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Higher education institutions (HEIs) face unprecedented demand to deliver high quality degree programmes to growing numbers of students and at the same time enhance graduate employability. To do this, universities in both developed and developing countries have taken a variety of approaches to revise the content of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes, to diversify pedagogical approaches, and pursue other strategies to enhance the learning environment for students. All can be broadly categorised as curriculum development reforms. 

This session provides an opportunity for delegates to hear about and engage with different examples of innovative curriculum reform, and to learn about various models used and the lessons learned from HEIs implementing curriculum reform in dynamic and, in some cases, very challenging environments.

Key Take-Aways

Working solutions to design and implementation of curriculum reform, offering lessons for adaptation or replication into your own institutional context. 

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from four examples of innovative curriculum reform strategies and that interest them most. At the opening, each of the following will provide a two-minute introduction to their reform initiative, enabling delegates to determine which groups they wish to engage. 

• Curriculum reform in digital education (Russia) 

• Innovative pedagogy as a driver of curriculum reform (Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria) 

• Transforming university teaching and learning to embed critical thinking and problem-solving for social change (Uganda and Tanzania) 


Joseph Hoffman, Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) Team Leader, UK 

Dr Daria Kozlova, First Vice Rector, ITMO University, Russia 

Prof Dr Mircea Dumitru, Rector, University of Bucharest, Romania 

Jonathan Harle, Director of Programmes, TESCEA/INASP, UK 

Beatrice Muganda, Director, Higher Education, PEDAL/PASGR, Kenya