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Open Impact Conference

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 09:00 to Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 14:00
Hotel Africana - Kampala, Uganda
Open Impact Event Organisers
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Extending the frontiers of access to higher education in Africa: strategies for leveraging online and distance learning programs

The conference will be a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Open University; an appreciation of the achievements of the University on the continent in the last 50 years, in partnership with leading institutions like Makerere University; and an opportunity to co-create a strategic vision for the next 50 years.

Aims and objectives

  • To bring together key stakeholders to collectively review the international dimensions of Online Distance Learning (ODL) in Africa
  • To promote international ODL to new potential beneficiaries in Africa
  • To assess how international ODL can more strongly contribute to developing a dynamically growing Africa, especially in light of the United Nation’s Strategic Development Goal (SDG) 4 (quality education for all) and associated SDGs by 2030
  • To engage in research-based collaborations that can translate into high impact projects
  • To lay the groundwork for a journal that will be associated with the conference

Conference Programme Overview

Includes exclusive welcome messages from conference partners.

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Full Conference Programme

The full conference programme is available now.

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Conference Papers

Access papers available for download.

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If you require a visa

It is the responsibility of individual participants to obtain any visa or transit papers needed to participate in the Open Impact conference. All fees incurred in obtaining a visa are the responsibility of the delegate.

Delegates should plan their travel well in advance. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of Open Impact (13 – 14 December 2019) to enable entry to Uganda.

If you require a visa, we advise you to obtain and submit an official Letter of Invitation from the conference organisers to help facilitate the visa process. Additional personal information will be required.

Please note that Letters of Invitation are only issued to registered and paid/approved delegates and can be requested during the Open Impact registration process. The letter will be produced approximately 3 working days from receipt of request.

Open Impact conference organisers are not able to give advice regarding the visa applications and strongly recommend checking the Ugandan Government website and the Uganda High Commission website.

Conference fees

Note that all fees include catering, materials and other services for the conference over one and a half days, but do not include accommodation. The conference organisers will however negotiate a discount at the hosting hotel (Hotel Africana, Kampala).

Early bird registration and payment (by 22 November 2019)

  • Ugandan (standard): Ugx 250 000 (Ticket priced at £55 GBP)
  • Ugandan (student): Ugx 150 000 (Ticket priced at £33 GBP)
  • African (non-Ugandan, standard): US$ 100 (Ticket priced at £80 GBP)
  • African (non-Ugandan, student): US$ 60 (Ticket priced at £50 GBP)
  • Rest of world (standard): US$ 215 (Ticket priced at £175 GBP)
  • Rest of world (student): US$ 150 (Ticket priced at £125 GBP)

Late registration and payment (from 23 November 2019 to event date)

  • 10% mark-up on all early bird rates above

Hotels and Travel

Please click here for a list of hotels and their proximity to the conference location: Hotel Africana; we hope you will find this useful.

Please note we have no affiliation with these hotels and bear no responsibility for any bookings made with them. It is suggested that for transfers between hotels that Uber Taxis are used.

Alternatively you can contact the hotel directly who may be able to arrange airport transfers - email Sarah Namubiru.


To register or for any further information on this conference, please contact the Event Organisers.