South Africa: Spotlight Shines On Universities Role in Agenda 2063

Discussions on universities role in achieving Africa's Agenda 2063 has taken centre stage at the 6th Africa Higher Education Week and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Biennial Conference.

The five-day conference, which started on 22 October 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, is held under the theme "Aligning African Universities to Accelerate Attainment of Africa's Agenda 2063".

The conference brings more than 15 African governments, through the relevant ministers responsible for agriculture, education, science and technology.

RUFORUM is a network of 85 African universities in 35 countries whose mission is to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster innovations for strengthening agri-food systems, through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research, and the maintenance of collaborative working relations among researchers, farmers, national agricultural research institutions and governments.

Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor is attending the conference and is expected to speak at today's session titled: "Toward Agenda 2063: Catalysing University role in influencing policy and setting development agenda".

Pandor arrived in Nairobi on Monday evening and was part of a Ministerial Round Table Dialogue held on Tuesday, under the theme "Strengthening Regional Synergies to Build Africa's Higher Education System", held at the University of Nairobi.

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