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East African higher Education Quality Assurance Network Forum currently underway in Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura, Burundi, 8th September, 2023: The 12th Annual East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Forum (EAQAN) is currently underway in Bujumbura, Burundi under the theme: “Nurturing Emerging Trends in Higher Education through quality Assurance”.  

The Forum, which kicked off on 5th September, 2023, provides an opportunity to higher education professionals, experts and other stakeholders in East African Community to reflect on the place of quality assurance in nurturing emerging trends in higher education not only in the region, but the continent and beyond. 

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35 selected from EAC Partner States for IUCEA-Kyundong University South Korea Scholarship for academic year 2023/2024

Kampala, Uganda, 25th July 2023 - The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is pleased to announce that thirty-five (35) scholarships have been awarded to applicants from the six (6) East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania & Uganda). 

The call for the 4th cohort attracted a total of 975 applications both in soft and hard copies. The applications originated from the 7 Partner States of the EAC. The applicants were subjected to a rigorous selection process involving pre-admission into the university and scholarship assessment. This was followed by oral interviews conducted virtually by Kyundong University South Korea.

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IUCEA begins Phase II construction of multi-million-dollar headquarters funded by EAC Partner States

Kampala, 20thJuly, 2023:The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the second phase of its Headquarters in Kampala. The project worth over USD8.4 million is expected to be completed within 18 months.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony held at IUCEA Headquarters in Kampala, the Chief Guest, the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community (EAC) Affairs, Republic of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, reiterated the commitment of EAC Partner States to support IUCEA to deliver its mandate including operationalisation of EAC Common Higher Education Area.

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Kiswahili language critical for forging a sense of unity in East Africa

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 7th July, 2023: The Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, has underscored the importance of the Kiswahili language in forging a sense of East Africanness and unity on the journey towards an integrated East Africa.

Rt. Hon. Nabbanja said that the East African region was highly diverse ethnically and linguistically citing 56 tribes in Uganda, 42 in Kenya and more than 120 Tanzania, adding that Kiswahili would come in handy in forging a common sense of identity for all East Africans.

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Develop Kiswahili and other African languages to make them globally competitive

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 6th July, 2023: Africans have been called upon to develop Kiswahili and other African languages to make them globally competitive.

Delivering the keynote address during the official opening session of the 2nd EAC World Kiswahili Language Day celebrations in Kampala, Uganda, Kiswahili language scholar and University of Dar es Salaam academic Prof. Fikeni E. M. K. Senkoro further said that languages have become commodities on the global stage.

Prof. Senkoro said that there is an urgent need to develop Kiswahili and other languages to make them marketable in people’s daily lives and business transactions.

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Ugandans urged to learn and speak Kiswahili

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 5th July, 2023: Ugandans have been called upon to learn and Kiswahili as part of efforts to promote regional integration and economic growth in East Africa.

Making the call, Uganda’s 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community (EAC) Affairs, Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, was a widely spoken language that could be utilised to unite not just East Africa but the entire African continent, adding that Ugandans should therefore embrace it as an African language.

Hon. Kadaga said that Kiswahili had earned a bad reputation partly because it was used in pre-colonial times by slave traders from the East African Coast.   

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Universities urged to embrace Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in teachning and learning

Kigali, 27th June 2023, The 14th IUCEA Annual Meeting & Conference has emphasised the need for universities to embrace new technologies to enhance teaching and learning.  The conference convened to discuss the Future of Higher Education in the Age of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence explored the potential of data-driven decision making and AI in higher education while addressing the challenges and opportunities they present.

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EAC develops strategic plans to integrate the education sector in the region

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 25th April, 2023: The East African Community (EAC) has developed and adopted seven strategic education plans as part of efforts to facilitate the quick integration of the education sector in East Africa.

EAC Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, stated that the strategic plans are at the basic and tertiary levels of education, namely: Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary, Teacher Education, TVET, Continuing and Non-Formal Education, and Special Needs Education.

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