The Institute of Educational Leadership Practitioners of Nigeria (IELPN) organised a highly impactful conference (9th and 10th of August 2023) at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, to deliberate on the relevance of improving education outcomes across higher institutions in Africa. The two-day conference was themed “Educational Leadership, Quality Education, And African Development: A Global Perspective.” The conference shed light on educational leaders’ impact on quality education; the role of education in entrepreneurship and investment; the challenges of education quality assurance on sustainable development; the need to refine education curriculum for global best practice; and, finally, transformational leadership, governance, and management in higher education in Africa. Africa.
Professor Evans Osabuohien spoke on the topic “Transformational Leadership for Africa’s Quality Higher Education in a Post-COVID-19 World.” His presentation provided insight into the current situation of higher education in Africa, emphasising the link between education and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, he examined the relationship between population and higher education in Africa, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on education in Africa. He also covered transformational leadership and its impact on short and long-term economic development; the shift from theoretical to experiential context-based learning; active and strategic cooperation; and the benefits of using technology for educational improvement. He closed his talk by emphasizing the importance of a revolutionary compensation system that will keep academic talents.
Furthermore, during his virtual presentation (while on Research Leave at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany), Professor Evans Osabuohien, a Guest Speaker at the conference, buttressed the significance of leveraging technology to achieve impactful educational outcomes globally, using the African Scholars Mentorship Network (ASMN) anchored by DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC) as a case study. Mrs Goodness Dan-Okoro, Research Associate and Public Relations for DIaDeRC, physically represented him. The presentation slide can be seen Virtually for FREE.
The conference was extremely energising, forward-thinking, and impactful, giving a forum for thought-provoking debates. Other dignitaries at the conference included Dr Violet Makuku (Director of the Global Association of Quality Assurance in Ghana), Prof Georgewill Abraham Owunari (Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt), who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, and Honourable Folasade Adefisayo (Commissioner of Education for Lagos State), among others.