8th ANIE Annual Conference 2017

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Dates: 5th-6th October 2017

Venue : HillTop Hotel,  Kigali, Rwanda

 

In collaboration with The University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies (UTB) Kigali, Rwanda

 

Theme: Higher Education in Africa: New Regional and Global Dynamics    

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Dr. Marie-Christine Gasingirwa, Director General for Science, Technology and Research in the Ministry of Education was the guest of honour and opened officially 8th ANIE Conference.

“For a long time, developing countries have had a problem, when there has been lack of resources, we have always depended on development partners, but the emphasis was in basic education until we realized that higher education is paramount,” she said calling for more research.

“We need to support research because it will lead to evidence based policies, better use of resources and good governance and good development , thus sharpen the brains, challenges so that we are building the foundation for sustainability” she said

She added that due to the shortage of resources, laziness and lack of skills there was a vice of copying researches from other countries which affects the way African issues are addressed. “We have to first assess our countries’ priorities and see if they match with the research we carry out,” she said. She said that in 2014, it was agreed to make African centers of excellence a priority in Africa. “Development needs TVET skills and innovation as long as high education is supported in such centres of excellence. Rwanda has four centres of excellence among the top 24 centres in Africa,” she said Rwanda hosts centres for energy development, business, innovative teaching in mathematics and science. “If we talk about home-grown solutions, we have to consider research and make use of these centres of excellence,” she said calling for more funding for better research that delivers better results.

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Guest of Honour,  Dr. Marie-Christine Gasingirwa, Director General for Science, Technology and Research in the Ministry of Education

The Vice Chancellor of  UTB, Dr  Callixte Kabera said the conference is an avenue for disseminating different research findings from about nine research papers. He said the network  helped  exchange skills, mobility of students and doctoral lecturers among African universities instead of only depending on America, Europe and others.  “We need to build research capacity for quality research which is not copy and paste but the one that analyses African problems and addresses them. At the conference there are various research papers such as learning about mobility of students and experts in academia, exchanging programs, exploiting centres of excellence. We are facing many challenges but challenges come with opportunity, he said.

According to Dr Charles Ong’ondo, the Executive Director of ANIE, Other challenges in African higher education include financial capacity that impedes transition of students from secondary schools to university courses.

“Only 10 per cent or less of African students transit from basic education to higher education due to problems of financing. We also need to build PhD capacity because five per cent of African lecturers have doctoral qualification and this affects the need to boost research for solving community’s problems,” he said.

Experts understand that there have been regional developments within Africa with implications for the future of higher education and its international dimensions including continental programs to support higher education based on African union’s agenda 2063, regional frameworks for research, quality assurance and more production of more PhDs.

 

The 8th ANIE conference discussed the impacts that these global and regional developments are having of Africa’s higher education. It analyzed, discussed and critiqued how African universities perceive these developments and their preparedness to respond to them and also benefit from the opportunities and remain relevant in the 21st Century.

 

The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental pan-African network and think tank committed to the advancement of high quality research, capacity building, information sharing and exchange, transnational networking and cooperation, and policy advocacy on the internationalization of higher education. Established in 2008, ANIE took the pioneering mandate to enhance the understanding and further development of the international dimension of higher education in Africa so that African universities and development stakeholders can take full advantage of the opportunities presented by internationalization and globalization.

In line with its mandate to promote the understanding and further development of internationalization of education in Africa, ANIE has been organizing annual conferences through which it achieves its goal of creating opportunities for African scholars to deliberate on issues concerning the international dimension of higher education and how they manifest themselves in African universities and contexts.

 

ABOUT THE 8th  ANIE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

In recent years, higher education in Africa has undergone several transformations including the rapid expansion of the sector mainly with regard to increase in enrolments and diversity of providers, new developments and reforms in areas such as quality, leadership and governance, research productivity, growth in new modes of learning and social engagement and responsiveness to societal demands. Recent global developments such as BREXIT and the emerging discourse of deglobalization in several parts of the world could also herald new realities for higher education in Africa. In addition to these, there have also been regional developments within Africa with implications for the future of higher education and its international dimension in Africa. These include continental programmes to support higher education in Africa especially based on the African Union’s Agenda 2063, regional frameworks for research, quality assurance and production of more PhDs. There has also been an increase in the number of regional networks for research and capacity building within and between African universities. These developments present unprecedented opportunities and challenges to African universities.

The 8th ANIE conference discussed the impacts that these global and regional developments are having of Africa’s higher education. It analyzed, discussed and critiqued how African universities perceive these developments and their preparedness to respond to them and also benefit from the opportunities and remain relevant in the 21st Century.

