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IUCEA meeting held in Kampala, Uganda 2018
IUCEA Executive meeting held in Kampala, Uganda 2018

The Secretariat- IUCEA Secretariat is headed by an Executive Secretary deputised by Deputy Executive Secretaries the Divisions of Higher Education and Research Support Systems The current Secretariat staffing stands at 32 contract staff, 8 Project staff and 1 temporary staff.

IUCEA also collaborate with various organizations and initiatives in Africa, some of them supported by the AU and concerned with the state and development of higher education in Africa. The organizations include the African Union, the Association of African Universities, and the South African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN), CAMES, the African Quality Assurance Network (AfriQAN), the Western African Quality Assurance Network amongst others.  Some of these organizations will form key partners in achieving IUCEA strategic objectives.

IUCEA collaborate with development partners, especially the World Bank, Sida, DAAD, AfDB funding and/or technical support for some of IUCEA’s activities and projects
The Secretariat is the executive organ of the Council and operates under the Executive Secretary assisted by the Deputy Secretary. The other fully fledged Units are Academic Affairs, Accounts, Projects and Programmes, Human Resources and Administration, Corporate & Public Relations, Information Communication & Technology and Internal Systems Control. The Head Quarters of the Council is located in Kampala, Uganda.

The IUCEA plans are developed and implemented within the context of Article 5 and 102 of the EAC Treaty aiming at fostering cooperation in education and training towards the harmonisation of higher education systems. The need to undertake an institutional transformation of IUCEA led to the development of a ten-year Perspective Plan (2006-2015) that defined the mission, vision, core functions and guiding theme. The perspective plan was to be implemented through a cascading set of operational plans, including:

  1. The first Five-Year Rolling Strategic Plan (2006-2011), whose purpose was to transform IUCEA into an effective regional advocate and catalyst for the strategic development and management of higher education in East Africa. The renewed core functions of IUCEA included coordination of inter-university cooperation, facilitation of strategic development of member universities, and promotion of quality of higher education.
  2. The second Rolling Strategic Plan (2011-16) addressed the Community’s expectations of IUCEA to provide strategic directions that respond to the dynamics and development trends in higher education in the EAC Partner States and beyond. In order to carry out the above mandates six strategic objectives were identified, with a focus on fostering; quality, research, ICT, harmonization of curricula, institution strengthening, support to universities and exchange of staff and students.
  3. The third Strategic Plan 2016-21 was a product of extensive consultations and participatory process involving various stakeholders in formal consultations, staff retreats, validation meetings, and review by the 16th meeting of Planning, Finance & Human Resources Committee and finally, the 24th Meeting of the Executive Committee on June 29th, 2017 that approved the Strategic Plan. The development of the above strategic plan was in tandem with the EAC process to develop the 5th EAC Development Strategy 2016-21. In a workshop held to develop the 5th EAC Development Strategy, a submission of IUCEA performance under the 4th Development Strategy was done together with proposed Strategic Objectives under the 5th EAC development Strategy

As one of the institution of the EAC, IUCEA Strategic Plan is also informed by the 5th EAC Development Strategy 2016/17-2020/21 under development and in process of being finalised. The strategic objectives in this Strategic Plan are therefore aligned to the development strategies already identified for the draft EAC Development Strategy 2016/17-2020/21. Table below highlights the alignment between EAC development strategies with IUCEA strategic objectives 2016-2021

5th EAC STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES 2016-2021 IUCEA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2016-2021
S.D.O.3: Strengthening the Social Dimensions of the Regional Integration process to deliver quality, effective and efficient socio-economic services – with emphasis on enhancing Human Capital Development; gainful employment and decent work; health status; as well overall welfare of the people of East Africa. SO. 1. To enhance university contribution to regional innovation and competitiveness through improved research management and coordination within universities and collaborations with public, private and civil society partners.
SO. 2. To advocate for and foster the implementation of the EAC Common Higher Education Area.
SO.3. To transform IUCEA into a regional information hub for integrated higher education
S.D.O8: Accelerating the full implementation of the Common Market Protocol and of the Monetary Unio SO.4.To strengthen the capacity of universities to manage transformative higher education and research for sustainable development.
S.D.O.10: Developing and strengthening the capacity of all EAC Organs and Institutions to effectively execute their Mandates SO.5: To enhance IUCEA’s capacity to effectively fulfil its vision and mission
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