The main objective of the conference is to strengthen and develop further the UR-Sweden Cooperation on Research, Higher Education and Institutional Advancement by discussing forward-looking health challenges, in the light of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and to identify research and educational priorities for possible further collaborations.

Specific conference objectives:

  • To discuss emerging health problems in a global perspective and main medicine and health challenges foreseen in Rwanda and in Sweden as a basis for additional collaborations between the countries.
  • To improve PhD students’ theory generation and critical thinking on own results in discussions with invited speakers and senior researchers.
  • To discuss how to advance the UR-Sweden cooperation with the aim of strengthening the role of UR within Medicine and Health sciences with regard to PhD training, master and PhD programme strengthening, career paths, possible post doc programmes and other matters.
  • To make the conference interactive and engaging as a learning experience for all participants and discuss ideas for establishing new collaborations within research. Clear outputs, aims and goals is to be delivered and followed up upon in relation to the above stated goals and aims.

Target participants

The Emerging infectious and chronic diseases: Global and local health challenges in the wake of the sustainable development goals conference is targeting academicians, researchers, politicians, scholars and other health professionals. The conference will attract participants from Sweden, South Africa, Kenya, and Rwanda. In total, 100 participants are expected to attend the conference.

Conference venue and duration
The conference will take place at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village(KCEV), Kigali Rwanda from March 15th, 2017 to March 17th, 2017.

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For more information or queries regarding the University of Rwanda International Conference from 15th-17th August 2018 contact:



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The Conference will be supported by UR Sweden Program