Building the capacity of institutions to improve African higher-ed outcomes

14-16 JUNE 2021

The 2021 Annual Convening is a 3-day activity-packed set of engagements that will bring together administrators, educators, development agencies and employers onto one platform.

It will feature a mix of hands-on workshops, plenaries, panels, and innovation sessions designed to spark interest and develop institutions’ capacity to nurture students for successful careers, build entrepreneurship ecosystems, and rethink strategies for inclusive and diverse campus environments.

Tracks

PARALLEL

Exploring successful HEI models for developing sustainable and efficient entrepreneurship ecosystems.

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PARALLEL

Redefining career preparation in African higher-ed institutions. In Partnership with Kepler University, Rwanda.

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Employability Track →

SPECIAL FEATURE

The place of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education Institutional strategy.

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Special Feature Sessions 

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10:00 am - 11:00 am

Virtual

Virtual Coffee Hour: The Education Collaborative Mentorship Program

This event brings together key stakeholders of the Education Collaborative to engage with the three mentee institutions under the Collaborative: Palm Institute, African Development University (ADU), and Burkina Faso Institute of Technology (BIT).

*This is an invitation-only event. 

Email Stephen at stephen.gyan@ashesi.edu.gh to request an invitation 

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Virtual

Speaker Session: The place of higher education in the larger entrepreneurship ecosystem

Pre- convening event

Speaker: Dr. Sola, Adesola, Senior Lecturer & EDI Lead, Oxford Brookes Business School.   

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01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Virtual

Masterclass: Higher education start-up tools: Foundations for sustainability

Facilitator: Patrick Awuah, President, Ashesi University

Topic: Higher education start-up tools: Foundations for sustainability

This exclusive session offers insights into strategic planning and innovative administrative models for higher-ed institutions on the African continent.

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9:00 am – 11:00 am

Virtual

Opening Plenary: Collaboratively improving higher education outcomes in Africa

Main event

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11:00 am – 11:30 am

Virtual

OnStage Session – Roundtable discussion 1: Improving teaching and learning – Research Collaborations

Onstage Session

Facilitators: Dr. Sena Agbodjah Agyepong, Head of Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University; Esther Aforley Laryea, Lecturer, Ashesi University

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11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Virtual

Panel: Aligning the focus of education in higher education institutions to labor market needs (Part 1)

Employability Track

Panel: Bernard Conyers, Supply Chain Director, Ghana; Dr. Sakah Bernard Nsaidzedze, Founder, BigSteps, USA; Prof. Baylie Yishita; Vice-Chancellor, Kepler, Rwanda.

Moderator: Sylvia Kunkyebe, Transitions Lead, Mastercard Foundation.

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11:30 am – 1:45 pm

Virtual

Presentation and discussion of Exemplar HEI Models 

Entrepreneurship Track

This session explores four successful HEI models. These models will help participants identify programs and structures needed to improve the entrepreneurship ecosystem in their institutions. 

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12:50 pm – 1:20pm

Virtual

Breakout Discussions: Aligning the focus of education in higher education institutions to labor market needs (Part 2)

Employability Track

Panel: Bernard Conyers, Supply Chain Director, Ghana; Dr. Sakah Bernard Nsaidzedze, Founder, BigSteps, USA; Prof. Baylie Yishita; Vice-Chancellor, Kepler, Rwanda.

Moderator: Sylvia Kunkyebe, Transitions Lead, Mastercard Foundation.

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01:30 pm – 02:30 pm

Virtual

Panel Plenary Discussion: Aligning the focus of education in higher education institutions to labor market needs (Part 3)

Employability Track

Panel: Bernard Conyers, Supply Chain Director, Ghana; Dr. Sakah Bernard Nsaidzedze, Founder, BigSteps, USA; Prof. Baylie Yishita; Vice-Chancellor, Kepler, Rwanda.

Moderator: Sylvia Kunkyebe, Transitions Lead, Mastercard Foundation.

