Higher Education stakeholders to discuss Transformative Higher Education Leadership for Enhanced Linkage between Academia, Public and Private Sectors.
Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), Kampala, Uganda, 19th May 2018: Higher Education stakeholders will meet to discuss the transformative higher education leadership for enhanced linkage between academia, public and private sector during the 9thIUCEA Annual Meeting that will take place on 21st– 22ndJune 2018 in Bujumbura, Burundi at Hotel Panoramique.
Under the theme “Transformative Higher Education Leadership for Enhanced Linkage Between Academia, Public and Private Sectors”, Vice-Chancellors and Principals of member universities; representatives from Ministries responsible for higher education; and private sector from each Partner State will have an opportunity to discuss all aspects of industrialization. The discussions will look into the potential role of Higher Education institutions in the process through the partnership with the public and private sectors, both in terms of sharing of experience, knowledge and technology, enabling environment and adequacy of enabling environment for effective functioning of the partnerships. Other participants are the EAC Secretary General, the heads of commissions/councils for higher/university education, heads of national commissions/councils for science and technology, heads of EAC institutions and other higher education stakeholders.
The Annual Meeting will consist of two main parts: The Dialogue Session that will focus on the Theme of the Annual Meeting by discussing through keynote presentations on:
i) University leadership with notions on public sector and industry relations being shared,
ii) Status of research in the EAC and role and prospects of the Higher Education sector contribution to enhancement of production and
iii) Set-ups for Academia-Industry linkages, perspectives of both the academia and industry.
The second part will give an opportunity to higher education stakeholders and member universities to be briefed about the activities coordinated by IUCEA during 2017/2018, achievements made and challenges encountered.
Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), as a strategic institution of the East African Community (EAC) responsible for coordinating development of higher education and research in the region, has played a key role in coordinating various processes which include, among others: the Regional Quality Assurance System with its operational tools such the The Road Map to Quality: A Handbook for Quality Assurance in Higher Education in five volumes; Principles and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Educationand benchmarks for academic programmes. Other documents include the East African Qualifications Framework for Higher Education(EAQFHE), which is both a human resources development tool and a platform for rationalization and mutual recognition of qualifications under the EAC Common Higher Education Area.
IUCEA is steering a number of initiatives on the development of centres of excellence in various fields and levels, which will serve as hubs for the development of highly skilled human resources for the region. Mobility and networking of both academic staff and students, an important avenue for brain circulation as well as research and innovation information sharing facility are currently on top of IUCEA’s agenda to respond to various needs of our region. These developments reveal a unique and pivotal role the higher education plays in promoting enhanced socio-economic conditions for an integrated East African Community.
The Annual Meeting is a platform for heads of higher education institutions to share among themselves and with Higher Education stakeholders, developments in higher education in the region and worldwide, in order to maintain and enhance the outputs and outcomes of their functions, reflective of competitiveness of the higher education sector in the East African Community. The 9thAnnual Meeting has been organized in line with the provision in Section 7(1) of the IUCEA Act 2009, stating that “The Council shall meet at least once every year provided that one of such meetings shall be an Annual Meeting of the Council”.