Home » IGAD Executive Secretary Inaugurates the 1st Regional Universities Forum and Launches IGAD Scholarship Programme
As for the IGAD Scholarships Programme, Dr Workneh stressed that ‘special emphasis will be given to candidates, particularly girls, from refugee and displacement affected communities’.
During the two-day event, universities in attendance had the opportunity to showcase their programmes and share experiences; and agree on future collaboration. They explored prospects of joint research opportunities and for collaboration on issues of migration and forced displacement.
The Forum also explored the role universities can play in enhancing the implementation of the Nairobi Declaration on Durable Solutions for Refugees, the Djibouti Declaration, the existing IGAD Regional Education Policy Framework and the IGAD Regional Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Strategy, and the IGAD Regional Qualifications Framework which is under preparation.
At the closing of the Forum today, it was agreed that a Regional Consultative Forum will be established by the universities in attendance. This shall later be enhanced to include other institutions of higher learning from the region. An IGAD Council of Higher Education was also established.
The 1st IGAD Universities Forum is organised with support from the German government and Education Cannot Wait, and in partnership with UNESCO, the European Union and the UNHCR.