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UNESCO Assistant Director-General and ICHEI Discussed Global Higher Education Cooperation

March 8, 2019
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On the afternoon of March 5, 2019, the ICHEI delegation led by Professor LI Ming, had a meeting with Ms. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education. Both sides had a fruitful discussion on how to strengthen higher education cooperation between ICHEI and UNESCO.

Ms. Giannini spoke highly of ICHEI’s initiatives in promoting higher education development in developing countries. As the head of UNESCO’s education sector, Ms. Giannini attached great importance to higher education since she took up her duties in 2018.

Ms. Giannini believes that ICHEI’s network of universities in Africa and Asia-Pacific region will play an important role in the development of higher education. Based on the network, ICHEI and its global strategic partners could mobilize necessary resources to carry out higher education innovation.

Regarding the cooperation mechanism between enterprises and universities established by ICHEI, Ms. Giannini believes that the mechanism is in line with the trend of global higher education development. ICHEI is making the right choice in establishing a higher education ecosystem through the mechanism.

In addition, Ms. Giannini expressed her appreciation to Shenzhen Municipal Government for sponsoring the ‘UNESCO-Shenzhen Funds-in-Trust’. She also thanked ICHEI for its active coordination during the implementation of the project by representing Shenzhen Municipal Government.

logo of UNESCO-Shenzhen Funds-in-Trust

In view of the successful initiatives conducted by ICHEI in Africa and Asia-Pacific, Ms. Giannini encouraged ICHEI to collaborate with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in the development of higher education quality assurance indicators.

Professor LI Ming said that ICHEI is very willing to work with UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) for the development of higher education quality assurance indicators which will help to achieve higher education innovation in Africa and Asia Pacific.

Also attended the meeting were HAN Wei, Deputy Director of ICHEI; BI Xiaohan, Programme Officer of ICHEI; Mr. MIAO Fengchun, Chief of Unit for ICT in Education, UNESCO; Mr. Peter Wells, Chief of Section for Higher Education, UNESCO.

ICHEI delegation with Assistant Director General of UNESCO

Higher Education is undergoing reforms in the world. As the only organization in the UN system with a mission in the field of higher education, UNESCO actively guides global higher education reforms, works with partners to enhance the opportunities for all students to receive higher education and improve higher education quality. As UNESCO’s Category 2 Centre specialized in higher education, ICHEI is committed to using ICTs to enhance higher education innovation in developing countries, to improve higher education quality, and thus promote educational equity.