INES Ruhengeri hosts a three days International Conference on Civil Engineering Education

From Monday 1-3 November 2021, Institute of Applied Sciences (INES Ruhengeri) is hosting an International Conference on Civil Engineering Education. The conference theme is:                        “Repositioning Civil Engineering Education for Sustainable Development”.

Rev.Fr Dr. Fabien Hagenimana, Vice Chancellor of INES Ruhengeri officially opening the conference
 (Photo/Jean Paul

The objective of the conference is to bring together a number of higher education institutions and industries in sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond, to discuss the latest research findings that contribute to the enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning in the field of civil engineering”, said the Rev.Fr Dr. Fabien Hagenimana, Vice Chancellor of INES Ruhengeri while was officially opening the conference.

In fact, the conference is expected to be a platform for researchers across the African continent, and beyond, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in civil engineering with the ultimate goal to reposition the education in this area, in line with the UN SDG 4 (Quality Education).  The conference is also expected to be an opportunity for researchers to build new partnerships for sustainable development, in line with the UN SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

Participants from various universities and industries attended the conference
(Photo/Jean Paul)

The conference was organized in partnership with the Higher Education Partnerships in sub-saharan Programme (HEPSSA) – a programme of the Royal Academy of Engineering in UK. Through the HEPSSA, INES-Ruhengeri is implementing a project entitled “Strengthening academia-industry linkage and research space in the area of civil engineering for food security in sub-Sharan Africa (SAICE-Africa).  The implementation of this project runs from September 2019 to January 2022, in collaboration with University of Aberdeen (UK), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Catholic University of Cameroon, University of Botswana, and a number of industries  across the African Continent, as partners.

Participants from above mentioned universities and industries plus students and lecturers from the Departments of Civil Engineering and Architecture of INES-RUHENGERI attended the conference physically while some others attended it virtually and shared the research findings as well as their experience in civil engineering.

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