Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi
Commission Secretary & CEO
Commission for University Education
Theme: IMPACT OF DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY ON THE FUTURE OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION
That the world is constantly changing is now a truism. From Uber changing the way people use Taxis to Airbnb changing people’s hotel reservations, not to mention 3-D printing that isthreatening the future of manufacturing. In education, online course offerings have had its share of scaring universities and the future of traditional modes of learning and content delivery. At the centre of these changes is technology, the very tool that universities build, test and train users.
But humans have a tendency to want to stay within the known and tradition. Universities are particularly averse to rapid change due to their struggle to balance tradition with change. But it only takes a small trigger to send the world into forced change. The global phenomenon that has seen Coronavirus has done just that—forced everyone to change in unprecedented ways. Within a few weeks of the emergence of the virus, learning institutions have had to close. Institutions that had embraced the new world of technology have been able to maintain their learning through various online platforms. But what if the virus was attacking the very technology we have come to depend on so heavily? What if it affected our means of communication? How do we continue to do university education in this era of disruptions and constant change"?
The 3rd Biennial Conference organized by the Commission for University Education invites proposals from scholars, researchers and other educational practitioners to help answer these questions. Papers, posters, and roundtable discussions should focus on how university education in its broader sense is poised for and responding to disruptions taking place that do and will affect it variably.
Looking forward to fruitful engagement of our esteemed stakeholders.
The expected outcomes of the conference are:
Develop draft policy recommendations on leveraging disruptive technologies in enhancing
quality, relevance, access and student experience in university education;
Initiate and develop strategic partnerships and networks amongst policy makers, think tanks,
scholars, and key stakeholders in university education; and
Generate materials to be published as conference proceedings
Sub-Theme 1: Leveraging and adapting new technologies for enhanced student centered,teaching and learning outcomes.
Subtheme 3: Role of Disruptive Technologies in an Era of Reduced University Funding.
Subtheme 2: University Education in the Context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A section of Participants keenly follow proceedings at the Amphitheater.
Prior to opening:Education CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i plants a commemorative plaque at the Amphitheatre just ahead of the opening ceremony
Education CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i (left) with the Principal Secretary for Science and Technology Prof. Collette Suda , Commission Chairman Prof. Henry Thairu (2nd left), Commission Secretary Prof. David Some (2nd right) launches “ State of University Education in Kenya” publication at the Kenyatta University’s Amphitheatre during the opening of the Biennial conference.
CUE's Exhibition stand opened and set to receive visitors during the conference.