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Eight Vice Chancellors of African universities have proposed three interlinked actions to revive higher education and the development of research-active universities in Africa. In an article, Repositioning Africa in global knowledge production, published in The Lancet on August 30, 2018, proposes: differentiation of the higher education system across the continent; new funding mechanisms for research-intensive universities; and new accountability systems for research-intensive universities. These three approaches aim to create the conditions that will enable African universities to produce knowledge and provide internationally competitive research training. Such investment and restructuring will allow, in particular, early career researchers to increase the amount of time they spend on research and allow academics to devote more time to research training. The history of how research training has evolved over time in Africa is discussed in the article but a significant part of the current problem is limited funding of universities

KIGALI, RWANDA---CARTA in partnership with the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will host a three-day workshop from April 23-25, 2018 at the Kigali Marriot Hotel on how to meet the capacity demands of the ever expanding postgraduate and mentorship programs in universities in the region.The meeting will have over 70 participants from the six East African Community (EAC) partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda). The first-of-its-kind workshop in the region intends to build the capacity for quality supervision of postgraduate studies.Rwanda’s Minister for Education Dr. Eugene Mutimura is expected to officiate the opening ceremony that will be attended by deans and directors of graduate schools from private and public universities in Eastern Africa.Follow @CARTAfrica for updates during the workshop.See below the Press Release:PRESS RELEASE_ IUCEA Workshop Kigali April 2018

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

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa has brought together key stakeholders and partners to conduct a review of some of its training curriculum. Drawn from CARTA management and staff, CARTA focal points at participating institutions, CARTA’s northern partners, CARTA’s facilitators and fellows, the participants are convening for a four-day meeting in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.[caption id="attachment_3572" align="alignnone" width="900"] Prof. Sharon Fonn demonstrates a process to Dr. Alex Ezeh at the curriculum review meeting[/caption] The curriculum under review during this meeting will be that for CARTA’s innovative Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes) and Faculty and Administrators Staff workshop. The review should yield refreshed curriculum that is administered by CARTA.[caption id="attachment_3571" align="alignnone" width="900"] A group session at the curriculum review[/caption]

CARTA fellows and graduates who are registered at the University of Witwatersrand met for a get together on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The fellows were joined by Prof. Sharon Fonn, CARTA co-director. "It is the normal job of the focal points to keep track of the fellows  and also set up a connection between different cohorts," said Prof. Fonn. This meeting presented an opportunity for senior fellows to share their experiences with the newer fellows and graduates. It also served as an important platform for the entire group of CARTA fellows to update each other on the status of their research, swop stories and socialise. "Thank you for a lovely and informative evening," said Nomfundo Moroe, Cohort 6 fellow. "It's always comforting to share our successes and challenges with people who understand the journey we are on."

African research teams in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda have been awarded significant support to conduct world-class health research and train the future generation of the continent’s scientists. The Wellcome Trust has committed a further £21 million to the DELTAS Africa initiative, which aims to improve health in Africa through research driven by the most urgent regional challenges. The four new research programmes will address a range of health needs, from emerging infectious diseases to neonatal health, population health and elimination of malaria. All four are committed to training the next generation of researchers through programmes that support women in science, create opportunities for masters, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates and provide mentorship. A team specialising in generating evidence about what strategies are effective for strengthening research in lower and middle-income countries will work alongside the DELTAS Africa initiative programmes. The Learning Research Programme