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The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) conference Mobilizing African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali from 5th to 6th July 2017.

The primary objective of the conference was to create a coalition of African intellectuals who will brainstorm and hold principal discussions on practical actions, explore solutions and build consensual approaches on the major themes relevant to SDG implementation in tertiary education and research throughout Africa.


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Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice Chancellors from Universities Across Africa
Parallel Sessions


The conference will be a two-day event structured as a workshop. As a platform for intellectuals’ engagement, the workshop will feature keynote addresses from Mr. Aliko Dangote, Owner, Dangote Group and Co-Chair of SDGC/A Board; Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Earth Institute; Her Excellency Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, as well as other prominent speakers. In addition, a panel discussion with a diverse range of dynamic speakers and five thematic group discussions will be held on comprehensively improving the education curriculum, quality of research outputs, universities infrastructure, international outlook, and financing and cooperation.

His Excellency Paul Kagame

President of the Republic of Rwanda

Dr. Belay Begashaw

Director General, SDGC/A

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Earth Institute

Dr. Abdalla Hamdok

Executive Secretary (a.i), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)


During the conference a coalition of African intellectuals who will convene in order to brainstorm on the key priority action areas for consideration at the workshop: (i) Session 1: The Enabling Environment in Education - Excellence in Teaching and Learning; (ii) Session 2: Research - Scholarly Work; (iii) Session 3: Building Reputable University Systems in Africa; (iv) Session 4: Knowledge for Development – Transforming Societies

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