In collaboration with the World Bank, H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, will host an upcoming forum on the theme Higher Education for Science, Technology and Innovation: Accelerating Africa's Aspirations. This high-level event, which will take place in Kigali on March 13, 2014, brings together ministers of education and higher education, and experts from academia and the private sector. It will highlight the critical role that science, technology, and innovation can play in shaping Africa’s future in the 21st century, and draw attention to priorities and solutions as countries seek to upgrade their higher education systems.
High-quality university programs in Africa, particularly in areas such as the applied sciences, technology, and engineering, could dramatically increase the region’s competitiveness, productivity and growth, as well as enable economies to diversify away from today’s heavy reliance on natural resources extraction. Strategic reforms are needed to expand young people’s access to science-based education at both the country and the regional level, and to ensure that they graduate with cutting-edge knowledge that is relevant and meets the needs of the private sector.
- H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
- Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa
Keynote speakers and panel members will be announced closer to the date. Speeches and panel discussions on March 13th will be shared live online at http://www.livestream.com/worldbankafrica (Time: 8.30 to 6:00 GMT +2)