The University of Rwanda will organize a UR International Conference in August 2018. The overall theme of the Conference is Transformational Higher Education: Research, Learning, Teaching and Assessment for Sustainable Development.
Through organizing this Conference, UR aims to bring together academicians, scientists and researchers from over the world to come together and share innovative ideas, research findings and discuss about best practices with UR researchers in matters interesting the enhancement of teaching, learning and assessment in various disciplines supported by research. It will also allow representatives of the industry, employers, graduates and students to have an opportunity to discuss with experts on how to respond to their needs in terms of employability of graduates.
Conference Specific Objectives
The Conference pursues the following specific objectives:
- To provide a platform for discussion and exchange of new ideas on innovative learning, teaching and assessment in order to transform Higher Education based on research findings;
- To provide an environment to foster dialogue between local, regional, continental and international researchers;
- To provide an opportunity to young researchers and postgraduate students to disseminate their research findings;
- To provide to the industry and employers at large an opportunity to share views with the experts in research and teaching on the requirements of the job market in terms of graduate attributes;
- To provide an opportunity to graduates and students to discuss with researchers on how to foster employability of Higher Education young graduates.
Justification of the Conference Theme
One of the missions of the University of Rwanda is to deliver quality education and develop innovative teaching and research meant to address the problems of the population, the students, the nation, the region and the world. Therefore, with a population of 30,097 students enrolled in various disciplines from engineering, medicine and health sciences, agriculture and veterinary medicine to arts and humanities, economics, business studies and education, the theme of the Conference is in line with what the nation expects from researchers:
- What are the new development in terms of research-based learning and teaching?
- What are the current innovative methods and strategies that enhance learning, teaching and assessment supported by evidence from research findings?
- How the learning, teaching and assessment research oriented can finally transform Higher Education for sustainable development?
The International Conference will be an opportunity given to all Colleges to be at the forefront of innovative ideas in Research, Learning, Teaching and Assessment in their respective discipline. As it was the case last year, every College will be leading its own theme of interest. However, a particular attention will be made on thematic areas that reflect national development priorities such as quality education, online learning and learning for employability aligned to UN SDGs, Vision 2020 and EDPRS.
Conference Expected Output
The expected outputs from the Conference include:
- 100 original papers to be presented during the three days of the Conference;
- 10 posters representing a selection of relevant papers with strong empirical evidence;
- A participation in discussion and debates of 500 participants from at least 30 countries of Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania Continents;
- Publications of a selection of relevant peer reviewed papers with a strong empirical basis.
Conference Expected Outcomes
The expected outcomes of the Conference are as follows:
- A Conference Report summarizing key findings as well as major recommendations extracted from papers submitted and presented as well as keynote speeches;
- Conference proceedings in the form of a special issue focusing on articles of high relevance with a strong empirical evidence that will be published in the Rwanda Journal of Education and other related journals.