The new Executive Secretary, Professor Alexandre Lyambabaje assumed duty on 6th November 2015 to lead the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) for the next five years.
This follows the end of tenure of Prof. Mayunga H. H. Nkunya who led the institution since 2010. Prof. Lyambabaje brings vast experience from Rwanda where he has worked in several Ministries including the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism Industry, Investments Promotion and Cooperatives as Cabinet Minister. Prof. Lyambabaje also supervised the formulation of policies for the Ministry in particular Rwanda Tourism Policy; contributed to regional integration process through active participation to regional ministerial meetings including East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) meetings. He participated in bilateral and multilateral negotiations, African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) with United States of America, Word Trade Organisation meetings, the United Nations Conference and Trade Development (UNCTAD) meetings…) and contributed to the promotion of Rwanda agriculture products including artisan products inside and outside the country.
As a Secretary General (Permanent Secretary) Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda which was in charge of formal (Primary, secondary, and tertiary education) and informal (adult literacy) Prof. Lyambabaje coordinated the formulation and review of Rwanda education policies, managed human and financial resources of the Ministry and mobilised funds for the implementation of the Ministry’s strategic Plan. He monitored the activities in relation with the rebuilt of education system in Rwanda in the post-genocide period.
During the handover ceremony which took place on 5th November 2015 at IUCEA Boardroom, Prof. Lyambabaje told the IUCEA staff that he considered his appointment to IUCEA as an opportunity to take IUCEA to another level putting an emphasis on reforming research and knowledge to contribute to the living of the East African citizens.
The outgoing Prof. Mayunga Nkunya told the staff that he is leaving the institution which he is proud of especially for its remarkable achievements in establishing systems that will lead IUCEA into making the East African region a Common Higher Education Area. He promised to continue being an IUCEA Ambassador.
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