Kenyan university hosts first Pan-African research meeting

By The EastAfrican

Academicians from several African universities will meet next week in Kisumu, western Kenya, to discuss ways of using research findings to develop the society.

The first Pan-African International Research Congress will take place from June 18 to June 22.

It will be hosted by Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, based in Kakamega County, in partnership with South Africa’s University of Venda, Walter Sisulu University, and University of Zululand; the Botswana International University of Science & Technology, the Namibia University of Science and Technology and Nigeria’s University of Ibadan.

“The congress will give researchers an opportunity to showcase knowledge generation and dissemination in Africa,” Fredrick Otieno, the Vice Chancellor of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, told The EastAfrican in Kakamega.

Discussions will centre on: Technology for sustainable development; education, social science and health for sustainable development; governance and economic development; indigenous and alternative knowledge systems for development; research and knowledge management for commercialisation; and climate change, water and environmental management for sustainable development.

More than 200 scientific papers will be presented during the congress, which will kick off with a roundtable symposium led by the vice chancellors from the partner universities, discussing the state of higher education in Africa.

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