I am pleased to warmly welcome you to the Sixth African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference is co-hosted by RUFORUM; Commission for University Education; RUFORUM Universities in Kenya (University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Egerton University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Moi University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, University of Eldoret); Nation Media Group; Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; research organizations; development partners and the private sector.
The main venue will be Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) from 22nd to 26th October 2018.
Higher education forms one of the strongest pillars upon which sustainable development is anchored. In that regard, the conference has been organized to provide a platform from which to focus on the unique role of universities and discuss achievements made by universities towards positioning higher education as a catalyst for sustainable development. In view of the need to foster continuous improvement and benchmarking, the theme of the Sixth African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference is “Aligning African Universities to accelerate attainment of Transformation Agenda – 2063. The theme has been unpacked into a rich mix of subthemes to harness the inputs and contributions of diverse stakeholders in the Agriculture Sector. The scope of subthemes includes: bridging the gap between academia and agricultural practitioners; fostering innovation capacity; engaging the youth in innovations and entrepreneurship; promoting Pan-Africanism in capacity development; positioning universities as hubs of entrepreneurship; realigning curricula to the current and future realities; post-harvest management and women in entrepreneurship.
The conference has been organized with due regard to the diverse interests of the anticipated participants including Universities, development partners, research institutions, global, continental and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the entire agricultural community. The conference is structured to include keynote speeches from renowned scholars and practitioners; interactive plenary sessions; panel discussions; poster sessions; break-out sessions focusing on specific sub-themes; special symposia; workshops; business to business meetings and other side events for special interest groups. A rich profile of exhibitions is envisioned to showcase innovations in Agriculture and serve as a bridge between theory/science and practice. Social events have been factored into the program to facilitate formal and informal interactions among the participants for experience sharing, networking, initiating/strengthening partnerships. In addition, there will be a rich menu of educational/academic and recreational excursions from which participants will be expected to choose depending on their interests.
I can gaurantee that you will have a wonderful opportunity to learn, share experiences, network and ultimately enjoy one week of interaction/conferencing with seasoned and youthful scientists, educationists, entrepreneurs and mentors.