2016 Conference

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone our 6th GKEN multidisciplinary conference and workshops until Easter/Summer of 2017.  We hope to be making further announcements early in 2017. Should you have any conference queries please contact us on GKEN2016@gken.uk 


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Following the very successful 5th GKEN Conference / Workshop we jointly hosted in Ethiopia, we were prepared to host the 6th GKEN between the 12 th – 18 th of December 2016 and in response to our call, we have received 60+ exciting Abstract/research papers.

No doubt you all are aware that the current situation in Ethiopia is very problematic. This may therefore impede the GKEN volunteers from fully engaging with the 6th conference and workshop events, and from producing tangible results in the universities across Ethiopia as it was originally planned.

Our partners in Ethiopia, including Jimma University, while extremely positive about hosting the 6th Conference and Workshop, are now also agreeing, due to the present condition, that we postpone it by a few months until the situation improves. The conference organising committee, therefore have now decided to postpone the planned 6th GKEN event in Ethiopia to later dates (e.g. Easter or Summer time).

At the same time, the committee also decided to organise an event here in London in mid-December in order to reflect GKEN’s 5-year journey (including the publication of GKEN 2 books) and to also set a strategic direction for our future work. The organising committee will therefore be meeting this Friday (the 28th of Oct) to plan the nitty-gritty of organising an event.

I’m also sure you are pleased to also know that the noble work of EDMA that provides supervisory or mentorship support to Doctoral and Masters Candidates academic work is getting stronger and stronger.

We will continue to keep in touch and inform you of the progress we are making.

Best regards,

Dr Desta Amare

(on behalf of the 6th GKEN conference / workshop organising committee)..

Africa’s leading PhD and Higher Education conference where the top experts come together to exchange and share know how, reveal strategies and engage each other.

The 6th GKEN multidisciplinary conference and workshops generates ideas giving the academics, researchers and practitioners a new, organised way of thinking about the topic or ideas that suggest promising directions for future research.

The interactive workshop create the opportunity to advance specific research areas and address methodologies, emerging application areas and design innovations issues primarily in education and health. 

The 6th Conference will be held at Addis Ababa University which is the leading public university in Ethiopia and then discipline specific workshops will be hosted simultaneously at various academic institutions.

The Workshops will be held in Ethiopia across a number of University institutions.

The conference will provide a global communication forum bringing together academics, practitioners, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholder groups to discuss the progress made and to also further explore the challenges faced by contemporary societies in accelerating educational excellence in the wider African continent and ultimately to generate ideas that will provide promising directions for future research.

Whereas the workshop will offer the participants the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and insight from leading experts in a variety of specialised fields including public health, education, management, Information Technology / Systems among other disciplines.

Call To Paper

Submission to GKEN 2016 Conference Now Open


5th GKEN Conference
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I want to confess that we really enjoyed the conference and I promise to attend next year’s conference. We will also ensure that we host it in our University in Nigeria. Looking forward to seeing you.

Dr. Odunaike





The conference met all of my expectations and more. The preparation, presentation, attendance and mix of people in respect to knowledge, intellect, age, gender, political outlook, etc. was excellent. This is not to say there is no room for improvement – after all was the first of many meetings, and to get it right the first time is everyone’s dream. I congratulate the organisers for such a great achievement.

Yosias Tadesse

This was my maiden public appearance since completing my PhD in somewhat solitary confinement. I felt it a great honour present my work to my fellow country men and women. I was proud to be part of historic event and hope my contribution was appreciated . Thank you again for making it happen.

Dr Hailemichael Teshome




I am indeed short of words! It is evident that the impacts of what you and the other team members of GKEN are doing are indeed global which in the future will positively touch all nooks and crannies of African continent and beyond. It is amazing to be associated with GKEN. Once again, I remain grateful for the opportunity to be part of GKEN.

E. A. Alademerin (Ph.D)