UNESCO-ICHEI Delegation visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and EgyptMarch 6, 2017
During 20-28 February, 2017, UNESCO-ICHEI Delegation (hereinafter referred to as the Delegation) visited Ministry of (Higher) Education and partner universities in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Egypt and established long-term strategic partnership, which laid concrete foundation for ICHEI’s Digital Education Link Programme.
The Delegation visited Dr Arkebe Oqubay, Minister and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Mr Abebe Abebayehu Chekol, Deputy Commissioner of Ethiopian Investment Commission for advice on developing progrommes in Ethiopia. Entrusted by Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), the Delegation discussed with Dr Samuel Kifle, State Minister of Ministry of Education and Dr Jeilu Oumer, Vice President of Addis Ababa University (AAU) on potential areas for cooperation, including but not limited to capacity building, staff and student mobility, international student fellowship, resource sharing and technical and vocational education and training (TVET). As a partner university in Ethiopia, AAU will sign MOU with UNESCO-ICHEI and SUSTech. The Delegation also paid visit to UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa and attended the opening ceremony for its workshop on Prevention of Violence through Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Yumiko Yokozeki, Director of the Institute had a deep discussion with the Delegation. With common mission under Education 2030 Framework and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4-Quality Education, the two institutes agreed to work closely on capacity building for teachers in Africa.
On 23 February, the Delegation visited Djibouti. Dr Fahmi Ahmed, Adviser of the Minister of Higher Education and Research and Dr Djama Mohamed Hassan, President of University of Djibouti showed the Delegation around the new campus and several other campuses. Dr Djama and Dr LI Ming signed MOU and explored details on further cooperation between UNESCO-ICHEI and University of Djibouti, including ICT application in pedagogy, quality education resources like MOOC, distance learning and TVET. University of Djibouti also agreed to help recruit candidates for SUSTech’s undergraduate fellowship programme.
During February 24-27, the Delegation visited Dr Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education of Egypt and Dr Abdel Wahab Ezzat, President of Ain Shams University. Entrusted by SUSTech, the Delegation explored potential areas for cooperation, like exchange of professors and students, industry-academy cooperation, applying ICT in higher education, life-long learning and TVET. An MOU will be signed to concretize the cooperation among Ain Shams University, UNESCO-ICHEI and SUSTech. Also, the Delegation had a meeting with Mr. Ghaith FARIZ, Director of UNESCO Cairo Office and discussed on achieving Education 2030 Agenda and SDG 4. Dr LI congratulated Cairo Office on the new office building and looked forward to participating in the office’s activities and various collaboration in the future.
The visit has strengthened trust and understanding for UNESCO-ICHEI and all partners. In August 2017, UNESCO-ICHEI will hold a Seminar on ICT in Higher Education Innovation for African Countries in Shenzhen, China, where participants from Ministry of (Higher) Education and partner universities from Ethiopia, Djibouti and Egypt will gather together and take further concrete steps.