Sixth Regional Conference of Vice Chancellors, Provosts, Deans of Science, Engineering & Technology (COVIDSET 2015)
Theme: University Education & Training in Science, Engineering and Technology in Africa - post 2015.
Venue: Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, Nigeria.
Date: 4th to 7th October 2015.
The global development paradigm is shifting to knowledge-based economy which requires the creation of a critical mass of knowledge producers and users. Many African countries have fast growing economies supported by natural resource reserves and growing youth population of 60%. Africa’s capacity to compete on the global market depends on her ability to innovate using science engineering technology and innovation (SETI) to transform its natural and human resource capability into value added goods, processes and services. This requires harnessing the potential of its youth through education and skills training and high level research and innovation to create a critical mass of experts in STI and providing equal opportunities and shared prosperity for both men and women.
Evidence abounds that there are few scientists and engineers in Africa compared to other developing economies such as Malaysia with even fewer being women (UNESCO Report, 2013). The low participation of young people in SETI can be attributed to low investment of governments in higher education and S&T universities, obsolete, non-responsive and non-market oriented curricula thus limiting employment opportunities, and low remunerations for scientists and engineers among others. The post 2015 sustainable development agenda reiterates the importance of STI for sustainable economic development and shared prosperity. And it is imperative for Universities to develop market oriented curricula to enhance youth employ-ability, and create the critical mass of experts to drive Africa’s sustainable socio-economic transformation post 2015.
Modality of Action:
The biannual regional forums of COVIDSET over the past ten years have provided the platform for Vice Chancellors, Deans, Heads of Departments, the private sector and development partners in Africa and the diaspora to deliberate on state of higher education training and research, identify strategic issues for enhancing relevance of SETI Africa’s development agenda and develop action plans.
The 6th Biannual Regional COVIDSET 2015 aims to build on successes of previous ones while charting the way forward for developing strategies and actions for implementation of post 2015 sustainable development goals for Africa’s economic transformation under the theme, University Education and Training in Science, Engineering and Technology in Africa - Post 2015.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE
The main objective of the conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of issues pertaining to relevance of the current science and engineering curricula with particular reference to the attainment of the millennium development goals and sustainable development.
The objectives of COVISDET 2015 is to provide the forum for exchange of ideas, share experiences and good practices, sensitize policy makers and university leaders on current and emerging trends in SETI for Africa’s global competitiveness and develop strategies and actions for enhancing university education and training for high impact post 2015 under sub-themes:
1.State of SETI Education in Africa Challenges and opportunities post 2015
2.Climate change and sustainable development: The role of research institutions and universities in Africa
3.Making SETI relevant for youth employ-ability post 2015
4.Research commercialization and higher education financing.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
University leaders with experience and/or knowledge of the problems covered in the themes of the conference are invited to submit 200 – 250 words abstract to the ANSTI secretariat. Papers should discuss how science and engineering education can address the challenges of the four sub-theme mentioned above.
The abstract should include the title, author’s name, affiliation, mailing address and e-mail. For ease and speed of communication all correspondence between authors and the organizers will be by e-mail.
Intending authors should note the following deadlines.
- Receipt of abstracts 30 April 2015
- Notification of acceptance of abstract 15 June 2015
- Receipt of final manuscript 30 July 2015
Conference Registration fees
The fee is $100.00 for participants from member Institutions of ANSTI. Other participants will pay $250. The fee covers the Welcome reception, conference dinner and the proceedings.
From past experience from the last COVIDSET's, we are expecting over 200 participants from among leaders of institutions responsible for teaching and/or research in the region. These will include Vice-Chancellors, Deans of Faculties and heads of academic departments in African universities. There will also be participants from among the donor community and agencies involved in Higher Education and the promotion of Science and Technology in Africa.
Participants will be accommodated at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, Nigeria.
The medium of communication at the conference will be English and French.
The conference website is under construction and the link will be made available in due course.
The COVIDSET 2015 Conference Secretariat
The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions
UNESCO Nairobi Office
P. O. Box 30592
Block C, UN Gigiri Complex
Fax +254 20 622538