The SUEUAA (Strengthening the Urban Engagement of Universities in Africa and Asia) project held its final partner meeting on 8-9 May, 2019 at the University of Zimbabwe, to discuss final outputs and reports for the project. Partners were also given a tour of the facilities at the University of Zimbabwe and met with a number of academics including the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr Oswell Hapanyengwi.
Lunch provided a useful network opportunity to share ideas and areas of common interest with a view to continuing the collaborations that have developed over the course of the project.
Later in the afternoon we were lucky to be able to meet with Eng. Hosiah Chisango, Town Clerk of City of Harare at the Town House who very generously gave us time in his very busy schedule to be introduced to the SUEUAA team and he was presented with a small gift from the University of Glasgow
The following day, the two day Symposium and Workshop began, hosted by the Cresta Lodge Hotel in Harare. Delegates and partners, representing 8 countries (Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Philippines, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe) enjoyed wide ranging presentations, plenary discussions and capacity building sessions.
The event was introduced by SUEUAA partner and our host in Zimbabwe Prof Charles Nherera and the Conference was officially opened by Prof Paul Mapfumo, Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe. There then followed two days of plenaries, keynotes, presentations and a Capacity Building Workshop before Prof Mike Osborne delivered Next Steps and Concluding Remarks to close the Symposium. The Symposium was well reported in the local media with Professor Nherera, Professor Osborne and Professor Cotton, VC of the University of Rwanda appearing on ZBC TV News (see below), Radio Station and in the Herald newspaper.
A comprehensive version of this report appears on the SUEUAA website...