SIDE EVENTS / PRE/POST CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
                                                             AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION WEEK AND RUFORUM SIXTH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
                                                                                            22-26 OCTOBER, 2018

                                                                                                Call for Side Event workshops

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) invites interested institutions/organisations and individuals to convene side events relevant to higher education in Africa at the sixth RUFORUM Biennial Conference. The side events should be relevant to the overall theme of the Conference ‘Aligning African Universities to Accelerate Attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063’ and address specifically at least one of the sub- themes of the sixth RUFORUM Biennial Conference, and its outcomes should provide contribution towards the overall Conference objectives.  The RUFORUM Biennial Conference sub themes are:

  1. Strengthening the transformative potential and role of the universities
  2. Universities and smallholder farmers driving agricultural production
  3. Driving business-led innovations through partnerships with academia and communities
  4. Innovations and entrepreneurship among Young African Youths: Models, dilemmas and frontiers
  5. Agricultural risks in the production and commodity value chains
  6. Strengthening innovations for inclusive and attractive agriculture
  7. Engaging universities in entrepreneurship and enterprise development
  8. Women in business: closing the gender gaps through Financial Inclusion
  9. Beyond the Horizons: Engaging the Philanthropists, Development Partners and decision makers in redesigning impact oriented universities
  10. Making more money from less: Crop-livestock integration and intensification systems and models
  11. Bringing Africa together through human capacity development and Higher education mobility

How to Indicate Interest to Hold a Side Event

Interested organisations/institutions/individual should provide a brief (1-3page) concept note providing a brief with highlights of the proposed side event. The Concept Note should include the following sections: Title of the event; brief background including rationale and objectives; approach; expected outcomes; draft programme, and list of expected participants (including number that will be funded by the side event organisers). The Program Committee requires that for an event to qualify as a side event, it should be able to support at least 10 participants to the meeting.

Please submit the concept note by email to Dr Runyararo Rukarwa –  with copy to by 30th July 2018.  All submissions will be responded to.

Side Event Funding Arrangements
The side event conveners/ organisers will pay all costs related to the holding of the side event including participants, venue/meeting facilities, and projector hire, teas/water and registration fees.

About the Sixth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week
RUFORUM together with its member Universities in Kenya is organizing a sixth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya 22-26 October, 2018. The Overall Conference theme is Aligning African Universities to Accelerate Attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063. The conference is expected to bring together about 1000 participants from across Africa and the world to discuss how to accelerate universities and farming communities to better sustain the budding enterprise development in Africa. The Conference will bring key actors together including; universities (including leadership, staff and students), CSOs, development partners, Governments and Foundation bodies, African Union Commission, and the business and farming community. This Sixth Africa Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference will be co-organised by RUFORUM and its member universities in Kenya: University of Nairobi, Egerton University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenyatta University, University of Eldoret, Moi University, and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, plus other Kenyan institutions, including Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation and the Commission for Higher Education.

A side event is a meeting, exhibition or other event that is organized as a parallel event at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference within agreed time period/ slots. The available time periods are either during the Conference at specific time periods, or pre and/or post conference.




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The 6th African Higher Education Week
22nd - 26th October, 2018
University of Nairobi
KICC, Nairobi Kenya


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