A three-day international scientific conference opened in Kigali Wednesday expected to help inspire development-oriented research at universities and colleges across Africa and the world.

At the conference researchers, educators, practitioners in different professions, innovators, industrialists, students and other stakeholders will interactively share their research findings, experiences, and come up with new strategies of resolving challenges facing the research and education sector as well as the society.

Through this conference it is hoped that new collaborations will be established for enhanced synergies that will lead to increased impactful outputs, according to organizers.

It is held under the theme “Rebranding Research for Sustainable Development.”

It drew about 500 participants from Rwanda and beyond.

Organized by the University of Rwanda (UR), the conference is seen as one of the ways to create an amiable environment for the researchers and academics to get together to freely share their strengths, weaknesses, fears and concerns together with the private sector and other public entities.

The university acknowledges that to effectively and sustainably tackle the existing socio-economic development challenges, the science, engineering, socio-science and humanities experts need to jointly work towards finding the solutions.

Speaking at the opening, the vice-chancellor of UR Phillip Cotton urged participants to use the event to share their experiences.

Through the conference activities, for the first time the university will showcase to Rwanda and the world how far it has come, where it is and its aspirations with regard to research. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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