Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi
Commission Secretary & CEO
Commission for University Education
Theme: Positioning universities as the nexus of research, innovation and technology transfer for Socioeconomic Transformation
The Commission for University Education with the support of our esteemed partners warmly welcomes you to the 2nd Biennial Conference on the State of Higher Education in Kenya. The conference will run on the theme Positioning universities as the nexus of research, innovation and technology transfer for Socioeconomic Transformation which be held from 30th October to 2nd November, 2018 at the Utalii hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference is against the backdrop and resolution of the 1st Biennial Conference on the State of Higher Education in Kenya held in 2016 at Kenyatta University. This year’s conference builds on key milestones attained in the 1st Biennial conference key among them: The launch of The State of Higher Education in Kenya report that has since become a key reference document in the sector; policy advisories to government some of which have been implemented as policy directions; publication of the ‘State of University Education in Kenya: Selected papers’ from the conference proceedings that have created the necessary awareness and shared information to the sector stakeholders.
This year’s conference will further sustain the already set pace with stimulating discourse on universities’ leadership, not just in knowledge generation but also in creating cultures of innovative thinking that inspire and nurture National development envisaged in the Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The captivating three-day forum will bring together eminent scholars, professionals, key policy makers, industrialists and over 300 participants drawn from varied specialisations in which they will engage in plenary sessions and round table discussions to discuss pertinent issues around the university sector, celebrate achievements and propose ways of leveraging university education in Kenya to the next frontier. Further, it is expected that the interaction will elicit debates and discussions on how universities can use their strategic positions to drive the national development agenda through research and innovations.
The event will also provide a platform for universities to showcase their cutting edge research outputs and innovations relevant to the prioritized strategic areas of national development.
I can guarantee that you will have a one of its kind opportunity to learn, share experiences and network with seasoned local and international higher education professionals and players.
Looking forward to fruitful engagement of our esteemed stakeholders.
The conference intends to:
Generate ideas to anchor policy frameworks which address pertinent and emerging issues
in development of university education; and
Showcase research findings and innovations relevant to prioritized areas of national development.
Sub-theme 1 (Round Table 1): Science, Technology and Innovation
Sub-theme 2 (Round Table 2): Quality Assurance in Higher Education
Sub-theme 3 (Round Table 3): Technology Transfer/Commercialization
of Research outputs (Case studies/Exhibitions)
Sub - theme 4 (Round Table): Collaborations, Partnerships and Linkages
Sub-theme 5 (Round Table 5): Doctoral Training and Research
A section of Participants keenly follow proceedings at the Amphitheater.
Prior to opening:Education CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i plants a commemorative plaque at the Amphitheatre just ahead of the opening ceremony
Education CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i (left) with the Principal Secretary for Science and Technology Prof. Collette Suda , Commission Chairman Prof. Henry Thairu (2nd left), Commission Secretary Prof. David Some (2nd right) launches “ State of University Education in Kenya” publication at the Kenyatta University’s Amphitheatre during the opening of the Biennial conference.
CUE's Exhibition stand opened and set to receive visitors during the conference.