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 investigated models of curriculum development, sought to understand current issues facing universities in Africa and how they keep pace with changing requirements. We heard from curriculum development practitioners working with industry and associated communities and further explored developments in international partnerships that support national provision and capacity development.

Policy recommendations produced by the workshop:


You can find the recommendations in detail here:

Recommendations of Workshop C [PDF 189.96 KB]

Speakers at the workshop:

James Otieno Jowi is the Principal Education Officer at the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat (composed of Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania) where he coordinates the development and implementation of regional education programs (Link). He is the founding Executive Director of the African Network for Internationalization of Education ANIE (Link), a pan-African organization focused on internationalization of higher education in Africa. He is currently a member of the ANIE Board and chairs the research committee. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, Netherlands; a Masters in Comparative & International Education, University of Oslo, Norway; a Master of Linguistics & Bachelor of Education from Moi University, Kenya. Before joining the EAC, he was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, Moi University, Kenya where he taught Comparative and International Education. His research and publications focus on internationalization, governance and leadership in higher education with a focus on Africa. He sits in several international boards including the African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE), the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR), Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART), Association of Studies in International Education (ASIE), the technical committee of AUs Committee of Ten Heads of States on Science & Technology and the IAU Expert Committee on Internationalization. He has published extensively on internationalization in Africa and undertaken several studies and consultancies on higher education in Africa.

“Internationalization & Capacity Building in HE: Africa-Europe Collaborations” – African Network for Internationalization of Education [PDF 291.98 KB]

Professor Sibusiso Moyo holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Natal, Durban. She has served in various capacities and levels at the Durban University of Technology as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics and then Director for Research and Postgraduate Support. Currently she is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement at the Durban University of Technology and is responsible for research and innovation policy development, implementation and evaluation. She has published extensively in both international journals and presented at both international and national conferences in her field and is involved in the supervision of Masters and Doctoral students and mentors a number of postgraduate students and emerging researchers as part of her portfolio. She is also responsible for developing staff programmes for staff to complete their PhDs and delivering short courses on Research Methodology, Research Design, Data handling techniques and Modeling techniques. She held an NRF Y-Rating from 2005 to 2009. Her current research projects involve applications using group theoretic techniques in problems arising from nonlinear phenomena with applications in Mathematical Biology and Financial Mathematics. In addition, her current areas of interest also extend to strategic research that aims to inform research and innovation policies within the higher education sector and tertiary education management. She also is involved in a number of initiatives that promote mathematics amongst the youth and mentoring young women to become leaders in their chosen fields of interest.

“Innovation and Research Policies and Partnership Connections” – Durban University of Technology, South Africa [PDF 476.46 KB]

Apiyo Okwiri is the former President of Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA)- worldwide and former President of the African Chapter. She’s a Kenyan national and an alumna Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development (CoDe) from the University of Trento in Italy, Corvinus University in Hungary, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and Regensburg University in Germany. She is carrying out her doctoral research at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and holds a B.Sc in Mathematics & Chemistry from Egerton University, Kenya.
She has experience as a lead consultant on youth entrepreneurship and gender programs and Research and Education Networks in Eastern and Southern Africa of Ubuntunet Alliance. She has been involved in several collaborative projects with other organizations focused on Higher Education, namely the Association of African Universities (AAU), the African Union (AU), and the European Universities Association (EUA) under the Africa-EU partnership as a Tuning Expert in Tuning Africa I and Institutional Evaluation Expert in Europe-Africa Quality Connect: Building Institutional Capacity through Partnership. She is currently co-leading the establishment of the African Student and Alumni Forum.

“Partnership in Practice” – The African Student & Alumni Forum [PDF 187.83 KB]

© Maddalaine Ansell

Maddalaine Ansell is the Director for Education of the British Council since November 2018. Before joining the British Council Ms Ansell acted as Chief Executive of the University Alliance for four years after leading the International Knowledge and Innovation Unit of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where she led the development of the International Education Strategy and set up the £375 million Newton Fund. She worked on the industrial strategy under Lord Mandelson and the Higher Education White Paper for Lord Willetts, then Minister for Science and Universities. She also worked as Deputy Director for Skills Strategy & Communications for the British Member of Parliament John Denham. Maddalaine Ansell completed an undergraduate degree in Classics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, trained and practiced as a lawyer in large international legal practices and after six years joined the civil service fast stream.


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