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As a follow up to successful forums, COVIDSET 2011 was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 23rd to 25th November 2011 under the theme: Harnessing Africa’s Scientific, Engineering and Technology Innovations for Sustainable Development: The Role of Universities; and sub-themes:

  • Innovative use of science, engineering and technology in meeting the Millennium Development Goals;
  • University-Private Sector-Donor Partner collaboration, Intellectual Property Rights;
  • State of Science and Engineering Universities in Africa; and
  • New and emerging trends in Nanotechnology, Climate Change Adaptation and Green Energy.

COVIDSET 2011 was well attended by over 120 participants comprising university leaders, government ministries responsible for science, and engineering, development partners, international networks and private sector from Africa, Europe, and North America.

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The third edition, COVIDSET 2009, was held in Kampala, Uganda, from 23-25 November 2009 under the theme: Revitalizing Science, Engineering and Technology Research and Deployment for Sustainable Development in Africa. The conference was attended by several African university leaders and was officially opened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Professor Apollo Robin Nsibambi.

Participants of this forum shared their experiences and audits of achievements, challenges and provided evidence-based way-forward proposals. As has been the case since the inception of this series of highly successful conferences, two hundred university leaders made up of Vice-Chancellors, Deans, Directors and Senior Administrators of university all over the region participated in this forum. Other participants were stakeholders from the international donor community and agency representatives involved in Higher Education and the promotion of Science and Technology training in Africa.

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The Second edition, COVIDSET 2007 was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 25-27 September 2007 under the theme: Relevance of Science, Engineering and Technology Training to Development Challenges in Africa. Participants were university leaders, heads of academic departments from several African universities across the region, representatives of the donor community and agencies involved in Higher education and the promotion of science and technology training in Africa. Over One Hundred and Fifty (150) participants attended the workshop.

Unlike in the previous COVIDSET, there were fewer presentations scheduled for the conference. This approach was deliberate in order to give participants more time for deeper and broader discussion to elicit actions and specific objectives for the problems identified.

From these deliberations, an Action Plan was developed for making science, engineering and technology training more relevant to development challenges in Africa. The report presents the problems identified in the four themes on poverty alleviation, infrastructure, environment and health and proposes strategies and action to deal with them.

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Conference of Vice-Chancellors, Deans of Science Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET)

The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI), has established a biannual conference of Vice-Chancellors, Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET) as a forum for university leaders responsible for science and engineering education to meet and dialogue on strategic issues in science and engineering education. COVIDSET is a forum both for the exchange of ideas and experiences as well as for the sensitization of university leaders on trends in science and engineering education in the region and globally.


The first edition, COVIDSET 2005, was held in Accra, Ghana, from 15-17 November 2005 under the following themes:

  • Research and teaching resources available in scientific training institutions in Africa;
  • The role of Science and Technology training institutions in the fight against poverty;
  • Science and Technology training institutions and the fight against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases;
  • University-Industry partnership for economic development.

Participants of this conference were drawn from leaders of institutions responsible for teaching and/or research in the region. These included Vice Chancellors, Deans of Faculties and Heads of academic departments of African universities. Over Two Hundred (200) university leaders participated in this forum. Also in attendance were representatives of the donor community and agencies involved in Higher Education and the promotion of Science and Technology in Africa.

Through the discussion of the problems related to the above-mentioned themes, the proceedings of the conference, in effect, became a needs assessment for the revitalization of African Science and Technology training institutions. This assessment helped define the priority areas for intervention. An Action Plan was developed to address the various problems identified.

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