Africa Higher Education Research Institute (AHERI) has been conducting themed Conferences over the past three years, in 3rd November 2021, the Institute convened the third edition and second hybrid conference at the Best Western Hotel, Kisumu County, Kenya.

Institute Director – Robert Owino made introductory welcome remarks. Thereafter, he opened a high-level panel discussion on the conference theme: “Partnerships to support innovation in higher education.”

The AHERI 2021 conference was graced with 20 key presenters whose main focus was on the sub-themes: Building Financial Partnerships, Building Technical Partnerships, Building Research Partnerships and Building Government Partnerships. The presenters were experts drawn from academia, industry and both county and national government ministries and agencies.

The closing panel discussion focused on Case studies and Showcase of Innovations in Learning. This session included Prof. Dr. Josef Noll, who focused on the need for using internet access as an enabler to better education in rural communities and hence spur development. Mr. Bob Ochieng presented on navigating a “network of networks using Internet Providers (IP) addresses”, while Seraphine Kagali a representative from Safaricom PLC highlighted successful projects that Safaricom had initiated in the education sector. Dr. Jane Vivian, Chief Principal of Bishop Linus Okoth Girls discussed the benefits of  the ongoing DENT School Connectivity Project that was being implemented by AHERI and other stakeholders. She highlighted how connectivity made online learning easier, especially with the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) system.

There was a total of 160 participants who attended the conference, 100 in person and 60 virtual participants, including County Government of Kisumu, Deputy Governor Dr. Ochieng Owili, Prof. Dr. Josef Noll – Professor at the Department of Technology Systems, University of Oslo & Secretary-General of the Basic Internet Foundation (BIF), Prof. Chacha Nyaogotti-Chacha – Chairman, Commission for University Education (CUE), Rich Pitts- Senior Research Advocate for the European Region, Kadri Humal Ayal – Honorary Consul of Estonia in Kenya, Dr. Kevit Desai – Principal Secretary State Department of East African Community, Ministry of East Africa Community and Regional Development, Mr. Joel Karubiu CEO Kenya Network Information Center among other distinguished guests.

The AHERI Conference was held in collaboration with partners and sponsors who include; Kisumu County Government, Oracle Academy, Basic Internet Foundation (BIF), Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC), and DENT Wireless, Community Initiatives Support Services (CISS) and AHERINET.

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