Inadequate funding, poor infrastructure, shortage of academic staff, brain drain, and poor scholarship awards are challenges Students, Educators, Higher institutions and policymakers face in Nigeria. In addition, the Federal Government is mulling over plans to cut funding. In a day of highly stimulating activities and networking, participants will join high-level discussions among the brightest minds from Europe and Africa on practical steps to resolving these challenges. 

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Key Benefits

Strategic Alignment: Align your institution’s goals with Nigeria’s ‘Renewed Hope Agenda 2023-27’ and the Federal Ministry of Education’s 13-pillar Strategic Roadmap.

Global Networking: Connect with top European and UK universities to explore collaboration opportunities.

Unlock new financing opportunities to support higher education infrastructure and technology acquisition.

Innovative Solutions: Participate in discussions on financing, skills development, technology acquisition, and policy advocacy.

Special Guests of Honour

His Excellency Dr George Akume

Secretary to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Professor Tahir Mamman (SAN, OON)

Minister of Education, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Her Excellency, Prof. Sarah Agbor

African Union Commissioner, 2017-2022. (Guest of Honour)

Keynote Panel

Mr Chris Jibreel Maiyaki

Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission

Prof. Paulinus Okwelle

 Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE)

Prof. Idris Bugaje

FNSEChE, FSESN, C.Engr. Exe. Sec., National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

Mr Colin Sirett

Former Head of Research and Technology Airbus UK/Europe.

Debra Hinds

Pro Vice-Chancellor Partnerships, Arden University United Kingdom.

Elder Urum Kalu (UK) Eke

Group Managing Director FBN Holdings 2015-21.

Professor Yvonne Beach

Pro Vice-Chancellor and head, College of Business and Law, University of the West of England, UK.

Professor Lilian Salami

Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin.

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George Akume born 27 December 1953, is a Nigerian politician who is the current and 21st Secretary to the Government of the Federation, appointed by President Bola Tinubu. He served as minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs under President Muhammadu Buhari from 2019 to 2023. He was the Senator representing Benue North-West Senatorial District from 2007 to 2019.

He was also the Minority Leader of the Senate from June 2011 to June 2015. He served as the governor of Benue State from May 1999 to May 2007. Akume was re-elected Senator for Benue North-West in the April 2011 elections, running on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria.

Political career
In 1999, he became governor of Benue State and served two terms of four years. He won elections to represent the people of Benue as a senator for Benue North-West in Nigeria’s senate. Akume was re-elected Senator for Benue North-West in the April 2011 elections, running on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform.

He was nominated and confirmed a minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nigeria by Muhammadu Buhari. On 2 June 2023, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu appointed him Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Tahir Mamman SAN OON (born 7 July 1954) is a Nigerian lawyer, professor and academic who is the current minister of education of Nigeria. He was the director-general of the Nigerian Law School from 2005 to 2013. He was a one-time vice-chancellor of Baze University, Abuja and member governing board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).[1]

He was appointed minister of Education by President Bola Tinubu on 16 August 2023.

He is a recognized member of the Body of Benchers. In 2010, he became a board member of the International Association of Law Schools based in Washington DC. In September 2015, he was conferred Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). In recognition of his efforts, the Federal Government of Nigeria bestowed him with the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

Mamman joined party politics in 2014 after completing his tenure as director general of the Nigerian Law School. He ran for the Adamawa State governorship election on the platform of the APC in December 2014 along with three other aspirants. In June 2020, the All Progressives Congress national executive committee appointed and inaugurated him as a Member representing the northeast geopolitical zone/acting national vice chairman northeast in the National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC of the All Progressives Congress. He holds the chieftains titles of Dan Ruwata Adamawa Emirate and Dokajin Mubi of Adamawa State.

Professor Agbor is a Distinguished Professor of African and Commonwealth Literature and the elected Commissioner (2017-2022) Department for Education, Science and Technology and Innovation (ESTI) of the African Union (AU) and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, of Research and External Cooperation with the Business World (DVC-RCB) at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon.

She is currently the AU Global Consultant at Policy Renaissance and the Board Chair, at Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Nairobi, Kenya. She has served as the Inspector of Academic Affairs No.1 at the Ministry of Higher Education Cameroon with strategic responsibility for the evaluation and monitoring of Higher Education Institutions in Cameroon.