Deputy Director of UNESCO-ICHEI attended Conference on Higher Education in Eastern AfricaMay 4, 2017
On 2-3 May 2017, Dr HAN Wei, Deputy Director of UNESCO-ICHEI was present at Conference on Higher Education, Policies and Research: Quality and Future Challenges for Eastern Africa, which was held in Djibouti. The Conference was jointly organized by UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa and Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Republic of Djibouti and co-sponsored by UNESCO-ICHEI.
Participants of the Conference were experts of UNESCO and other relevant international organizations, government officials of the ministries of education/higher education from Eastern African countries. Dr Han was invited to chair the 3rd Parallel Scientific Committee Session in the theme of “ICT-enabled Higher Education Innovation and Enhancement of National Education Systems”. Mr Elioda Tumwesigye, from Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Uganda shared the country experience of Uganda; and Dr Djama Mohamed Hassan, President of the University of Djibouti presented on ODeL (Open Distance e-Learning) as a cornerstone for building inclusive knowledge societies.
In the meantime, at the Exhibition of Eastern African Higher Education, the display booth of UNESCO-ICHEI attracted attention from participants of international organizations and various educational institutions. They were very interested in the newly established UNESCO Category 2 Institute and expressed willingness for future cooperation.
During the Conference, Dr Han had in-depth discussion with Mrs Ann Therese NDONG JATTA, the Director of UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa. Ann expressed appreciation for Dr Han’s excellent chairmanship. Moreover, she praised highly of UNESCO-ICHEI’s contribution to higher education development of Eastern African countries. She expected that both sides should work together to facilitate the substantiation of UNESCO-ICHEI’s Digital Education Link Programme in Eastern Africa.