Technical & Advisory Meeting for Leaders of Africa Centers of Excellence: A Recap
Kampala (December 14, 2016) - The Technical and Advisory meeting for Leaders of Africa Centers of Excellence was held from October 24 - 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.The meeting (see program) was an opportunity for the 24 Africa Centers of Excellence (ACEs) participating in the Eastern and Southern Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE II) Project to engage in an open dialogue with peers, experts and Regional Steering Committee (RSC) members on development of robust and sustainable higher education centers of excellence. The objective of the ACE II project is to support the selected Eastern and Southern African higher education institutions to deliver quality post-graduate education and build collaborative research capacity in regional priority areas.
The objectives of the meeting were:
- To review readiness for implementation
- To provide a platform for networking amongst the ACEs
- To discuss project operations procedures
- To learn from ACE I experiences
Day One presentations included a review of project progress and expectations, overview of the project design by the World Bank. The ACEs had a breakout session with the question: What are the major challenges facing African Centers of Excellence and what are the possible solutions? There was an experience sharing session by a Center Leader from Western and Central Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE 1). Find here a recap Day One
Day Two presentations included reports from breakout sessions, disbursement, financial management, environmental and social safeguards and M&E verification process. The M&E discussion looked at all aspects of the project including Disbursement Linked Indicators, Education, Research, financial reporting and sustainability. There was a breakout session on Experiences on investment in strategic academic & industrial partnerships. Find here a recap of Day Two.
The third day included a discussion by country on experiences on capacity building needs and linkage with industry, experience sharing session from ACE I and Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering & Technology (PASET), and a presentation of the project communication strategy.