08:30               Registration and coffee

09:30               OPENING SESSION

The conference will be opened by a keynote speech from an African scholar, followed by a panel of high-level representatives of the African Union Commission, the European Union Commission and Dr. Dorothea Rüland, Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service.  

Moderator: Nancy Kacungira, Journalist at BBC

10:30               Coffee break

11:00               THEMATIC SESSION I (parallel sessions)

Higher Education Institutions as job generators – matching skills with labour market requirements

African students are more and more numerous (6.4 million students in 2006 compared to 11.5 million in 2016) and mobile (1 mobile student out of 10 worldwide in 2015). The question of their professional integration is thus a key issue. The session aims to address this question through feedback from various stakeholders and will focus on the following issues: how HEIs in Europe and Africa can support entrepreneurship for young graduates and alumni; means of fostering links between HEIs and the private sector in Africa; the results of certain initiatives implemented so far including EU-funded programmes.

  • Mady Koanda, General Manager, 2iE, Burkina Faso
  • Jean-Luc Ramamonjiarisoa, Chief Executive Officer, Malagasy Fund for Professional Training, Madagascar
  • Bertrand Commelin, Director of European and International Development, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Cnam), France
  • Siny Samba, Co-founder of the company “Le Lionceau”, Dakar, Senegal
  • Jean Michel Nicolle, President of the “Africa” Commission of the Campus France Forum, and Director of the Graduate School of Engineering (EPF), France
  • Sandra Kramer, Director of EU-AU relations, West and East Africa, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Chair: Prof. Noureddine Manamanni, Director of External and Institutional Relations Department, Campus France

Rapporteur: tbc

Supporting refugees’ and IDP’s access to higher education

It is estimated that less than 1% of refugees have access to tertiary education, compared to 36% of their peers elsewhere. Tertiary education, however, gives young refugees the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that will allow them to contribute to society and that are essential for post-conflict recovery and rebuilding. The current session will explore how to facilitate access of refugees and IDPs to higher education in African countries. Besides identifying challenges to be tackled, it will present innovative models implemented at education institutions in Africa and provide recommendations how to address the situation.

  • Representative of African Union Commission
  • Representative of UNHCR
  • Fouzia Warsame, Dean of Faculty of Education & Social Sciences, Somali National University (SNU), Somalia
  • Susan Alupo, Programme Manager of the Access to Justice, Refugee Law Project, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Barbara Moser-Mercer, founding Director of InZone, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Video/skype with a refugee student alumnus/ alumna

Chair: Christian Hülshörster, Head of division scholarship programmes Southern Hemisphere, DAAD

Rapporteur: tbc

Capacity building and curriculum development through international partnerships and innovations

Responding to increased demand for quality higher education is an issue that governments and institutions seek to address. Developing a curriculum that delivers an integrated, coherent and relevant learning experience is at the heart of any Higher Education offer and will ultimately improve graduate outcomes. This session will investigate models of curriculum development, seek to understand current issues facing universities in Africa and how they keep pace with changing requirements. We will hear from curriculum development practitioners working with industry and associated communities and will further explore developments in international partnerships that support national provision and capacity development.

  • James Jowi, Executive Director, African Network for Internationalization of Education, Kenya
  • Prof. Sibusiso Moyo, DVC of Research and Innovation, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
  • Apiyo Okwiri, Co-lead on the establishment of the African Student and Alumni Forum, Kenya,  and former President of the Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association

Chair: Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council

Rapporteur: tbc

12:30               Keynote: Béatrice Khaiat, Director General, Campus France
"More synergies, more coherence, more 'bridge-building'. Introduction to the poster session"

12:45               Networking lunch / poster session

14:30               THEMATIC SESSION II (parallel sessions)

Quality assurance and relevance of study programme

The Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF) is the African Union’s overriding framework to build an integrated continent through a harmonised education system where intra-African mobility and skills portability are essential. A number of the tools and actions lines of PAQAF are currently being developed, tested and implemented by African stakeholder organisations with the support of the European Union through initiatives such as HAQAA (Harmonisation of African Higher Education, Quality Assurance and Accreditation) and TUNING Africa. Improving the quality and relevance of higher education as well as enabling young people to develop strong skills and facilitate mobility within the African continent and with the EU is an essential part of the EU’s partnership with Africa. There is a clear convergence of policy priorities and this area is particularly conducive to sharing practices.

  • Dr. Jeffy Mukora, Director, National Council for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Mozambique
  • Prof. Ehile Etienne, Secretary General, Association of African Universities, Ghana
  • Deirdre Lennan, International Cooperation Officer, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission
  • Dr. Matete Madiba, Tuning-Coordinator, Coordinator of the AU’s CESA sub-cluster on students, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Dr. Andree Sursock, Senior Expert, EUA

Chair: Stefan Bienefeld, Head of development co-operation and transregional programmes, DAAD

Rapporteur: Elizabeth Colucci, HAQAA Coordinator, University of Barcelona, Spain

Building skills and capacity in the next generation of university staff

Developing the academy within universities is one of the central debates facing higher education in Africa. It is essential to have high quality teachers, trained to PhD level, who can conduct research and produce high quality publications and develop their skills in teaching and learning. There is a clear link between well-functioning higher education establishments and recruitment, training and retention of high-quality academic staff. In the light of decreasing financing in public universities how can African universities address poor retention rates of high-quality staff? Mobility programmes supported through scholarships are a partial solution, but we need to think about a sustainable, in situ model, to see long term gains for the sector.

  • Dr. Beatrice Muganda, Director of Higher Education, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Kenya
  • Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, Deputy Executive Secretary (Academics), National Universities Commission, Nigeria
  • Prof. Jackson Too, Senior Assistant Commission Secretary, Commission for University Education, Kenya
  • Dr. Damtew Teferra, Professor of Higher Education, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Chair: Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General, African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), Accra, Ghana

Rapporteur: tbc

The role of higher and vocational education and training in developing knowledge and skills - the case of agri-food transformation

Agriculture remains a critical component of livelihoods in Africa and agri-food is a prime example of a sector where learnability and employability meet. This session will focus on how higher education interventions can impact and engage young people in the agri-food sector; it will look at best practices of institutional collaborations between Europe and Africa and identify examples that go beyond the level of higher education and seek to impact the quality and demand for vocational education.

  • Prof. Daniel Sila, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya
  • Hedwig Bruggeman, Manager, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands
  • Hashi Abdullahi, Senior Policy Coordinator, Inclusive Green Growth department, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • Prof. dr.ir. Enoch G. Achigan Dako, Programme Coordinator ‘’Enhancing training and research mobility for novel crops breeding in Africa’’ (MoBreed), Netherlands
  • Valérie Baduel, Deputy Director General for Higher Education and Research, French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, France

Chair: Mervin Bakker, Director, Netherlands Education Support Office in South Africa, Nuffic

Rapporteur: tbc

16:00               Coffee break

16:30               CLOSING SESSION

The closing session will summarize the recommendations from the thematic sessions and address these to a policy panel of high-level representatives from the African Union Commission, the European Union Commission as well as ministerial representatives of the European Union and African Union member states.  

Moderation & introduction: Freddy Weima, Director-General, Nuffic

18.00               Networking reception

Keynote: Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council


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