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On Thursday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. UCT the livestreamed Forum “Higher Education for Science, Technology and Innovation: Accelerating Africa’s Aspirations” will broadcast live at: www.livestream.com/worldbankafrica

In collaboration with the World Bank, H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, will host this high-level event that will bring together ministers of education and higher education, and experts from academia and the private sector. It will highlight the critical role that science, technology, and innovation can play in shaping Africa’s future in the 21st century, and draw attention to priorities and solutions as countries seek to upgrade their higher education systems.

High-quality university programs in Africa, particularly in areas such as the applied sciences, technology, and engineering, could dramatically increase the region’s competitiveness, productivity and growth, as well as enable economies to diversify away from today’s heavy reliance on natural resources extraction. Strategic reforms are needed to expand young people’s access to science-based education at both the country and the regional level, and to ensure that they graduate with cutting-edge knowledge that is relevant and meets the needs of the private sector.

Opportunities to take part:

  • Livestream: Tune into the livestream channel and post comments and questions in the chat bar: www.livestream.com/worldbankafrica (The online discussion will be hosted by World Bank education specialists)
  • Twitter:  Post comments and questions on Twitter using the #Science4Dev hashtag and following @WordBankAfrica for updates
  • Facebook:  Post comments and questions on Facebook using the #Science4Dev hashtag and like our Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/worldbankafrica
  • Google+:  Post comments and questions on Google+ and mention @WorldBank

Why is science and technology so critical now for #Africa? #Science4Dev Forum hosted by President @PaulKagame: Livestream

How can #Africa innovate to address higher education, science and technology? #Science4Dev Forum March 13 9am UCT: www.worldbank.org/africa/sci4dev

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