Conference Agenda  

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Day 1: Thursday, March 30, 2017

CGIS South, Concourse Level, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Room S001

0300 – 0400:     Registration

                        Tsai Auditorium

0400 – 0430:     Welcome and Introductions:

Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University; Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, United States International University – Africa and Chair, Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) Advisory Council

0430 –0600:      Plenary Session: Challenges of African Higher Education.

Session Objective: This session will reflect on some of the major transformations and trends taking place in Higher Education in Africa and the world, and the perspectives and roles of various stakeholders.  The key stakeholders include students, parents, governments, the private sector, development partners and donors, and the universities themselves.  The panel will examine how these transformations can be managed to develop vibrant higher education systems across Africa.

Panel Members: Fred Matiang’i,  Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Kenya;  Winston Wole Soboyejo, Dean of Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, former President and Provost,  African University of Science and Technology, Nigeria; Ihron Rensburg, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg; Judith McLaughlin, Educational Chair, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents and Faculty Director, Higher Education Program.

Session Chair:    Ebrima Sall, Executive Secretary,

                        Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Dakar, Senegal.

0700:                Welcome Dinner:

                        Grafton Street Pub and Grill, 1230 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Day 2: Friday, March 31, 2017:

CGIS North, Room K050, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

0700 – 0800:     Breakfast:

                        Harvard Art Museum, Deknatel Hall – Lower Level

                        (Enter on Broadway Street between Prescott and Quincy Streets)

0800 - 0915:      The Future of African Universities: Policy Directions

Session Objective: This session will focus on the kinds of policies that need to be developed to ensure a vibrant future for African higher education institutions at the regional, national, and institutional levels.  What needs to be done to promote the expansion, diversification, differentiation, and coordination of African universities while simultaneously improving quality, access, affordability, and equity? What kinds of policies have been tried and are working and what are the obstacles that need to be overcome by policy makers?

Panel Members:  Berhanu Abegaz,  Director, African Academy of Sciences; Alexandre Lyambabaje, Executive Secretary, Inter-University Council for East Africa; Phillip Clay, Professor and former Chancellor - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Board member, Kresge Foundation (former Board member, MasterCard Foundation); Rwekaza Mukandala, Vice Chancellor, University of Dar es Salaam. 

Session Chair:    Pinkie Mekgwe, Executive Director, Division for Internationalization,

                        University of Johannesburg, South Africa

0915 – 1000:     Keynote Speech: H.E Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

                        Former President United Republic of Tanzania and Chancellor, University of Dar es Salaam.

Session Chair:    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

1000 – 1115:     Technology and Digital Platforms in Higher Education at African Universities

Session Objective:  Technology is transforming and disrupting all sectors. Higher education is no exception. The processes and practices of teaching and learning, knowledge production, and scholarly communication and consumption are undergoing massive changes. How are African higher education institutions integrating information and communication technologies and how can they most effectively use technology to enhance their triple roles learning, research, and public engagement?

Panel Members: Robert Lue, Faculty Director of HarvardX and Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning; Mark Matunga, Director, Corporate Affairs Group - East Africa, Intel Corporation; Atieno Adala, Manager, Research and Development, African Virtual University; Etienne Porgo, Head of the Division of Education and Skills Development, African Development Bank.

Session Chair: Ilesanmi Adesida, Provost, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan (former Provost and Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

1115 - 1145       Break: 

                        CGIS North, Room K050, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

1145 – 0100      Partnerships for Higher Education: Consortiums, Foundations and Multinationals

Session Objective: Universities are expected to play a major role in the promotion of integrated, inclusive, and innovative sustainable development as articulated in the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and numerous national visions as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. This requires universities to establish robust relationships with governments, the private sector, civil society, and philanthropic organizations. How are African universities faring in this regard?  Going forward, what role can partnerships play to revitalize higher education in the continent?

Panel Members: Kofi Appenteng, Chair, Ford Foundation Board of Trustees and President, African American Institute; Aggrey Ambali, Head, Science, Technology and Innovation Hub, New Partnership for African Development; Joyce Lewinger Moock, Advisor to Foundations and Non Profits (former Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation); Paul Maritz, Computer Scientist and Software Executive,  Chair of the Board of Pivotal (former Vice President,  Microsoft Corporation)

Session Chair:    Tade Aina, Executive Director,

                        Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, Kenya. 

0100 – 0200:     Lunch Break:

                        CGIS North, Room K050, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

0200 – 0315:     Diaspora Scholars and Higher Education

Session Objective: The African diaspora is increasingly recognized as a developmental asset for African countries. This is evident in the volume of remittances. Turning ‘brain drain’ into ‘brain gain’ and ‘brain circulation’ entails mobilizing the human capital of the diaspora. This is particularly critical for African universities that often lack adequate faculty and rank low on global knowledge indicators. This session will discuss the role the diaspora scholars have played and can play in advancing Africa’s higher education. What kind of enabling environment both abroad and back at home is needed to maximize diaspora participation?  What are some of the achievements and strategies for further success?

Panel Members: Jonah Kokodyniak, Deputy Vice President, Strategic Development, Institute of International Education; Emmanuel Fabiano, Minister of Education, Malawi; Gibril Faal, Director Africa – Europe Diaspora Development Platform; Fanta Aw, Former President, NAFSA: Association of International Educators.      

Session Chair:    Teboho Moja, Professor and Program Director, Higher Education Program,

                        New York University

0315 – 0430:     Establishing the 10/10 Program and the Consortium for African Diaspora Fellowship Programs

Session Objective: Drawing from the success and lessons of the CADFP in the 6 African Countries in the three subject areas i.e. Collaborative Research, Graduate Students Training and mentorship and Curriculum Co-development, there is evidence of the need to upscale the program for more impact in the continent.  CADFP will provide this opportunity.  The session will explore the role of the different partners represented in the conference in supporting the launch, implementation and sustainability of CADFP. 

Session Chair:    Emmanuel Akyeampong, Oppenheimer Faculty Director

                        Harvard University Center for African Studies

0430 – 0515:     Endnote Address: Re-imagining African Higher Education for the 21st Century:

Presenter:         Fred Swaniker, Founder and Chairman of the African Leadership Academy,

                        African Leadership Network, and African Leadership University.

Session Chair:    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

0515 – 0615:     Break and Networking

1900                 Closing Dinner: Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

                        7:00 PM – Wine and Hors d’oeuvres (Room 2)

                        7:30 PM – Dinner (Reading Room)