Sub – Themes

  • The impacts of regionalization of Africa’s higher education
    • Intra- Africa mobility programs and centres of excellence
    • Role of research networks in knowledge generation in Africa.
    • Successful models in North-South partnerships
    • Building capacities for doctoral training and research in African universities
    • Deglobalization and the future of Africa’s higher education and research
    • Online and other innovative modes of teaching and learning
    • Internationalization, language and culture

Workshops

The 8th ANIE Conference  presented  four workshops:
(i) Developing and Sustaining Institutional Strategies for Internationalization
(ii) Building institutional research capacities through partnerships
(iii) Internationalizing the campus: What are the best options for African Universities
(iv) Students mobility in Africa: Emerging trends and implications

Keynote Speakers

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Professor Juma Shabani

Prof. Juma Shabani worked for 17 years at UNESCO as : Senior Specialist for higher education in Africa ; Director of the UNESCO Harare and Bamako Cluster Offices ; UNESCO Representative to several countries and Regional Economic Communities ; and Responsible for development and coordination of UNESCO’s programmes in higher education at Headquarters.Before joining UNESCO, he held several senior positions including: Deputy Secretary General of the Association of African Universities; Vice-Rector of the University of Burundi and Professor of mathematical physics at the University of Burundi and several other universities and research centers in Africa and beyond. Prof. Shabani also served as Vice President of the African Academy of Science and Director of the Virtual Institute for Higher Education in Africa. He is currently President of the International Conferences on Quality assurance in Higher Education in Africa, President of the Burundi Academy of Science and Technology, Director of the Doctoral School of the University of Burundi, and Member of the High Level Panel of the Pan African University He holds a PhD in mathematical physics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He has produced over 80 publications in international journals.

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Prof. laban Ayiro

Professor Laban Ayiro is currently the Ag. Vice-Chancellor of Moi University. He has over 30 years’ experience as high school teacher, principal of several schools, Provincial Director of Education, Deputy and Senior Deputy Director of Education, Professor and Director-Quality Assurance. He has been awarded the Senior Fulbright Fellowship for research and teaching at Texas A&M University by the American Government in 2011.  In this career path he has engaged in Educational Leadership at school and provincial level, Policy Development and Implementation at the ministry headquarters, Curriculum Development at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, teaching Research Methods and Statistics and superintending over Quality Issues at the university.

 

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Dr. KABERA Callixte

 

Dr. KABERA Callixte  is the Vice Chancellor of University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies since its start in 2007. For the last 29 years, Callixte KABERA has got a wealth of experience by working at senior positions in private, semi-public and public institutions. His experience includes teaching, Management and executive tasks. Under his leadership, UTB got accreditation and degree awarding powers. The University has grown up in scope and got so many academic programs accredited by Rwandan Higher Education Council. The University has an extensive network of more than a dozen of sister universities and professional bodies across the world.

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Dr. Darla K. Deardof

Darla K. Deardorff is the  Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), based at Duke University. In addition, she is a research scholar in Education at Duke University. Editor of The Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009), she has published widely on international education and cross-cultural issues. She is also lead editor of the Sage Handbook of International Higher Education, (Sage, 2012) along with co-editors Hans de Wit, John Heyl and Tony Adams. Other books include Building Cultural Competence (Stylus, 2012), Demystifying Outcome Assessment for International Educators (Stylus 2015), and Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment and Application (Routledge, 2017), co-edited with Lily A. Arasaratnam-Smith.  With nearly 20 years of experience in the field of intercultural education, she is affiliated faculty of Harvard University’s Future of Learning Institute, The Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, OR, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (S. Africa), Meiji University (Japan), Shanghai International Studies University (China) and Middlebury Institute for International Studies. She has given invited talks, trainings and workshops around the world on intercultural competence, international education assessment and global leadership and serves as a consultant and trainer on these topics.  Founder of ICC Global, she is the recipient of numerous awards.  She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University.

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Director of Marketing & Career Advisory Center

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PICTORIAL

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Participants

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During Presentations

 

 Dr. Marie Christine and UTB VICE Chancellor

Dr. Marie-Christine Gasingirwa, Director General for Science, Technology and Research in the Ministry of Education and UTB Vice Chancellor , Dr. Kabera Callixte

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DVC Academics/ UTB , Prof. Dr. Tombola M. Gustave presenting

 

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ANIE Participants networking

Prof. Dr. Tombola M. Gustave and ANIE Particpants

During Interview with different media

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Entertanmnet at Gala Dinner

 

 SIGNING MOU ANIE

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At the end of the conference UTB and ANIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding

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UTB presenters during the break time