Position Vacancy

Project Coordinator: ARUA/UKRI Centres of Excellence Project

In October 2018, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) entered into an agreement that would see UKRI provide two sets of grants to support the work of ARUA Centres of Excellence. In this exciting partnership, ARUA and UKRI have agreed to work together to tackle a number of global development challenges, including poverty and inequality, climate change, food security and unemployment. The two institutions have a shared commitment to build the capacity of African institutions to generate knowledge around different thematic areas.

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Concept Note for 2019 International Conference

Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Defining a Role for Research Universities

Introduction

The world is being ushered into a new industrial future, which is set to change in a fundamental way, how people live daily. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will be fundamentally different from earlier industrial revolutions in its scope and complexity, as well as its scale. The rate, depth and breadth of the likely transformations promise to be breathtaking and disruptive to all industries everywhere, especially for their production systems, management as well as governance.  It is not clear how its future will look, but clues about  what will shape winners or losers are emerging. Clearly innovation is critical, but so also is the constant restating of shared values that safeguard our common humanity. One thing is certain; the future will be like nothing the world has seen before. To make the most of it will require coordinated effort of all stakeholders, including the public and private sectors, academia and industry, as well as civil society.

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ARUA Deputy Vice Chancellors (Research) Meet at Makerere University

A two-day meeting of ARUA Deputy Vice Chancellors has been held at Makerere University. The meeting took place on 4-5 September 2019, and was opened by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, who welcomed the participants and exhorted them to appreciate the values and goals of the network.

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Hotel Accommodation for Nairobi Conference in November

NAIROBI SAFARI CLUB* The ARUA Conference Partner Hotel

Contact: Florence +254 733 604 579

PACKAGE

ACCOMMODATION TYPE

RATE PER PERSON

WALKING DISTANCE

Bed & Breakfast

Single

80 USD (KES 8,240.00)

2 Minutes

LAICO REGENCY

Contact: Lydiah +254 (020) 2211199 / Lydia.chemweno@laicoregencyhotel.com

PACKAGE

ACCOMMODATION TYPE

RATE PER PERSON

WALKING DISTANCE

Bed & Breakfast

Single

110 USD (KES 11,330.00)

11 MINUTES

HILTON HOTEL

PACKAGE

ACCOMMODATION TYPE

RATE PER PERSON

WALKING DISTANCE

Bed & Breakfast

Single

130 USD (KES 13,390.00)

17 Minutes

NORFOLK FAIRMONT, NAIROBI

Contact: Elizabeth +254 (020) 2265000 / Elizabeth.kamuyu@fairmont.com

PACKAGE

ACCOMMODATION TYPE

RATE PER PERSON

WALKING DISTANCE

Bed & Breakfast

Single

150 USD (KES 15,450.00)

2 Minutes

SAROVA STANLEY

Contact: +254 709 111 111 / stanley@sarovahotels.com

PACKAGE

ACCOMMODATION TYPE

RATE PER PERSON

WALKING DISTANCE

Bed & Breakfast

Single

185 USD (KES 19,055.00)

15 Minutes

BOULEVARD HOTEL, NAIROBI

Contact: Edith +254 733 623 727 / +254 722 200 755

PACKAGE

ACCOMMODATION TYPE

RATE PER PERSON

WALKING DISTANCE

Bed & Breakfast

Single

KES 8,450.00

5 MINUTES

680 HOTEL

Contact: Stanley +254 737 680 680 / reservations680@centrim-hotels.com

PACKAGE

ACCOMMODATION TYPE

RATE PER PERSON

WALKING DISTANCE

Bed & Breakfast

Single

East Africans – KES 7,250.00

Non- East Africans – 120 USD (KES 12,360.00)

11 Minutes

*All rates are VAT inclusive

Quantum Leap for Africa-based Research

Dear VCs and DVCs,

It is with great pleasure that I share with you information about the on-going partnership between IBM and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) which has resulted in the expansion of the tech giant’s quantum computing efforts in Africa.

Wits University has become the first African partner on the IBM Q Network, and will be the gateway for researchers and academics from ARUA to gain access to IBM Q’s most-advanced quantum computing systems and software for teaching quantum information science and exploring early applications.

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First for Africa: Wits-IBM to expand quantum computing in Africa

Partnership will accelerate quantum research and drive educational opportunities in quantum computing with African Research Universities Alliance

Wits University is the first African partner on the IBM Quantum Computing (IBM Q) Network and will be the gateway for academics across South Africa and to the 15 universities who are part of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).

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Building capacity and driving research excellence together

African Research Universities Alliance and UK Research and Innovation working together to address the Sustainable Development Goals

In an exciting new international partnership, the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have joined-forces to use their collective knowledge, skills and regional expertise to tackle global challenges such as extreme poverty and disease, fragile states and displacement, gender inequalities and food insecurity.

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