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ICHEI Visited South Africa and the Gambia

December 7, 2018
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During 22-28 November,2018, Professor LI Ming, Director of UNESCO-ICHEI led the delegation and visited South Africa and the Gambia. The delegation had several meetings with partner universities and ministries in these two countries. Members of the delegation include Professor LI Ming, Director of UNESCO-ICHEI; Professor XU Zhenghe, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech); Professor ZHAO Jianhua, Senior Expert of UNESCO-ICHEI; Ms BI Xiaohan, Programme Officer of UNESCO-ICHEI. Representaives from Huawei local offices also attended the meetings.

In South Africa, Professor Lis Lange, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Town (UCT) together with heads of departments and other colleagues of UCT received the delegation. Professor Lis Lange expressed appreciation for the delegation’s visit. Both sides fully exchanged views on issues like: exchange of international students, exchange visits of professors, online education research, smart classroom project, university-enterprise cooperation, ICT capacity building among UNESCO-ICHEI, SUSTech and UCT and established the three party partnership.

The Delegation with the DVC and representatives of UCT

Before meeting with Deputy Vice Chancellor of UCT, the delegation visited Department of Chemical Engineering of UCT, the university library and multi-media classroom and had a meeting with the Department of ICT Service.

The Delegation with Director of ICT Service Department of UCT

The University of Cape Town was founded in 1829 which is South Africa’s oldest university and it is also one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions. UCT is the highest-ranked African university in both the Times Higher Education and QS world university rankings.

In Johannesburg, the delegation held talks with representatives of the quality assurance department of South African Ministry of Higher Education and Training, and exchanged views on higher education quality assurance and university cooperation.

The delegation also visited the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg and discussed cooperation in student exchanges and professor visits betweenSUSTech and University of Johannesburg.

The Delegation with Representatives of University of Johannesburg

Besides, the delegation visited the headquaters of Huawei South Africa and discussed about ICT talents cultivation and university cooperation in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Delegation with representatives of Huawei South Africa

On 26 November, the delegation visited Gambia Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, University of the Gambia, and Gambia National Commission for UNESCO.

In Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Minister Badara A. Joof received the delegation and discussed higher education cooperation of Gambia with ICHEI and SUSTech.

Professor LI Ming with Gambia Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology

The Minister thanked the delegation’s visit and said that higher education cooperation between China and the Gambia is an important component of the friendly cooperation between the two countries. The Minister expressed his appreciation for the great achievements made by SUSTech in a short period of time. He believed that University of the Gambia should learn from SUSTech and develop discipline of science and technology. The Minister also expressed the willingness of Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Science and Technology to support higher education cooperation between ICHEI, SUSTech and the Gambia.

ICHEI presented a gift to Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology

Afterwards, the delegation visited University of the Gambia. Professor Faqir Muhammad Anjum Chaudhry, Vice Chancellor of the university received the delegation with Deputy Vice Chancellors and heads of departments of the university. Both sides had in-depth discussion about talents cultivation, establishment of the smart classroom, ICT capacity building and university cooperation. A MOU of three sides was signed after the meeting.

Signing of MOU
The Delegation with Vice Chancellor and representatives of University of the Gambia

Besides, the delegation visited the Gambia National Commission for UNESCO, which is based in the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education. The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and representatives of the Gambia National Commission for UNESCO received the delegation.

The Delegation with representatives of the Gambia National Commission for UNESCO