Top scholars in Kigali for education summit

The Association of African Universities (AAU), in collaboration with the Rwanda Ministry of Education, and the University of Rwanda (UR), is organizing a Conference, on the theme: ‘Internationalization of Higher Education in Africa’.

The Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities, is an Assembly of the Chief Executive Officers of member-institutions, or their representatives.

It meets every two years with the purpose of collectively examining themes identified as common concerns and priorities for the development of higher education in member-institutions.

The four-day meeting is set to convene distinguished scholars and practitioners to discuss topical issues on promoting the quality of higher education in Africa, such as promoting mobility and credit transfer across Africa; improving the relevance of higher education in a globalized world; and promoting new modes of teaching and learning (including e-Learning and Distance Learning) to enhance learning outcomes, skills and competences, and graduate employability.

The over 250 delegates from 44 countries comprise executive heads of AAU member-institutions, African scholars, representative of student bodies, as well as representatives of sub-regional, regional and international organizations, as well as the donor and development agencies that partner with the AAU in carrying out its mandate of improving the quality of higher education in Africa.

The COREViP will provide an excellent opportunity for leaders of African higher education institutions, particularly the current member-institutions of the AAU, including universities and polytechnics, to exchange experiences, and draw on the lessons from the themes, as well as serve as an opportunity to hear from both regional and international organizations involved in higher education initiatives.

Professor Silas Lwakabamba, the Minister of Education who opened the meeting said the higher education sector on the continent needed to produce, seek and adapt knowledge to overcome the African development challenges, because it was through a strong higher education sector that would enable Africa to be part of the global economy.

‘Our continent needs to re-design and streamline our higher education approaches, to respond to the high socio-economic development expectations of our people’

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