Press Release: Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education calls for increased collaboration between African universities for development relevance in Africa
Nairobi, Kenya June 05, 2018. Her Excellency Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education met with a delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to discuss Kenya’s role in strengthening the higher education, science, technology and innovation sector in Africa. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Education Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Cabinet Secretary noted, among other things, the need to strengthen the linkages between higher education institutions and technical vocational and training institutions (TVETs) to ensure that graduates have the relevant skills to support development processes in Africa. She applauded RUFORUM for strengthening collaboration between African universities on the continent and confirmed the support of the Ministry of Education to RUFORUM and its activities.
“I am very happy that this Sixth Africa Higher Education Week is going to be hosted by Kenya. You have our full support as a Ministry”– Amb. Amina Mohamed
The meeting also discussed the upcoming Sixth African Higher Education week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference which will provide a platform for dialogue on the need for universities to support the generation of knowledge and training of graduates to improve profit driven agriculture in Africa for economic growth and achievement of Agenda 2063. Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the RUFORUM Board Chair and Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology noted that product value chains need to be further developed to benefit from the recently approved continental African free-trade area. The October 2018 Sixth African Higher Education Week Conference will provide interesting approaches to achieving this. Prof. Mbithi, The Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, which is leading the conference organisation together with the other 11 RUFORUM member universities in Kenya and the Government of Kenya informed HE Amina Mohamed and the Ministry that key papers will be presented on how Kenya can advance the implementation of the Big Four Presidential Plan particularly in the areas of agriculture and manufacturing.
The Conference will be held from 22-26 October 2018 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi Kenya.
The RUFORUM delegation was led by Prof. Mabel Imbuga, RUFORUM Board Chair and Prof. Peter Mbithi the Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi and three RUFORUM staff. The meeting was also attended by the Principal Secretary for State Department for University Education and Research and other staff from the Ministry.
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