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Connecting Ideas | Strengthening Capacity | Innovation Solutions
Dr. Belay Begashaw
Director General, SDGC/A
Together with African intellectuals,
The Sustainable Development Goals
Center for Africa hopes to turn proclamations
into action and aspirations into reality.
The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) is an autonomous international organization that provides technical support, and expertise as input to national governments, private sector, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda across Africa. With headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda, the Center builds upon the existing successes of the African continent by bringing together people, ideas, and innovation from across the world to collectively build a more sustainable future.
Under the patronage of His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and Founding Chair of the SDGC/A Board, Mr. Aliko Dangote, Owner of Dangote Group and Co-Chair of the SDGC/A Board, as well as the Heads of State and other members of the SDGC/A Board, the Mobilizing African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education conference will be a principal platform for examining tertiary education as a “game changing” lever for African societies to meet the SDGs and beyond.
Over the years, African policy makers have been aware of the pressing need to reform the education sector. For Africa to compete on the global stage, as well as for its countries to meet the SDGs and African Union’s Agenda 2063, the quality of higher education across the continent is in urgent need of improvement. Given that Africa is home to 16% of the earth’s population – 1.2 billion – it is surprising to note that none of the many African institutions of tertiary education are atop the podium of recent international university rankings. With the youngest population in the world of 200 million inhabitants between 15 and 24 years; it is expected that the population will reach 1.6 billion by 2030 and 2.4 billion by 2050; with a youth population bulge close to 30%. The challenge for Africa is to turn its demographic growth and youth bulge into real economic potential with a positive impact on development across the continent. Therefore, the demand for great improvements in the quality of higher education contributing to significant economic development requires immediate response.
The SDGC/A conference Mobilizing African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali from 5th to 6th July 2017. The conference will bring together over 300 intellectuals and scholars from all over the continent and the diaspora, in an effort to convene major stakeholders for essential discussions on the major themes relevant to SDG implementation in tertiary education and research throughout Africa. The participants will include Heads of State, government ministries in charge of education, university leadership including Vice Chancellors and Rectors of public and private universities and Heads of Academic Affairs, and other representatives of African academic networks, councils and research centers.
As a platform for intellectuals’ engagement this workshop will be specifically designed for the field of actors who are exposed to Africa’s higher education bottlenecks in their daily professional life. The SDGC/A foresees a fruitful interaction between academics in order to accelerate successful practices among tertiary education establishments.