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December 11, 2022 (ARTA, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) held the Second Meeting of the Board of IGAD Council of Higher Education (Universities Forum) to review progresses in the implementation of the planned activities for 2022; and to adopt the action plan for 2023 as well as agree on theme and agenda for the Second IGAD Universities Forum expected to be held in June 2023.

On the behalf of IGAD Executive Secretary, Madam Fathia Alwan, Director for Health and Social Development Division, underlined that education is at the core of IGAD programmes.

She further, underlined that Higher Education in particular is one of the critical tools of skills and competencies development, regional integration and people to people interaction.

In addition, the Director also expressed her commitment to support strengthening of  the network of IGAD  universities. She also  emphasised  that IGAD will continue to sustain the common platform and facilitate exchanges.

“We want to listen to you and to guide us in the process. We will also make necessary efforts to pool resources together though success in this could take time. “She noted.

The meeting brought together Vice  Chancellors/Presidents/Rectors   of  universities,  one  each from  Djibouti  University,  Addis  Ababa  University,  Jigjiga  University,  Somali  National University, University of Nairobi,  Juba University, Khartoum University, Ahfad  University and Makerere University.

The key outcomes of the meeting are:

  • reporting of the activities carried the IGAD Education Programme;
  • clear directives of the activities and plans for the next two years; and
  • agreement on the theme and Agenda for the Second Conference of IGAD Universities Forum.

The IGAD Universities Forum, which was held at Jigjiga University in April 2021 established  the  IGAD  Council  of  Higher  Education  with  an  advisory  Board  consisting  of Djibouti University, Addis Ababa University, University of Nairobi, Somali National University, University  of  Juba,  University  of  Khartoum  and  Maker ere  university.

The first meeting of the Board was held in Sudan at the University of Khartoum and the University  of Khartoum is the current Chair of the Board.

It is to be remembered that the Djibouti Declaration on education  adopted in 2017 urged IGAD to create a network of universities  in the  IGAD  region  to  advice  on  quality  and  relevance  of  higher  education.


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