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UNU Seminar on Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa


Date: Friday, 14 October, 2011

Time: 09:30-17:30

Location: Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU Headquarters

Organizers: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT), UNU-ISP

Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan

Contact: Emmanuel Mutisya, UNU-ISP:

The International Symposium on the “Role of Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa” to be held at UNU Headquarters on 13 October and this UNU Seminar with a similar title of “Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa,” together form an international forum for reporting and sharing the results of UNU’s 3-year project on Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) as well as discussing the way forward.

The purpose of this UNU Seminar is to examine collectively and in greater detail the substantive contents of the graduate education programmes developed by the ESDA Project. The seminar starts by juxtaposing the university leadership’s view of graduate education for sustainable development in Africa and those of African students undergoing or having undergone such education. It then takes up various approaches and issues for organizing higher education for sustainable development in Africa, and then concludes with an examination of different conceptions of international cooperation in this area. The topics and ideas covered in their entirety highlight the uniqueness of the intellectual output generated by the ESDA Project.

This seminar may best be characterized as an academic exercise surrounding higher education for sustainable development in Africa, designed especially for researchers, teaching faculty and students. It will be conducted in English with no translation.


Online registration is now closed. However, on-site registration will be available at the registration desk. Please bring a printout of your registration email confirmation or your photo ID. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.


09:30-09:40 Welcome Remarks

Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector, UNU

Opening Statement

MEXT representative

09:40-10:00 Sustainable Development Challenge for African Universities: A Vice Chancellor’s View

Prof. George Magoha, Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi

10:00-11:00 Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa: Student Perspectives

Ms. Lesley Sibanda, University of Cape Town, South Africa Ms. Doreen Misanya, Kyambogo University, Uganda
Mr. Emmanuel Mutisya, University of Tokyo
Moderator: Dr. Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira, UNU-IAS

11:00-11:15 Break
African Approaches to Higher Education for Sustainable Development
11:15-12:45 Evolving approaches to higher education in Africa: Recent examples from Ghana

Prof. Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic, University for Development Studies and Prof. Robert Abaidoo, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Approaches to Education in Sustainable Development in Africa-Impact of Mining

Dr Jewette H. Masinja and Prof Stephen Simukanga, University of Zambia

Innovative Approach in Education for Sustainable Development to Solve Problems of Urban Development in Africa

Prof. David Mungai, University of Nairobi

Discussant 1: Dr. Kyuro Sasaki, Kyushu University
Discussant 2: Ms. Keiko Takei, African Development Bank
Discussant 3: Dr. Yuto Kitamura, Sophia University
Moderator: Dr. Obilijifor Aginam, UNU-ISP

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
Critical Issues for Sustainable Development in Africa
14:00-15:30 Socio-cultural issues for sustainable development in Africa

Prof. Janice Olawoye, University of Ibadan and Dr. Charlotte Wrigley- Asante, University of Ghana

Contribution of the minerals industry to sustainable development in South Africa

Dr. J-P Franzidis and Dr. Jenny Broadhurst, University of Cape Town

The Role of Systems Thinking in Sustainable Urban Development in Kenya

Dr. Fuchaka Waswa, Kenyatta University

Growing Disparity in Regional Food Security: Constraint to Sustainable Development in Ghana

Dr. Effah Antwi, University of Tokyo

Discussant 1: Dr. Aldo Stroebel, University of Free State
Discussant 2: Dr. Yoshiaki Nishikawa, Nagoya University
Discussant 3: Dr. Yoko Mochizuki, UNESCO
Moderator: Dr. Francis Petersen, University of Cape Town

15:30-15:45 Break
International Cooperation in Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa
15:45-17:15 Critical needs of African Universities: A shared African-Japanese perspective

Prof. Edwin Gyasi, University of Ghana and Ms. Yasuko Kusakari, UNU- INRA

Africa’s mining sector development: An industry perspective

Prof. Francis Petersen, University of Cape Town and Mr. Stephen Bullock, Anglo-American Corporation

Collaborative learning in online, higher education

Dr. Sven Aake Bjorke, University of Agder

Higher Education for Sustainability in a Globalizing World: Opportunities and Challenges for Japan-Africa Collaboration”

Dr. Masaru Yarime, University of Tokyo

Discussant 1: Dr. John Rune Tomas Gustavsson, Karlstad University
Discussant 2: Prof. Kazuo Kitahara, Tokyo University of Science
Discussant 3: Prof. Osamu Koike, Yokohama National University
Moderator: Prof. Steven Simukanga, University of Zambia

15:45-17:15 Closing Remarks