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5th PASET Forum: Destination Digital Africa: Preparing our Youth for the Future

May 20-22, 2019

Kigali, Rwanda


  • The 5th PASET Forum is designed to solidify PASET as a true partnership, encourage governments to join PASET and create a platform to discuss approaches, strategies and potential models to adapt education and training ecosystems to respond to the opportunities, challenges and risks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digital economy. It will bring together more than 300 participants from African governments, countries such as China, India Korea, Singapore and the US, industry leaders, development partners and academics to engage on ways to meaningfully integrate digital skills and new technologies at the higher education and TVET level and measure progress. The Forum may result in the incubation of a new PASET initiative that responds to the needs identified by stakeholders. 

    The PASET Forum is one of the PASET’s key knowledge sharing events that convenes diverse stakeholders for a rich exchange of strategies and experiences to build high quality technical and scientific capacity in the sub-Saharan African (SSA) region. Since its inception in 2013, PASET has organized four Forums around Africa that have seen the participation of Heads of State, Ministers of Education and high-level officials from over 20 African governments, representatives from Brazil, China, India, Korea and other partner countries, private sector, and academia and development partners. The PASET Forums have provided an ideal space to incubate new regional PASET initiatives, expand existing programs and initiate new partnerships between SSA governments and partner countries and donors. Operationalizing such initiatives and mobilizing country and other financing for them is a unique feature of PASET, which has shown concrete results in a short space of time.

    With high level ministerial representation from over 20 African countries, the 5th PASET Forum will enable participating countries to chart a path for the medium term, focusing on the priority issues that they need to address in order to prepare their higher education and TVET systems for the upcoming changes.  University and TVET leaders will also be able to reflect on the emerging skills needs, especially digital skills, the opportunities for using digital technology to change the delivery of their programs and how they can help to drive Africa’s transformation using science and technology.


    The objectives of the 5th PASET Forum include the following:

    • Explain the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the opportunities and risks for Africa
    • Share global models and approaches to adapt higher education and TVET ecosystems to disruptive changes brought about by the 4IR and digital economy
    • Provide update on PASET’s growth and progress and strengthen PASET as partnership
    • Mobilize financing and technical assistance for PASET’s initiatives among SSA governments, partner countries and organizations, private sector, development partners and donors
    • Deliberate on new PASET initiatives related to developing digital skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and help countries formulate action plans

    About PASET

    The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) was launched in 2013 by the Governments of Senegal, Ethiopia and Rwanda with facilitation by the World Bank. It aims to address systemic gaps in skills and knowledge in Sub-Saharan Africa’s priority ASET fields, and to build the capacity of African education and training institutions to train high quality technicians, engineers and scientists to meet the demands of the economy. Learn More


    Last Updated: May 22, 2019

  • May 20, 2019 | 09:00–17:45


    Opening Ceremony

    High-level panel on strengthening PASET as a partnership to boost digital skills initiative and highlight key contributors


    Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and Digital Economy

    Panel discussion to understand and discuss the global trend of 4IR and the digital economy, what is happening around the world and in Africa and the opportunities and risks in Africa.


    PASET Progress
    Presentation of PASET’s growth and progress.


    How Far Advanced are Countries in Preparing Their Workforce
    Panel discussion to provide international and African examples on how countries can prepare for the 4IR and digital economy. Experience-sharing by government of Rwanda.


    Welcome Dinner


  • May 21, 2019 | 09:00–17:45


    PASET Initiatives
    Presentation and Q&A on PASET initiatives on higher education and TVET – Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), Regional Benchmarking of SSA Universities, and Regional TVET Initiative.


    Parallel Sessions

    Discussions on the implications of 4IR and digital economy for developing advanced digital skills at the intermediate level.

    Parallel Session 1 – Advanced Digital Skills

    Parallel Session 2 – Digital Skills at Intermediate Level


    Parallel Sessions

    Knowledge sharing and discussion on disruptive models of delivering higher education using digital technologies and new approaches

    Parallel Session 1 – Innovation in Delivering Higher Education

    Parallel Session 2 – Innovation in Delivering Skills


    Networking Dinner


  • May 22, 2019 | 09:00-14:00


    Summing Up Parallel Sessions

    Summary of outcomes of parallel sessions and deliberation on new initiatives. Presentation by countries on country workshop outcomes.


    Call to Action and Conclusions

    Agreements on countries’ commitments and next steps.




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  • 5th PASET Forum in the Press:

    Experts meet in Kigali on how African youth can leverage digital age (The NewTimes)

    Several experts and educators from across the continent will in the next three days gather in Kigali to discuss how to equip the African youth with the necessary digital skills to compete on the global landscape. The meeting started today under the banner of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) and has brought together officials from Rwanda, World Bank and other experts from various parts of the world.

    Secondary School Graduates Must Have Minimum Proficiency In Mathematics- Primier Ngirente (Taarifa (Rwanda)
    Africa still faces the issue of numeracy. “As Africans, our ambition should be to consider mathematics as an important tool that will help our students to develop their analytical thinking,” said Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente. The Prime Minister made the remarks on Monday while officiating the 5th Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) Forum in Kigali. 

    Les Experts affirment que les compétences numériques sont essentielles à la croissance (Agence Rwandaise D'Informarion)
    admin — May 21, 2019 add comment By RNA Reporter;

    PM Ngirente calls for Mathematics boost in African Education ( (Rwanda)
    Prime Minister Dr. Ngirente Edouard has officially kicked-off the 5th Regional Forum for the Partnership in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) with a call to consider mathematics as an important tool that will help students to develop their analytical thinking.   The three-day forum is taking place in Kigali Convention Centre, from 20th -22nd May 2019.

    scholars-meet-in-rwanda-to-push-africas-move-into-4th-industrial-revolution/ (KTPress)
    The pace for Africa to move into the 4th Industrial Revolution remains creepy especially on skills development, African scholars warned. On Monday, Rwanda hosted the 5th Regional Forum for the Partnership in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET).

Event Details

  • 5th PASET Forum : Destination Digital Africa: Preparing our Youth for the Future
  • Date: May 20-22, 2019
  • Venue: Kigali Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda