Academic leaders discuss quality of university lecturers

Close to 100 academic experts are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, to discuss how they can increase the number of qualified senior university lecturers to meet demands from ever-expanding postgraduate and mentorship programmes, writes Gashegu Muramira for The New Times.

The three-day regional meeting, officiated over by Rwanda Education Minister Dr Eugene Mutimura, has attracted deans and directors of graduate schools from private and public universities in East Africa. “There is no curriculum on how to supervise or teach at postgraduate level. The future of the quality of higher education in the region depends on the current quality of postgraduate studies,” said Professor Mike Kuria, deputy executive secretary, Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA). “This relies on the number of qualified postgraduate teachers and supervisors. This workshop tries to fill that critical gap.”

The training is organised by regional education organisations that include the IUCEA, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the African Population and Health Research Center – through its flagship programme, the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa.
Full report on The New Times site