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1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Virtual

Entrepreneurship Interdependency Factors & Institutional Assessment 

Entrepreneurship Track

Facilitator: Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, CEO and Co-founder, Centre for Social Innovations (CSI)  

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02:45 pm – 03:15 pm

Virtual

OnStage Session – Roundtable discussion 2: Improving research collaborations in African business schools  

Onstage Session

Facilitators: Dr. Sena Agbodjah Agyepong, Head of Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University; Esther Aforley Laryea, Lecturer, Ashesi University

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10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual

Workshop: Maximizing employer engagement for sustainable HEIs’ career development services

Employability Track

Facilitators: Abigail Welbeck, Director of Career Service Department, Ashesi University; Mr. Karoli Kolokonyi, Director of Careers and Alumni Affairs, Kepler

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10:00 am – 12: 00 pm

Virtual

Workshop – Entrepreneurship ecosystem: Ideation and institutional concept development 

Entrepreneurship Track

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12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Virtual

OnStage Session: Using evidence to improve employability for young people in sub-Saharan Africa

Onstage Session 

Facilitators: Dr. Jennifer N. Udeh, Head of Programmes and Partnership, Education sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA); Dr. Samuel Asare, Research Manager, ESSA

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12:30 pm – 02:45 pm

Virtual

Workshop: Leveraging alumni relations for effective career development initiatives in HEIs

Employability Track

Facilitators: Dr. Davis Adrian Wayne, CEO, Bright Future Global Consulting and Education; Michael Quansah, Alumnus, Ashesi University

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02:45 pm – 03:15 pm

Virtual

OnStage Session: Industry-Oriented Learning and Digital Tools for Enhancing Student Career Outcomes (in African Higher Education)

Onstage Session

Facilitator: Segun Ogunwale, Co-founder of Kominity Digital and Team Lead of Bridgia.

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08:30 am – 10:00 am

Virtual

Maximizing employer engagement: Ashesi-ETH Zurich

Employability Case Study

Panel: Mr. Maxmilian Grau, Program Manager, Learning and Partnerships, ETH4D, ETH Zurich, Dr. Nathan Amanquah, Head of Engineering Department, Ashesi University; Dr. Marriette Mertens, Programme Manager, Learning and Partnerships, ETH4D, ETH Zurich

Moderator: Dr. Wilfred Elegba, Graduate Program Coordinator, Mechatronics Engineering Program, Ashesi University.

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10:15 am - 12:15 pm

Virtual

Panel: Dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher-ed institutions 

Special Feature

Panel: Dr. Solomon Mekonnen, Director of Scholars, Program, University of Gondar, Leonne Laura Uwizihiwe, DEI Manager, Kepler; Dinah Adiko, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Consultant.

Moderator: Dr. Desalegn Menagesha, Associate Professor; Regional Director, Global One Health Initiative, Ethiopia

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12:30 pm – 02:15 pm

Virtual

Workshop: Institutional assessment on diversity, equity and inclusion 

Special Feature

Facilitators: Marieke Broersma, CBR Professional, Light for the World; Melaku Tekle, Executive Director, Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD)

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02:30 pm – 03:15 pm

Virtual

Commitment Summit: Agenda setting

Main event

Topic: Agenda setting and ways of implementing insights from the Convening

Facilitators: Dr. George Mugabe, Director of Research & Community Service, Kepler; Rose Dodd, Director, The Education Collaborative, Ashesi University

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What are past participants saying?

We learn what the best are doing from all over the world from here, take what is relevant in our context in Niger and add our knowledge to create something new that is unique and fits our environment.

Kader Kaneye, African Development University – Niger – 2019 Participant

This conference has helped me step back and realized that we are engaging with developing human beings and our role as facilitators and teachers is to bring them along that journey in a wholistic sense.

Heather Beem, Ashesi University – 2018 Participant

I have learnt a lot of things actually. How would you find one word to describe something which is good? I would say extraordinary.

Joselyne Ishimwe, Kepler University, Kigali – 2019 Participant

It was a practical session such that you had hands on training on how to use the tools shared

Benjamin Amanquah, Accra Technical University – 2019 Participant

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