African University Deans and Principals (60) of Agriculture and related faculties will come together 8-10 June, 2015 in Khartoum, Sudan for a three day retreat to discuss issues related to strengthening higher education, Science technology and innovation in Africa. A key issue to be discussed by the Academic heads will be how to enhance regional science partnerships to strengthen higher education. They will also discuss opportunities for responding to the upcoming Call for the World Bank IDA supported African Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) Initiative.
The meeting is being organized under the auspices of the RUFORUM Network. The hosts are the Universities of Gezira and Kordofan in collaboration with the Government of Sudan. Both University of Gezira and Kordofan University are member universities of RUFORUM. This is the first Deans/ Principals meeting this year, with a further meeting planned for August, 2015 in Windhoek, Namibia at the time of RUFORUM’s Annual General Meeting.
The meeting will provide opportunity for universities to provide further input into the development of the RUFORUM Strategic Business Plan (2015-2020) that is expected to be approved by Vice chancellors of the 46 universities in Windhoek. The Plan represents an evolutionary step for RUFORUM following ten year celebrations, marked at the 4th Biennial Conference held July 21-25 in Maputo, Mozambique. The Deans and Principals play an important role in implementing the mission of RUFORUM particularly to monitor student performance and innovations to enhance quality of training programs. The Deans/ Principals Committee makes up one of seven organs of the RUFORUM network.
Outcomes of this meeting will be shared on our website at www.ruforum.org