SomaliREN Annual Council Meetings 2022

Hall 1 (Park Inn Hotel)

Hall 1

Park Inn Hotel

Kigali, Rwanda
Abdirazak Mohamed Aden (Chairman, Board of Directors)

The theme of the Annual University Leaders Retreat is "Advancing research development in the Somali higher education and research institutions"



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    • 8:00 AM 12:30 PM
      Annual Board Meeting
    • 12:30 PM 1:45 PM
      Lunch break and prayers 1h 15m
    • 1:45 PM 5:45 PM
      Annual Council Meeting
      Convener: Mr Abdullahi Bihi Hussein (SomaliREN)
      • 1:45 PM
        Opening and remarks 10m
        Speaker: Prof. Abdirazak Mohamed Aden (Chairman, SomaliREN Board of Directors)
      • 1:55 PM
        Welcome statement 10m
      • 2:05 PM
        Goodwill statement 10m
        Speaker: Dr Yousef Torman (Managing Director, ASREN)
      • 2:15 PM
        Adoption of the agenda 10m
      • 2:25 PM
        Presentation of the annual report - managerial, technical 30m
      • 2:55 PM
        Presentation of the financial performance and position 20m
      • 3:15 PM
        Membership issues and welcome of new members 30m
      • 3:45 PM
        Tea break and project poster viewing session 30m
      • 4:15 PM
        Governance issues, elections and amendments 1h
      • 5:15 PM
        Review and proposal of initiatives 15m
      • 5:30 PM
        Adjournment of the annual council meeting 15m
    • 8:00 AM 8:10 AM
      Annual University Leaders Retreat: Opening and remarks
      Convener: Prof. Abdirizak Adam
      • 8:00 AM
        Welcome statement and introduction of the program 5m
      • 8:05 AM
        Opening remarks 5m
        Speaker: Prof. Abdirizak Adam (Chairperson, SomaliREN)
    • 8:00 AM 10:30 AM
      Annual University Leaders Retreat: Session I : Strategies for advancing research in the Somali higher education context
      • 8:00 AM
        The State of Research in the Somali Higher Education Institutions 2022 Report 20m
        Speaker: Abdullahi Bihi (SomaliREN)
      • 8:20 AM
        Research development in the Somali Universities: Challenges and remedies 20m
        Speaker: Prof. Mubarak Aar (President, Beder International Unviersity)
      • 8:40 AM
        A Proposal to strengthen research: SomaliREN Journal 10m
        Speaker: Abdirashid Hashi (HIPS)
      • 8:50 AM
        Presentation 3 - Developing research in our universities: strategies and lessons 20m
      • 9:10 AM
        Panel Discussion 50m
        1. What important indicators should our universities be focusing on to improve the state of research in our institutions?
        2. What strategies can we adopt to improve the status quo?
        3. How can we overcome the challenges facing research development in our institutions?
        Speaker: All
      • 10:00 AM
        Tea-break 30m
    • 10:30 AM 2:00 PM
      Annual University Leaders Retreat: Session II: Mobilizing and managing funding for research development
      • 10:30 AM
        Presentation 4 - Prioritizing research funding within our own institutions 20m
      • 10:50 AM
        Presentation 5 - Research funding opportunities 20m
      • 11:10 AM
        Presentation 6 - Institutional-level research grant management 20m
      • 11:30 AM
        Panel Discussion 1h

        What factors are critical for the accreditation and recognition of our universities? How can we work together to raise the quality of service, and standard of education at our universities?

        Speaker: All
      • 12:30 PM
        Lunch break and prayers 1h 30m
    • 2:00 PM 6:00 PM
      Annual University Leaders Retreat: Session III: Leveraging partnerships and collaboration for research development
      • 2:00 PM
        Presentation 7 - potential partner intervention 20m
      • 2:20 PM
        Presentation 8 - potential partner intervention 20m
      • 2:40 PM
        Panel Discussions 50m
        1. What is holding back our institutions to capitalize on the partnerships they have already formed with counterpart universities abroad?
        2. What can be done to inject effectiveness into the partnership agreements and how can we spark effective local research collaborations?
        3. What lessons have we learned from the ongoing research collaborations among our own universities?
        Speaker: All
      • 3:30 PM
        Tea break and prayers 30m
      • 4:00 PM
        Site visits, meeting with partners, etc. 2h
    • 8:00 AM 10:30 AM
      Annual University Leaders Retreat: Session IV: Building institutional and individual research capacities
      • 8:00 AM
        Presentation 9 - Institutional competencies for effective research development and operation 20m
      • 8:20 AM
        Presentation 10 - Establishing an impactful researcher capacity building program at our universities 20m
      • 8:40 AM
        Implementation of Presentation 11 - SomaliREN's research capacity building program: a recommendation benchmarking framework 20m
      • 9:00 AM
        Panel Discussion 1h
      • 10:00 AM
        Tea break 30m
    • 10:30 AM 9:00 PM
      Annual University Leaders Retreat: Session V: Technology infrastructure and resources for research development
      • 10:30 AM
        Presentation 12 - SomaliREN's services portfolio for research 20m
        Speaker: Mohamed Ali Ahmed (Bile) (SomaliREN)
      • 10:50 AM
        Presentation 13 - Facilitating access to research and education resources 20m
      • 11:10 AM
        Panel Discussion 50m
      • 12:00 PM
        Wrap-up of the annual retreat program 10m
        Speaker: Prof. Abdirizak Adam (Chairperson, SomaliREN)
      • 12:10 PM
        Signing and adoption of the annual retreat program communique 20m
      • 12:30 PM
        Lunch break and prayers 1h 30m
      • 2:00 PM
        Site visits, excursions and meetings with partners 4h
      • 7:30 PM
        Closing dinner 1h 30m
    • 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
      SomaliREN Strategic Planning
    • 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
      Study Tour