Higher education and research is increasingly being recognised by policy makers as a key ingredient for achieving sustainable development, even if current funding from the international community as well as from many developing county governments remains low. The assumption behind the recognition of the importance of higher education and research is that human and capacity building weaknesses pose a severe constraint to enhancing national economic development, and by investing in knowledge of young people you could therefore create an asset, which could boost economic development.
RUFORUM together with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Danish Development Research Network (DDRN) and other partners will be holding a two day training workshop for African University and others to strengthen their knowledge and competencies in skills required to better engage with policy. Specifically, the objectives of the training workshop are described below.
The main purpose of the proposed two day training workshop for University staff is to strengthen their knowledge and competencies in skills required to better engage with policy. Specifically, the objectives of the training workshop are described below.
Why the Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture in Africa (CHEA)?
- Identify guiding policy objectives - related to the strengthening of the relationships between universities and development policy and practice;
- Identify and share university success stories (best practice) as a way of contributing to the development of a coherent argument on the contribution of universities to development;
- Identify strategies for improving the engagement and increasing relevance of universities to development practice;
- Contribute towards the strengthening of the capacity of universities for engaging with policy makers; and,
- Provide recommendations for universities and policy for enhancing the relevance of universities to national development strategies, including Poverty Reduction Support Papers (PRSPs), Development Strategies and Investment Plans/ CAADP country compacts and share with policy makers at the Ministerial Meeting for Higher Education in Africa.
The Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture in Africa (CHEA) is being held as a policy dialogue conference for the purpose of reaffirming high level commitment to Higher Education in Agriculture in Africa. The objective is to mobilse high level political and development commitment for increasing investments in capacity development, including Higher Education, Science and Innovations in Africa.
Conference Conveners / Organisers
The Government of Uganda and RUFORUM in partnership with CTA, Rockefeller Foundation, ATPS (African Technology Policy Network), the Danish Development Research Network (DDNR), FARA, RUFORUM, Association of African Universities (AAU), ANAFE (African Network of Agriculture and Forestry Education), World Bank, American Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), Agrinatura (European Network of Universities and Agricultural Research Institutions), Makerere University, IDRC, COMESA and FANRPAN (Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network).
Structure of the meeting:
Pre-conference Meetings and Workshops
A number of preconference meetings will take place just before the conference. These include: Policy training for universities (13-14 November, 2010), Monitoring and Evaluation workshop for RUFROUM universities (13 November 2010) and RUFORUM/ACP Outreach Project meeting (14 November, 2010).
Conference Side events
A total of 8 conference side events will be held on the 15 - 16 November, 2010 and they are as follows;
Conference Side Events 15 November 2010
Conference Side Events 16 November, 2010
- Theme 1a: Reinforcing the Relevance of African Universities
- Theme 1b: Enabling universities become learning institutions
- Theme 2: Harnessing the Opportunities and Developments in ICT
- Theme 4: Promoting Women education and leadership in Higher Education in Agriculture
- Theme 7: Integrating Agricultural Tertiary Education in the CAADP process
- Theme 3: Anticipating the futures – scenario mapping for policy and investment in Agricultural Higher Education
- Theme 5: Placing Agricultural Tertiary Education in the Policy Agenda
- Theme 6: Strengthening Partnerships in Agricultural Tertiary Education
The main conference is scheduled for 17 - 19 November, 2010. There are a total of seven exciting panel discussions focusing on:
- Investing in African Capacity for Innovations.
- Placing Agricultural Tertiary Education in Policy Agenda.
- Feedback from the Conference Side Events.
- Global Experiences and Implications for Africa.
- Transforming African Universities to Learning Institutions.
- Financing Higher Education in Africa.
- Promoting Partnerships in Higher Education.