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HESLB Building | Plot No. 8, Block No. 46, | Sam Nujoma Road, Mwenge

AAHEFA 2nd International Conference in Lusaka, Zambia: 30th September – 2nd October 2019

Conference Overview

The Second International Conference on Reinventing Higher Education for In-demand skills is a dynamic international conference aimed at gathering ideas and charting way forward for improving Higher Education Financing in the African continent. The dynamic nature of education today calls for redefining the relatable goals of acquiring Higher Education. The pertinent question is; Do we fund higher education based on in -demand skills obtained from training need assessment (TNA) carried out by our universities or arbitrarily fund all programs as we have always done?

Nevertheless, the fact remains that Higher Education is prized for its capacity to provide its beneficiaries with jobs and professional careers. Thus, employability is at the heart of the value proposition of university education; it is its most compelling promise and unforgiving performance indicator. The evidence across Africa, indeed in many parts of the world, is quite troubling as mismatches persist, and in some cases appear to be growing, between the quality of graduates and the needs of the economy. This often results in graduate underemployment and unemployment.

Non-consideration of In-demand skills when financing Higher Education in African context more often result to The Employability Challenge. There are two powerful mega trends that will determine Africa’s development trajectory in the 21st century; the first is the continent’s youth Protuberance, and the second, the changing nature of work. Employability is the nexus between the two, the thread that will weave or unravel the fabric of the continent’s future, enabling it to achieve or abort the enduring historic and humanistic project for development, democracy, and self-determination.

The market trends are quite evolving. Of particular interest is the gig economy such as blockchain, crypto currency and robotics should be a source of Higher Education Financing option for the continent, as the world is becoming more tech- savvy by the day. The 4th Industrial Revolution has disrupted the current economic trends as they are changing the way we live and work. The concept machine learning and artificial intelligence will completely revolutionize the definition of work.

As we all know, Africa’s youth population is exploding. This promises to propel the continent either towards a demographic dividend of hosting the world’s largest and most dynamic labour force or the demographic disaster of rampant insecurity and instability fuelled by hordes of ill-educated and unemployable youths.

Employability requires technical skills, job-specific and generic cognitive attributes, but also a range of other qualities including communication, empathy, intercultural awareness and so forth. Such a perspective guards against a reductive ‘skills gap’ diagnosis of the problems of graduate unemployment.

” The challenge for Higher Institutions of Learning and financing agencies then is the extent to which they are providing an education that is holistic, one that provides subject and technical knowledge, experiential learning opportunities, liberal arts competencies, and, soft and lifelong learning skills.”

The conference will bring together all the stakeholders, traversing policy makers across Africa, professionals, educational administrators and Fund Managers from various international universities, government departments of education, banking sector, telecommunication sector, entrepreneurs, IT sector, international organizations, and representatives of students from within Africa and beyond.

The conference intends to discuss the best practice and criterion of financing higher education based on demand driven approach such that programs with higher demand in the economies are given priority. Higher education in Africa and in deed the whole world therefore plays a pivotal role in labour capital, innovations and new technologies that lead to growth and development of African countries.


The objectives of this conference are as follows

  • Seeks to deliberate on exploration of training need assessment (TNA) carried out by the universities and develop a road of using them as basis for funding higher education;
  • Bring together the key stakeholders in the education sector and share the best practice of implementing in-demand skills approach;
  • Come up with policies that will anchor funding and in-demand skills;
  • Collectively work towards their respective countries’ objectives and improvement of higher education funding;
  • Understand the contribution of science to development in this era of the 4th industrial revolution and the gig economy.
  • Discuss innovative ways to strengthen partnerships, collaborations and strategic alliances in addressing challenges facing higher education in- demand financing; and;
  • Alternatives in Higher Education Financing through Asset backed securities

Conference Expected Outcome

  • By the of the conference participants will be able to:
  • Come up with contemporary policies of in-demand skills approach to funding higher education;
  • Develop more elaborate and sustainable solutions to in-demand skills in order to underscore unemployment and underemployment
  • Review the experience, expertise and mechanisms of reinvention of higher education for in-demand skills

Target Audience

  • Policy makers
  • University Vice Chancellors, Presidents, and, Heads of African Universities and Research Institutions
  • Ministers for Higher Education of respective countries
  • The Banking Sector
  • Higher Education Representatives from EAC, AU, SADC, UNESCO, IUCEA, DFID, IMF and World Bank
  • Deans and Heads of Departments of Higher Learning Institutions
  • Senior staff members of the Ministry of Finance
  • CEOs of Higher Education Financing Agencies, Departmental heads and staff of Student Loan Boards
  • The Private Sector
  • Bursary officers/ Administrators
  • Chair of Parliamentary Committees and Members of African Parliaments matters Education
  • Permanent Secretaries of Ministry of Higher Education
  • Development Partners

