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  • Members of the Staff and Students Mobility Committee of IUCEA after their meeting that took place on 17th March 2016 at the IUCEA Secretariat
  • Dr. Helmut Blumbach and Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje exchanging documents after signing the Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration in the next five years.
  • Representatives from Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, University of Rwanda and Swedish Partner Universities on a visit to IUCEA to discuss collaboration within the area of mathematics and statistics in East Africa.
Eastern and Souther Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project

The Regional Steering Committee Meeting

The 6th Meeting of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) was held on October 27, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss how to fast track meeting of effectiveness conditions and move into the implementation phase. The RSC provides overall guidance and oversight to the project and ensures that the ACEs achieve their development objectives.

The mandate of the RSC is to review the overall project results and progress achieved at the regional level, and take actions to improve the benefits from the project to the region. The RSC is also responsible for advocating for regional collaboration in higher education, and acting as a liaison between the program and regional leadership, as well as with the public at large.

The RSC is comprised of representatives from the Government/Ministry of Education or Higher Education of each participating Africa Center of Excellence host country, and representatives from academia as well as from the private sector and regional bodies.

At its 6th meeting, the RSC expressed the need for RFU to maintain collaboration between ACE I and ACE II for continued experience sharing.

Members urged the IUCEA to develop the capacity to address regional accreditation and observed that accreditation was one of the areas in which AAU and IUCEA, as RFUs, could work together and learn from one another.


On revenue generation, the RSC noted that there was limited focus on private sector engagement through which money could be generated and noted that centers need to be more creative in mobilizing external funds.  Other initiatives to be considered could include PASET, DAAD, Master Card and USAID. It was noted that India, China and Korea were looking to establish collaboration with ACEs.

The RSC adopted the Project Operational Manual, the RFU Implementation Plan, and the Communication Strategy.

|Source ACE II Website

Technical & Advisory Meeting for Leaders of Africa Centers of Excellence: A Recap

Kampala (December 14, 2016) - The Technical and Advisory meeting for Leaders of Africa Centers of Excellence was held from October 24 - 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.The meeting (see program)  was an opportunity for the 24 Africa Centers of Excellence (ACEs) participating in the Eastern and Southern Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE II) Project to engage in an open dialogue with peers, experts and Regional Steering Committee (RSC) members on development... Read more

Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje calls for universities to take a further step from publications to development of innovative products and policies

DAAD and IUCEA signed a Memorandum of Understanding for further collaboration in the next five years.

Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje, IUCEA Executive Secretary awarding a certificate of participation to one of the EAQAN Forum and training  Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) Kampala, Uganda, May 24th2016:The Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa, Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje calls for universities to take a further step from publications to development of innovative products and policies. 

Prof Alexandre was addressing a High Level Dialogue Meeting of Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Vice-Chancellorsand Heads of Commissions/Councils for Higher Education and members of East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Network (EAQAN). The meeting was the culmination of the EAQAN Forum which kicked off on Monday 16th May, 2016, followed by EAQAN General Assembly on 18th May. Both events took place at the Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda.

The conference and the meeting was also attended by participants from Ghana, Ivory Coast and Somalia to learn from East African countries on the development of quality assurance systems in universities.


NEWS RELEASE President Museveni Urges Universities to Invest in Science and Support Research,

Saying it is very vital for prosperity, for security, for health, for environment and for quality of life

Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), East African Business Council (EABC) and the East African Development Bank (EADB) under the auspices of the East African Community EAC) held  the Academia-Public-Private-Partnership Forum and Exhibition 2015, on 22nd – 23rd October,  2015, in Entebbe, Uganda at Imperial Golf View Hotel. The theme of the forum was “Developing the Ideal Graduate through Academia-Public-Private Partnership”.

The Forum was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was represented by Prof Tickdori Togba, Minister of State in Charge of Higher Education, Republic of Uganda.  


Prof. Alexandre Lyababaje New IUCEA Executive Secretary

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.


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