Half day open symposium on innovation and inclusive development: the challenges and opportunities facing Rwanda and Africa in general

17th November 2015, University of Rwanda, Kigali


The African network for Research Training on Innovation and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics) is a network of scholars in Africa and beyond who are interested in innovation and development focused on Africa’s development. AfricaLics is part the world-wide research network, The Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics).

The University of Rwanda is known for its role in the development of Rwanda through advancement of relevant knowledge and is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence.

An Open Symposium on “Innovation and Inclusive Development in Rwanda” will take place on 17th November 2015. This event is co-organized by University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics (CBE) and the AfricaLics Secretariat and is open to the members of the public, government representatives, the private sector, the research community and students.

The objective of the Open Symposium is to allow the different communities of practice to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities facing Rwanda and Africa in general and how opportunities can be harnessed to promote innovation and inclusive development. Key note speakers have been invited to help the participants deliberate on this subject.

University of Rwanda will also show case the different programmes and activities being run by the University and the issues affecting its operating environment/country as a whole. The University will also demonstrate how different departments and activities are meeting a variety of innovation and development challenges faced by Rwanda.

Tentative Programme



Responsible person

8.30 - 9.00

Innovators exhibition

University of Rwanda

8:30 - 9.00

Arrival & registration

Conference Organising Committee

9:00 -10:45

Open symposium

Session 1: Opening of the AfricaLics Conference  

Chair: Prof. Nelson Ijumba. DVC, University of Rwanda

9:00 - 9:10

Welcome remarks

Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda

9:20 - 9:30

Welcome remarks - AfricaLics

Dr. Bitrina Diyamett, CEO, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO), Tanzania & Chair, AfricaLics Scientific Board

9:30 - 9:40

From Globelics to Regional -Lics

Prof. Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University & Secretary General Globelics

9:40 - 9:50

Remarks from Sida

Dr. Pernilla Rafiqui,

First Secretary, Senior Programme Manager, Research and higher Education, Embassy of Sweden

9:50 - 10:10

Official opening

Dr. Papias Musafiri, Minister of Education, Rwanda

10.10 -10:15

Vote of thanks

Prof. Verdiana Grace Masanja, Chair,   Conference Scientific Committee

10:15 - 10:45

Tea break & group photo – Plus exhibitions

10.45 - 13.15

Session 2 : Plenary presentations

Chair: Dr. Ignatius Gatare, The Director General of Science and Technology Commission

10:45 - 11:15

Innovation and Development: perspective from Europe

Prof. Per Eriksson, University of Lund, Sweden

11:15 - 11:30

The role of innovation in developing countries

Prof. Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University & Secretary General Globelics

11.30 -12.00

Overview of STI in Rwanda

Dr. Marie Christine Gasingirwa, Director General, Science, Technology and Research, Rwanda.

12:00 - 12:40

STI and development research in Africa: how does it look like in the future?

Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina, IERI, South Africa

12:40 - 13:15


Dr. Anna Kingiri, AfricaLics & ACTS, Kenya

13:15 -14:15

Lunch Break – Exhibitions

Session 3 : Special session/Expert panel (plenary)

14:15 - 15.45

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Africa’s Development

Convener/chair: Dr Nicholas Ozor- ATPS Network, Kenya.


  • Prof Benjamin Ozumba-Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria.
  • Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng, UNESCO, Zimbabwe
  • Dr. Marie-Christine Gasingirwa, Rwanda
  • Dr. Tomas Kjellqvist, Sweden

15.45 - 16.00

Tea Break & Exhibitions

16.00 - 17.30

Paper parallel session 1

See Conference programme

18.30 - 20.00

Conference Dinner at Nobleza Hotel, Kigali

Local Organising Committee

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