Topics that will be addressed during the conference include

  • Education as a unifying factor in Africa– Rethinking Higher Education Financing in a diverse world and exploring trends, strategies, and best practices.
  • Skills Driven Revolution for transformed economies- Emergence of new technologies and ground-breaking ideas currently shaping the global economy.
  • Charting a Sustainable path in Higher Education Financing through Legislation –Examining the inconsistencies in political decisions and practical issues.
  • 4th Industrial Revolution Disruption to the Labor Market -The Exponential Future of Work
  • Google Educations approach to Creating opportunities for more students to learn computer science.
  • Discussing Tech Job Creation – Answering the Technology Call.
  • International Development Association (IDA) credit and grant to increase access to and quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutes.
  • East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP).
  • The Gig Economy: Expounding opportunities for the Computer Science Students through Higher Education Financing.
  • The Employability Agenda – Flexibility in a Changing World: Skills that match needs of the labor markets.
  • The e-Economy Solution to un-employability: Answering the Technology Call.
  • Enhanced partnerships in Higher Education Financing – Meeting real-world demands of the 21st
  • Enhanced partnerships in Higher Education Financing – Meeting real-world demands of the 21st
  • Development in Students Funding space in South Africa – Is NSFAS ready for AAHEFA 2020 in Cape Town

Target Audience

  • Policy makers
  • Parliamentarians
  • University Vice Chancellors, Presidents, Rectos and Heads of African Universities and Research Institutions
  • Ministers for Higher Education of respective countries
  • The Banking Sector
  • Telecommunication Sector
  • Higher Education Desk Representative EAC, AU, SADC, UNESCO, IUCEA, DFID
  • Deans and Heads of Departments of HLIs
  • Senior staff members of the Ministry of Finance
  • CEOs of Higher Education Financing Agencies, Departmental heads and staff of Student loan Boards
  • Senior staff of Ministry of Finance
  • The Private Sector
  • Bursary officers/ Administrators
  • Chair of Parliamentary Committees on Higher Education
  • Permanent Secretaries of Ministry of Higher Education
  • Development Partners
  • Members of African Parliaments responsible for Higher Education

Conference Attendance Costs

The charges for “Re- Inventing Higher Education Financing for In-demand Skills conference shall cover conference materials, meals, certificate of participation, conference presenters and venue. Registration fees, to be paid in US Dollars, include access to all plenary and parallel sessions, networking coffees and lunches, as well as the conference dinner.

Early Bird Registration booked and paid before 30th August 2019

  • All: USD 1,000
  • Students: USD 600

Normal Registration Booking and Payments received after 15th September 2019

  • All: USD 1,200
  • Students: USD 800

On-site Registration

  • All: USD 1500
  • Students: USD 1000

All payments should be made to:

Bank Name: KENYA COMMERCIAL BANK (T) LIMITED,
Account Name: AAHEFA,
Account No: 3300148146,
Account Type: Dollar Account,
Swift/BIC Code: KCBLTZTZ


Conference Timetable


Sponsorship Opportunities and additional information

The conference will draw participants from over 40 higher education financing agencies in Africa, Bursars and Vice chancellors of higher learning Institutions, private and public sector presenting a rare chance for exhibitors and sponsors. Those interested in sponsoring the event can reach us through; zmaduhu@aahefa.org

Further requests for this can be directed to us via telephone calls on +255 714 809975 or via email to info@aahefa.org

Online Booking: To secure your booking, please fill in the form below
Early bird booking comes to an end on 15th September 2019.

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Cancellation and Postponement Policy

All cancellations or post ponements must be confirmed in writing and emailed to registration@aahefa.org. Cancellation 10 to 5 business days prior to the event will attract 30% cancellation fee. Cancellation received less than 5 business days prior to the event will result in a 50% cancellation fees. 30% interest will be levied on any outstanding invoices more than one month. You are however welcomed to substitute your attendance with an appropriate qualified colleague.

General Notes

In the event of unforeseen circumstances AAHEFA reserves the right to change the speakers, the venue and dates. Delegates will be notified of changes or cancellation of events not later than 5 business days prior to the event and all paid up invoices will be fully refunded in a case of cancellation or credited to another event within 6 months.

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