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Vision:  IUCEA becomes an exemplary common higher education area for a prosperous and sustainable East African Community by 2030.

Mission: To encourage and develop mutually beneficial collaboration between Member Universities and between them and Governments and other organizations, both public and private

IUCEA Core Values:  Accountability, Transparency, Unity, Diversity, Integrity, Professionalism and Teamwork

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Theme: Transforming Higher Education and Fostering EAC Integration

Preamble: This year 2020, the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is marking a key milestone of its existence by celebrating the Golden Jubilee, marking 50 years since its establishment. The event will mark its evolution journey from the then Inter-University Committee (IUC) which mainly focused on academic cooperation between universities that were descendants of the colleges of the University of East Africa to the current Inter-University Council for East Africa, a strategic institution of the East African Community (EAC) responsible for strategic development of higher education for human resource development and research. The celebrations are aimed to accolade the achievements that have been accrued through this journey of cooperation and strategic development of higher education in East Africa. Furthermore, the celebrations are aimed at reaffirming its dedication to its mandate of “coordinating and facilitating stakeholders to promote the strategic, sustainable and competitive development of the higher education sector in East Africa.” One of the key achievements of IUCEA from this journey is the transformation of the East African Community into a Common Higher Education Area. Thus, the Golden Jubilee will be dedicated to highlight the success attained during the last 50 years and to provide an opportunity for higher education stakeholders to strategies on the future direction of IUCEA. The anniversary will be celebrated in different forms of activities, namely, webinars, television and radio programmes, plenary and panel discussions, debates, exhibitions and print materials.


Expected Outputs of different activities: Key recommendations from the mentioned activities in strategic discussion striving at shaping the future landscape of higher education in East Africa and the development of the new IUCEA Vision and Mission for the next 5 years and beyond.

On 7th August 2020, the IUCEA will kick start the celebrations by webinar series by launching the first one revolving under the sub-theme:Research and Innovation: An account of 50 years of Higher Education Development in the EAC” 

Programme for Webinar I

09.00- 09.15 am:  Introductions by Prof. Chacha-Nyaigotti-Chacha, Chairperson, Commission for University Education, Kenya

09.15-09.25am: Welcome and opening remarks by Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje, IUCEA Executive Secretary

09.25-10.05 am:  Presentation by Keynote Speaker; Prof. Peter Ngure, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) St. Paul’s University, Kenya

10.05-11.05 am: A panel discussion by Panelists:

        1. Dr. Ignace Gatare, Principal, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
        2. Prof. Suleiman Ngware, University of Dar es Salaam
        3. Eng. Paul Isaac Musasizi, Chief Executive Officer, Kiira Motors
        4. Prof. Professor Ganka. D. Nyamsogoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Mzumbe University

11.05-12.45 pm: Questions and answers session

12.45-12.55 pm: Closing remarks and way forward by Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje, IUCEA Executive Secretary



Prof Chacha-Nyaigotti-Chacha: Moderator

Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha is a Kenyan playwright and Swahili language educationalist. He served as the Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa from 2,000 and 2010. He was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Kenyan Higher Education Loans Board. Prof. Nyaigotti-Chacha is currently serving as the Chairman of the Kenyan Commission for University Education (CUE) and the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC).

He holds a Bachelors of Education (Swahili Language) from Kenyatta College, a Master of Arts in Anthropological Linguistics from Yale University, United States and a PhD in Swahili Language Linguistics. Prof. Nyaigotti-Chacha served as a Tutorial Fellow and Lecturer in Swahili Language and Linguistics at Kenyatta University and later Egerton University in Kenya.

Prof. Peter Ngure: Key Note Speaker

Prof. Peter Ngure is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs at St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. He has over 24 years’ experience in higher education as a researcher and university lecturer in various universities in Kenya.

He served as an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Kenya in the School of Biological and Life Sciences where he taught Parasitology, Epidemiology, and Entomology. He is also a former Programme Manager, Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) at African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC).

Prof. Ngure is the founding member of the Global Young Academy and the Private Universities Research Consortium of Kenya, a member of the Kenya Palliative Care Association, and the Kenya National Academy of Sciences. He is also a board member at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and World Vision Kenya

He holds a PhD in Parasitology and Entomology from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Keynote Presentation

Dr. Ignace Gatare: Panelist

Dr. Ignace Gatare is the principal of the College of Science and Technology at the University of Rwanda. He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA). Previously, he served as the Director General of the Rwanda National Commission of Science and Technology (NSTC).

Between, November 2009 and April 2012, he served as the Minister of Information and Communications Technology in the Government of Rwanda. He has extensive experience coordinating and supervising several national telecommunications and ICT infrastructure projects.

Dr. Gatare is a member of various governing bodies in national and international institutions and projects. He is the Rwanda National Coordinator for African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research (AFRA).

Dr. Gatare holds a Bachelor’s degree and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering majoring in Telecommunications, from University of Mons, Belgium. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences specialising in Photonics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Prof. Suleiman Ngware: Panelist

Prof. Ngware is a professor of development studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. He  has taught and conducted extensive research on  State,  Governance and Civil Society.

Prof. Ngware served as a consultant on Governance and Local Government issues in the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Tanzania, and as an External Examiner at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education (1975) and a Master of Arts in Development Studies from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a Master of Arts in Education Public Policy Development and a PhD in Public Policy Development from University of Minnesota, United States of America (USA).

Ganka D. Nyamsogoro, PhD: Panelist

Ganka D. Nyamsogoro, PhD is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance, and the Principal, Mzumbe University Dar es salaam Campus College, Tanzania.

He is a certified Public Accountant over 14 years’ experience in accounting and finance and a certified International Accounting Standards (IAS) trainer by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).

Dr. Nyamsogoro is a visiting lecturer of Development Finance and Quantitative Methods at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He is also an adjunct professor and a moderator of examinations of several universities in Tanzania and Africa.

Previously, he worked as a visiting lecturer in Microfinance for International Development at the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom.  He was the first chairman of the Mzumbe University Audit Committee.

Dr. Nyamsogoro has authored and published several articles and books in accounting, finance and microfinance, both local and international journals and publishers. He holds a MSc. International Banking and Finance and a PhD in Finance from University of Greenwich, London.

Mr. Paul Isaac Musasizi: Panelist

Paul Isaac Musasizi is the Chief Executive Officer of Kiira Motors Corporation.

Paul has a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Paul has undertaken Executive and Professional Education Programs at HAAS School of Business, UC Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the International Society of Automotive Engineers, Detroit, Michigan.

Paul taught at Makerere University School of Engineering for the Period 2003-2016. During this time, Paul was key in the development of Curricula for several Engineering Programs at several Universities in Uganda and a member of the team which drafted the minimum requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering for the Inter-University Council for East Africa.

Paul was one of the Four Member Government of Uganda Technical Team appointed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to provide Technical Advisory and Assistance during the Implementation of the National Security Information System Project Phase I 2009-2011 which subsequently evolved into the National Identification and Registration Authority.

Paul was a Member of the Nine Member Visitation Committee on Makerere University, 2016 appointed by H.E YK Museveni to advise the Government on the most Viable Intervention toward realizing a Vibrant Higher Education System in Uganda.

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