6 – 7 November 2013,
University of Botswana.
Gaborone, Botswana
5th Conference of Vice Chancellors, Provosts and Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET 2013).  
The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI), has established  the Conference of Vice Chancellors, Provosts, Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET), as a biennial forum for university leaders responsible for Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) education to meet and dialogue on strategic and emerging issues in Science, Engineering and Technology Education.  

COVIDSET 2013 is the fifth in the series and it will provide the podium for Vice Chancellors, Deans, Heads of Department, Private sector and Development Partners in Africa and the Diaspora to exchange ideas and experiences, share good practices as well as sensitise university leaders on new and emerging trends in science, engineering and technology to enhance Africa’s global competitiveness and the impact of high-level training and research on Africa’s development.

Aim and Objectives
The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for university leaders, policy makers, academics, development partners, international scientific and engineering networks and private sector to deliberate on why, what and how to forge ahead in providing solutions to incipient challenges and opportunities the new wave of economic resurgence of Africa presents under the theme: Enhancing capacity in science, technology and engineering in response to emerging industrial and socio-economic needs of Africa.

The sub-themes are:

• Making education, science, technology and engineering training work for Africa’s sustainable development: the role of universities;
• Innovative use of science and engineering in: enhanced research infrastructure, climate change mitigation and adaptation; sustainable environmental and ocean management; access to water, efficient energy, food security and healthcare delivery; 
• Creating an effective synergy between science, engineering and innovation, youth employment, entrepreneurship development and inclusive growth; and
• Science technology and innovation policies for sustainable development of Africa.

The conference offers all agencies a unique opportunity to advertise their programmes to policy makers and university leaders responsible for science and technology and Higher education in Africa.

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