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High-Level Forum: Higher Education for Science, Technology and Innovation: Accelerating Africa's Aspirations

March 13, 2014

Kigali, Rwanda

Details

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.

Speakers

  • 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)

Briefs on higher education

0830 - Session 1. Inaugural Session

  • Welcome Address by Hon. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Education, Republic of Rwanda
  • Keynote Address by Makhtar Diop, Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank

0900 - Session 2. Regional and Global Perspectives

  • Remarks by H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Commissioner – Human Resources, Science and Technology, Africa Union
  • Address by Professor Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)


 0930 - Break

1000 - Session 3. High Level Ministerial Panel, Chaired by Edward Lempinen, Public Information Officer, The World Academy of Sciences

  • Hon. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Education, Republic of Rwanda
  • Hon. Ato Wondwossen Kiflu, State Minister for TVET, Ministry of Education, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Hon. Prof. Dr. Louis Pelembe, Minister of Science and Technology, Mozambique
  • Hon. Prof. Mary Teuw Niane, Minister of Higher Education and Research, Republic of Senegal
  • Hon. Jessica Alupo, Minister of Education and Sports, Republic of Uganda

Question and Answer


1200 - Lunch for all participants        

Ministers are invited to join a closed door lunch with Makhtar Diop, Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank and Hon. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Education, Republic of Rwanda

 

1330 - Session 4. Stakeholder Panel “The Business vs. Scientist Perspective on Africa’s Science and Technology: Clash or Convergence?”, Chaired by Ian Solomon, Vice President of Global Engagement, University of Chicago  

  • Professor Fernando Quevedo, Director, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), UNESCO Assistant Director-General
  • Dr. Alvaro Sobrinho, Chairman and Founding Member, Planet Earth Institute (PEI)
  • Dr. Wole Soboyejo, President and Provost, African University of Science and Technology (AUST)
  • Gaspard Twagirayezu, Entrepreneur, Creativity and Innovation Officer, Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs of Rwanda (ELE)

Question and Answer

 

1445 - Break

 

1515 - Session 5. High Level Expert Session “What Can we Learn from Others?”  

Chaired by Professor Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

  • Professor Pradipta Banerji, Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Roorkie
  • Lidia Brito, Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO
  • Professor Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Co-Chair Global Network of Science Academies (IAP), Chairman of the Council of United Nations University
  • Dr. Lubiao Zhang, Director General, International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)

Question and Answer

 

1700 - Closing Ceremony

  • Arrival of H.E Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
  • Reading of the text by Hon. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Education, Republic of Rwanda
  • Remarks by H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Commissioner – Human Resources, Science and Technology, Africa Union
  • Address by Makhtar Diop, Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank
  • Presidential Address by H.E Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda