The Sixth African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference, 22-26 October, 2018

Biennial Conference Comminique

The Sixth African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference was successfully concluded on 26th October 2018 at the Kenya International Convention Center in Nairobi with closing remarks from H.E. the Deputy President of Kenya, Dr. William Samoei Arap Ruto.  The Conference attracted 1107 participants including 20 ministers responsible for education, science and technology from African countries, 30 senior government officials and experts, 105 Vice Chancellors, 110 Principals and Deans, 530 students, and representatives of farmer organizations/ cooperatives, the private sector/ industry and civil society from over 50 countries. Twenty (20) preconference and side events were held, Six (6) meetings of the RUFORUM statutory organs, 67 exhibitions, 414 Posters, twelve (12) Plenary Sessions and eighteen (18) Technical Parallel Sessions were held. The Conference recommended enhanced sharing of knowledge, lessons and experiences with international and regional partners; strengthening agribusiness innovation in Africa for employment creation for young people through self-employment and the creation of new employment opportunities; making use of academic mobility to accelerate the training of a critical mass of well qualified faculty in Africa; partnership to strengthen university participation in Intellectual Property management; and strengthening use of ICTs to improve the decentralization of teaching and learning in Africa.

For more details of the outcomes of the Conference, download the summary presentation of the Conference here, Conference Communique in French and English  and the Ministerial Communique in  French and English

RUFORUM Biennial

The Biennial Conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in both agriculture and higher education sectors. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning.

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Keynote Speakers

H.E.Uhuru Kenyatta

President of Kenya       .        .

Hon.Janet K. Museveni

Min of Education,Uganda    .

Hon Bright Msaka

Min of Education, Malawi   

Amb. Amina Mohamed

Min of Education, Kenya       .

Hon.Naledi Pandor

Min of Scie. & Tech, S.A            .

Prof. Mabel Imbuga

RUFORUM, Board Chair    .

Prof. Peter Mbithi

VC at University of Nairobi

The Sixth African Higher Education Week

The 2018 Biennial conference is unique with a focus on university-agriculture community transformation. It will provide an opportunity for participants to showcase their innovations as part of enhancing the university-farmer community partnership and engagement for meaningful innovation.  The proposed overall theme of the 2018 Conference is “Aligning African Universities to accelerate attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063The Conference will therefore provide opportunity for participants to showcase the frontiers of their innovation and entrepreneurship for  universities to demonstrate their repositioning to responding to national and regional development needs including those of farmers and other allied sectors. It further brings the private sector to explore how it can contribute to social entrepreneurship and actively participate in accelerating university and farming communities’ transformation to sustaining the enterprise development in Africa. The Conference will engage development partners and governments to articulate innovative funding mechanisms that propel university transformation for impact. Further, the youth and young researchers will be exposed to senior professionals, researchers and mentors that will further accelerate innovative research careers, strengthen innovation for community impact, and strengthen research communication, publication and networking. Through the Young African Entrepreneurs Series, the youth and young researchers will have the opportunity to be exposed to the practical entrepreneurship skills capacity enhancement and mentorship.  

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The 7th African Higher Education Week
22nd - 26th November, 2021
Benin,  Porto-Novo

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