“Africa must improve its capacity to make use of Science and Technology to enhance food production and its own competitiveness in the global marketplace.” said His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi during the official opening ceremony of the Ministerial Consultative Meeting on Strengthening Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa at the State House in Lilongwe, Malawi yesterday.
In his remarks, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika highlighted the need for availability of a ‘cadre’ of highly trained science professionals. “It is the role of universities to train the future workforce for the continent, to undertake research and to ensure that generated knowledge makes an impact on African societies.” he said.
The opening ceremony was attended by Ministers, Vice Chancellors, Permanent Secretaries and senior leaders and government officials from over 15 countries from across Africa who were part of the two day meeting to deliberate on required actions to improve the higher education sector.
In her remarks, the RUFORUM Board Chair and Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) commended His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika for accepting to Champion the cause of Higher Education in Africa. “We as a Network of 55 Universities are behind you, Africa is behind you” she affirmed.
The meeting saw the signing of a communique by the ministers from 10 African countries which will be presented to an Africa-wide meeting of Ministers of Education, Science and Technology to be held 28-30 October 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Click here to download the full press release.