A team from Cavendish University Uganda (CUU) joined other university leaders, higher-education administrators and regulators across East Africa to engage in meaningful conversations to spark sustainable collaborations that can steer systems-level changes in the Higher Education industry.
This was during The Education Collaborative’s first East Africa Convening which took place from the 10th to 11th of October, 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda. Hosted by Kepler College in Rwanda, the convening was held under the theme “Accelerating Entrepreneurship and Graduate Employability for Regional Development.”
The CUU team included; the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John F. Mugisha, the Executive Director, Mr. David Mutabanura, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Olive Sabiiti, the Careers & Employability Officer, Mr. Bernard Ochan, the Executive Assistant, Ms. Sandra Nabagereka and a student, Mr. Collins Mbulakyalo, who was on a work-study programme.
During the two-days conference which was held at the Four Points by Sheraton- Rwanda, attendees were able to share best practices, tools, and resources and developed networks and collaborations that will scale the impact of their work within the respective institutions.
“As a region-specific Annual Convening, the forum will be more targeted and relevant to the needs of the East African region,” Ms. Lizzie Chongoti, EA Regional Director of The Education Collaborative shared. “This will also be an opportunity for new member institutions to understand how they can practically engage with existing member institutions.”
The keynote speaker, Hon. Prof. Manasseh Nshuti- Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in charge of the East African Community spoke about the role of Higher Education Institutions in unlocking careers and employability. He encouraged higher-ed institutions to produce graduates who are fit for purpose and relevant for the market.
Cavendish University’s Executive Director, Mr. David Mutabanura shared the EA Hub’s strategic plan highlights with the participants during an open discussion where he was a panel discussant.
Uganda was represented by Cavendish University Uganda, Makerere University, Gulu University and Bishop Stuart University (BSU). The attendees also got a chance to have campus tours of African Leadership University (ALU) and Kepler College.
The East Africa Convening follows the first Francophone Convening and also serves as the second in a series of regionally-focused platforms for member institutions within the same geographic region to engage with one another to address development within their context.
The Education Collaborative is an Ashesi University-led consortium of African higher education institutions aimed at transforming systems to improve regulatory, institutional and student outcomes of higher education in Africa.