Rwanda will host this year’s academia- public – private partnership forum and exhibitions.
The forum and exhibition 2014 constitute activities aimed at promoting academia- public-private engagement under the auspices of the partnership between IUCEA and East African Business Council
Prof.Mayunga H HNkunya, executive secretary of the Inter-University Council for east Africa, IUCEA says that the forum will create a synergy between the 3 institutions as one way of bolstering the participation of the same institutions in the development of the community.
“The forum aims at providing a point of connection between knowledge, human resources and innovation produced by the academia in the region on the one hand and the dissemination of the knowledge, human resources and innovation by the private sector on the other,” he said
The forum and exhibitions which is rational and the second since its start last year will run on the theme ‘harnessing east Africa’s innovation potential’ will be held in Kigali at Serena Hotel on 23rd -24 th October 2014 with more than 250 delegates expected to attend the forum.
“The Forum will come up with strategies that will facilitate the development of a comprehensive regional research and innovation capacity building programme which is now underway as part of the implementation of the resolutions made during 2013 forum,” he added
The inter-University Council of East Africa, IUCEA is a strategic institution of the East Africa Community responsible for promoting and consolidating human resources development.
Moreover, the forum will also look at ways the academia can produce graduates that are qualified to provide the expertise the private sector, fast growing but fragile region’s private sector.
“ The private sector will be strengthened if our graduates from our educations system are able to contribute to its development,” the professor noted
Accordingly, the forum will also discuss the study on the higher education landscape versus qualification gaps in the graduates coming from higher education system in the region and on the research and innovation capacity building initiatives in the community
The researches conducted by the inter-University council of East Africa indicate that the graduates produced by the Universities are not qualified for the job market thus rendering them unemployed.
“ We have found out that there are job in the market but the challenge is that the skills our graduates acquire at the university are not relevant to the demand of the market,”Nkunya noted
Again, there would be routable discussion that will look at the importance of a regional innovation system foe the EAC, how a regional research and innovation capacity u building program based on academia-public- [private partnership could support in strengthening EAC innovation potential
Otherswillbe engaging academia with the public – private sectors in promoting research and innovation leading to industrial and social economic development, what can be done to revitalization of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in east Africa.