The 2nd CARTA Vice Chancellors’ Meeting
The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) 2nd Vice Chancellors’ meeting is scheduled for July 10-11, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting will be hosted by the University of Nairobi and will bring together Vice Chancellors from CARTA’s African partner universities, heads of CARTA’s partner research institutions as well as representatives from CARTA’s Northern partner institutions. Selected funders, representatives from Ministry of Higher Education and the Commission for University Education (CUE) will also participate in the two-day meeting.
Since 2008, CARTA has been pursuing the goal of re-launching African universities as central actors in the production of rigorous high-quality research for Africa’s development. The African-led nature of CARTA and its focus on sustainable, measurable changes in research capacity and output are in tandem with the current emphasis on home grown and intellectually sound solutions to the problem of sustainable capacity for research for health and development in Africa.
The meeting will adopt an interactive approach coupled with targeted presentations from CARTA Co-directors and invited experts in higher education and research capacity building. The meeting will among other issues advocate for the creation of post-doctoral positions at African universities and seek to raise the profile of research in higher education to secure a research track for university staff. The meeting will also deliberate on how to institutionalize improvements in doctoral training at Africa universities and more specifically on the role of universities, African governments, and donors, in improving the funding landscape for research and doctoral training in Africa.
The Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi Prof. Peter Mbithi lauded the decision by CARTA to allow the University to host this high powered meeting and reiterated his commitment to continue to work with CARTA’s Co-director Prof. Alex Ezeh in developing a critical mass of researchers working in research-supportive environments to improve public and population health in Africa.
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