critical,” said Prof. Mbithi. “Skilled human resources will be required to develop technologies and create innovations that drive development in all sectors.”
 

RUFORUM Ministerial Roundtable Meeting on Strengthening Regional Synergies

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) with the support of national, regional, continental and international partners hosted a Ministerial Round Table at the Fifth African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference at the University of Nairobi.

This year’s session was titled “Ministerial Roundtable Meeting on Strengthening Regional Synergies to Build Africa’s Higher Education System” and was chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, HE Ambassador Dr Amina Mohamed. It was attended by Ministers and country representatives from African states such as; Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Uganda, Cote D’Ivoire, South Sudan, Egypt, Congo Brazzaville, Sudan, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Rwanda, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mali and Benin.

During the meeting, members discussed and deliberated on the critical role of Higher Education, science, technology and innovation in achieving the African Union Agenda 2063. They also discussed the need to expand access to higher education in Africa, improving relevant knowledge generation Africa research output and capacity building among graduates.

The University of Nairobi Chair Of Council, Dr Julia Ojiambo, took the opportunity to welcome the attendees and was confident that the deliberations would provide a platform for improving the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa.

Sixth African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2018 is organized to provide an opportunity for African universities to demonstrate their capacity as knowledge centres that facilitate rural innovation to solve community problems. The five-day Conference has a variety of organized sessions and side events that provide an opportunity for individuals and organizations to share best practices and experiences on how to best harness demographic dividends on the continent.