Media Invitation: Forum to deliberate strengthening of ASET training in Africa
Nairobi, Kenya – On Monday, 7 October, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), will host a high level discussion forum on strengthening Africa’s capacity in applied sciences, engineering and technology (ASET).
The Centre is convening the forum in its capacity as the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), the flagship programme of the Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET). An initiative by African governments, PASET aims to address fundamental gaps in skills and knowledge necessary for long-term, sustained economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Specifically, the forum aims to conduct an analysis of 10 RSIF African Host Universities (AHUs). These institutions were competitively chosen for their expertise in thematic areas identified by PASET as critical to Africa’s development. The goal is to determine relevant interventions to reinforce the potential of the AHUs in nurturing world class capacity.
The event will be attended by Vice-Chancellors of the 10 RSIF AHUs, representatives of the PASET Executive Board, the Consultative Advisory Group, the World Bank, the Ministry of Education Kenya, and various high-level delegates.
We invite you to the opening ceremony of the forum to be officiated by Hon. Prof. George A. O. Magoha, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Kenya; Chair PASET Governing Council, 9.00 – 9.30 am.
This will be followed by a signing ceremony of Partnership Agreements between 10 PASET-RSIF AHUs and icipe, from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon. This agreement gives the AHUs a chance to benefit from the research and innovation grant windows of the RSIF, and access opportunities for strengthening the design and management of PhD programmes and partnerships with world class research institutions.