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Bioeconomy Strategy to improve food security in region, says EAC Secretary General

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 15th December, 2022: The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Hon. Dr. Peter Mutuku Mathuki has said that the recently EAC Council of Ministers approved regional bioeconomy strategy will be a key factor to promoting food security and sustainable agriculture in the region. 

Dr. Mathuki said that the bioeconomy strategy – the first of its kind in Africa and the second in the world after that of the European Union – will increase opportunities for the EAC Partner States to deepen their cooperation in developing a sustainable and resilient bioeconomy.

“Through the strategy, EAC Partner States will scale-up their bio-innovations, share scientific knowledge, and harmonise policies, standards, and regulations for bio-manufacturing and regional trade,” said Dr. Mathuki. 

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The new IUCEA Governing Board (2022 -2024) in a group photo taken in Bujumbura.

IUCEA General Assembly elects new members of the Governing Board (2022-2024)

Bujumbura, Burundi, 10th July, 2022 : The 13th General Assembly of Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) has elected new members of the IUCEA Governing Board and Prof. Calixte Kabera, Vice Chancellor, East African University, Republic of Rwanda as the Chairperson, for two years (2022-2024). 

The General Assembly, which is the highest policy making organ of IUCEA, is comprised of Vice Chancellors and Principals from Member Universities, representatives of Ministries responsible for Higher Education and representatives of the Private Sector from EAC Partner States.  

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Rais wa Zanzibar Mhe. Dkt Hussein Mwinyi ikitoa hotuba yake wakati wa ufunguzi wa siku ya kiswahili duniani Unguja, Zanzibar.

“Ongeza jitihada za kuimarisha lugha ya Kiswahili,” nchi za Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki zashauriwa

Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki, Arusha, Tanzania, 7th July, 2022: Maelfu ya wazungumzaji wa lugha ya Kiswahili toka Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki wamewaomba wakuu wa nchi za Jumuiya, kuongeza jitihada za kuiimarisha lugha ya Kiswahili na kubuni mbinu bora za kukuza na kuiendeleza lugha hii. 

Wito huo ulikaribishwa na Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi, Zanzibar, Mhe. Dkt Hussein Ali Mwinyi, aliyekuwa mgeni wa rasmi katika hafla ya  kuadhimisha Siku ya Lugha ya Kiswahili Duniani, iliyofika kilele chake  leo, tarehe 7 Julai, 2022, Zanzibar. 

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EASTECO concludes online enterpreneurship skills training for creativity and job creation

East African Science and Technology Commission, 07th July, 2022: The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) organized a five-day virtual training workshop “Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Creativity and Job Creation” targeting university students in East Africa.

The training was conducted virtually using the EASTECO customized FLOOR platform from Monday, 27th June to Friday, 1st July, 2022.

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Naibu Katibu Mkuu  wa Wizara ya  Habari, Vijana, Utamaduni na Michezo, Zanzibar, Mhe. Hamis Said akitoa hotuba yake.

Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki yaanza maadhimisho ya Siku ya Lugha ya Kiswahili Duniani

Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki, Arusha, Tanzania, 6th July 2022: Mamia ya wazungumzaji wa lugha ya Kiswahili kutoka bara zima la Afrika wamekusanyika Zanzibar, katika hafla ya kuadhimisha Siku ya Lugha ya Kiswahili Duniani, iliyopangwa kufanyika tarehe 7 Julai 2022.  Hafla ya maadhimisho haya hii imewaleta pamoja wahimizaji wa utumizi wa lugha ya Kiswahili kutoka nchi mbalimbali za Afrika Mashariki wakiwemo walimu na wanafunzi na wanahabari. Maadhimisho yamendaliwa na Kamisheni ya Kiswahili ya Afrika Mashariki (East Africa Kiswahili Commission) , taasisi iliyo chini ya Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki (East African Community). 

Maadhimisho ya lugha ya kiswahili yenye Kauli Mbiu: Kiswahili kwa Amani, Ustawi na Utangamano wa Kikanda yanatokana na uamuzi wa Kikao cha 41 cha Shirika la Umoja wa Kimataifa la Elimu, Sayansi na Utamaduni (UNESCO) uliofanyika tarehe 5 Novemba 2021. Uamuzi huo umeipa lugha ya Kiswahili kipaumbele kwa kuridhia maombi ya kuwa na Siku ya Kiswahili Duniani. Kutokana na uamuzi huo Siku ya Kiswahili Duniani itaadhimisha 7 Julai kila mwaka. 

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East African Countries adopt Regional TVET Qualifications Framework

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 27th May 2022 – Countries in Eastern Africa including Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania have begun cooperation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) after adopting the Regional TVET Qualifications Framework.  

In a communique issued at the end of the meeting by Hon. Dr. Bekir Shale, the State Minister, Ministry of Labour & Skills, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Dr. Margaret Mwakima, the Principal Secretary State Department of Vocational and Technical Training, Ministry of Education, Republic of Kenya; Prof. Eliamani M. Sedoyeka, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, United Republic of Tanzania, the three countries re-affirmed their “commitment to foster regional integration by adopting the Regional TVET Qualifications Framework and Tanzania and 44 related regional occupational standards developed under EASTRIP”. 

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EAC Sectoral Council on Education, Science and Technology, Culture and Sports (SCESTCS) adopts roadmap for implementation of Kiswahili and French as Official Languages of the Community

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 26th April, 2022: The 17th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Education, Science and Technology, Culture and Sports (SCESTCS) has just been concluded in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.

The Sectoral Council considered matters of Education and Training; Culture and Sports; East African Kiswahili Commission (EAKC); the Inter- University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO).

In her opening remarks, the Chairperson of the meeting, Dr. Sarah Ruto, the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Kenya, commended the Secretariat for the achievements so far made in the Sector.

Dr. Ruto said that Education, Science and Technology were key to the region’s development, adding that there was still much more to be done especially in skilling the youths with the required skills and competencies.

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63 students benefit from the EAC Scholarship for Academic Year 2022/2023

Kampala, Uganda, 3rd March, 2022: The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is pleased to announce that 63 scholarships have been awarded to applicants from all the six (6) East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda). 

The call for the 3rd cohort attracted more than 1,450 applicants who went through a rigorous selection process involving pre-admission into the university and scholarship assessment. The eligibility to the scholarship included being a citizen of an EAC Partner State, being below thirty-five and a holder of a relevant bachelor’s degree at the level of at least upper second-class Honours or “distinction”. 

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Enrolment of students in Technical and Vocational Institutes in East Africa increases fourfold

Inter-University Council of East Africa, Mombasa, Kenya, 2nd February, 2022: Student enrolment in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges supported by the World Bank-funded East African Skills for Transformation Project (EASTRIP) has increased more than fourfold, according to the mid-term evaluation report of the project. 

The report undertaken to review the project performance at its mid-term, revealed that the total student enrolment in 16 Regional Flagship TVET Institutes (RFTIs) increased from 6,971 students at baseline to 30,776 students at mid-term, higher than the overall project target to enrol 20,000 students annually in both long-term and short-term training programmes. 

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The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the advancement of quality postgraduate studies and research. 

IUCEA and RUFORUM have collaborated on various higher education matters in the past, however, today’s MoU is a formalisation of the collaboration between the two institutions for the period of five years from 2021 to 2026.  One flagship initiative under this collaboration will be the implementation of the Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Additional Financing (ACEII-AF) project. ACEII-AF will strengthen agricultural higher education in project participating countries.

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