2023 East Africa Hub Convening

October 5-6, 2023, Kampala, Uganda


 Convening Schedule

Theme: “Accelerating Entrepreneurship and Graduate Employability for Regional Development

Thursday 5th October 2023 – Sheraton Kampala

Time Agenda Facilitator
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Convening Registration Opens




Arrival & Registration of Participants

Note: Pick up your Convening access card, and materials at designated stand in the main lobby of your hotel.

Fredrick Rotich  –
The Education Collaborative,
EA Hub Administrative Coordinator
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Lunch Hub/Volunteers
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Opening and welcoming remarks | Official welcome by EA Hub Director and Convening Host Institution executive.

Ms. Lizzie Chongoti
The Education Collaborative
EA Regional Director



Prof. John Mugisha

Vice Chancellor
Cavendish University Uganda

3:30 pm to 4:45 pm


Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) Symposium
The IUCEA symposium will open the 2023 East Africa Convening to engage and sensitize Higher Education Stakeholders in the region on quality assurance processes set in place to ensure quality student outcomes related to entrepreneurship & graduate employability from a regulatory and policy standpoint.



This session will also highlight the successes and impact of building and fostering cross-border and interinstitutional collaborations in East Africa while propounding on adoption of best practices and regional developmental needs. Participants include executive leaders, faculty, and administrators of higher education, regulators, policy makers, industry, and professionals from development agencies.

4:45 pm to 5:00 pm Roundup Session Mr. Stephen Oloo
Technical Committee Representative
Rongo University Session Facilitator
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm The Education Collaborative Exhibition: A self-paced walk-through experience featuring pictures, EA hub data, and posters. A section will also highlight places to visit in Kampala. Hub / Volunteers
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cocktail and Networking Session | Uganda Vice Chancellor Forum Celebration
This session aims to be a relaxed engaging evening designed to facilitate professional connections and foster meaningful relationships in a social atmosphere. This session will offer a valuable platform for participants to expand their professional networks, discuss emerging trends, and cultivate partnerships that can lead to new opportunities and strategic collaborations.




The Cocktail will feature brief speeches from the Education Collaborative and the Uganda Vice Chancellor Forum caped with a celebratory cake cutting ceremony.

Ms. Rose Dodd
Executive Director
The Education Collaborative



Prof. John Mugisha

Vice Chancellor
Cavendish University Uganda
Chairperson, Uganda Vice Chancellor Forum



Friday 6th October 2023 – Sheraton Kampala

Time Agenda Facilitator
8:30 am -8:45 am

Welcome and Recap

This session is a brief moderator guided stretch that will recap the activities and lessons of the 1st day and walk participants through the scheduled activities of the day setting pace for discussion and exchange of ideas.

Prof. Samuel Gudu
Vice Chancellor
Rongo University
8:45 am – 9:15 am

Keynote Address

Fostering Regional Prosperity: Unleashing Entrepreneurship and Employability through Higher Education
The keynote address will provide a unique industry perspective on “Accelerating Entrepreneurship and Graduate Employability for Regional Development”. The Speaker will accentuate on the regional employment landscape’s needs and dynamics, and share propositions on how higher education can catalyze entrepreneurial ventures and deliver the supply for the growing demand for adaptable, skilled, and future work-ready graduates who will contribute meaningfully to regional growth.

Mr. Douglas Opio
Executive Director
The Federation of Uganda Employers

9:15 am – 10:45 am






Elevating Change: Unveiling the EA Hub Impact Report of Transformation
| Fireside chat | Plenary.
This session will feature three parts; the launch and presentation of the key highlights of the EA Hub Impact Report and White paper on Entrepreneurship and Graduate Employability, a moderated Fireside chat reactions and reflections on the unveiled reports with regional regulator, Higher Education Executive & Industry player and an open plenary engagement, discussing implications and next steps.

Mr. Eric Saulo
EA Hub Technical Committee Chair
Strathmore University



Fireside Chat Panel

Dr. Sylvie Mucyo
Vice Chancellor
Rwanda Polytechnic

Mr. John Matogo
Corporate Social Responsibility Leader for Africa & the Middle East at IBM

IUCEA Representative

10:45 am -11:00 am

Group photo Session
A vivid, candid, and compelling group photo capturing the spirit and energy of the 2023 East Africa Hub Convening, memorializing, and embodying the transformational discourse on Entrepreneurship and Graduate Employability for Regional Development.





Communications Team
11:00 am -11:30 am Coffee Break  

11:30 am -12:45 pm





Employability | Employability Initiatives Panel Discussion
This session will explore various crucial aspects of career services departments at Higher Educations Institutions through a lighting round presentation style moderated by the Education Collaborative the System Change Program project lead.



Pathways to Success: Discovering Market Dynamics and Job Exploration through Career Fairs, Exhibitions & Festivals
Discover how career fairs, exhibitions, and festivals serve as robust gateways to unravel market dynamics. We’ll dissect the symbiotic relationship between students, professionals, and industries, showcasing how these events bridge the gap between academia and the corporate world.

A Careers Department sine qua non: Measuring the Impact and Success of Career Services
The pulse of any institution lies within its career services department. Join us to uncover the art of quantifying success and impact in this crucial domain. Learn how to assess the effectiveness of career services, from mentorship programs to alumni engagement, and witness firsthand the transformational outcomes.

Strategic Blueprint: Crafting Pathways to Employment
Through Career Services Planning Embark on a journey through the strategic blueprint designed to forge meaningful pathways to graduate employment. We’ll answer how tailored career services planning can revolutionize job prospects and empower the workforce.

Dr. George Mugabe
Project Lead, SCP- Employability
Kepler College
Session Facilitator



Mr. Bernard Ochan
Careers and Employability Officer Cavendish University, Uganda

Ms. Patricia Gichuki
Placement Lead – Career & Placement Office
United States International University (USIU) – Africa

Mr. Uwihanganye Emmanuel
Director of Career Development and Guidance Unit
Rwanda Polytechnic-IPRC Gishari

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Cultivating Entrepreneurial Culture at Higher Education Institutions Dr. Lillian Omoke
Technical Committee Representative
University of Embu Session Facilitator


2:00 pm – 2:45 pm




Entrepreneurship Part One | Deep Dive
This session with go into an in-depth analysis of the University of Embu, Kenya 2022 post convening grant award on Developing a twelve-month entrepreneurial program to develop Innovative, Design, Enterprising, Agility and Leadership (IDEAL) skills among university students.
Dr. Duncan Mugambi
Lecturer Department of Business Studies and IDEAL Project Lead
University of Embu
10min Break  

Entrepreneurship Part Two| Setting up Incubators at HEIs
This session will explore the technical, infrastructural and financial requirements for setting up an incubator within a Higher Education Institutions and the outcome and impact of incubators to driving entrepreneurial skills and ventures among students.





Ms. Ludovica Ochieng
Incubation Manager
iBizAfrica Incubation & Innovation Centr
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Coffee Break  

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Closing Address
Announcing the Hub leadership transition and inauguration of new EA Hub host – Kepler College, Rwanda.





Prof. Baylie Yeshita
Vice Chancellor
Kepler College – Rwanda
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Closing Session
Special thanks and Call to commitment
Ms. Lizzie Chongoti
EA Regional Director
The Education Collaborative