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ICHEI and UNESCO Deepening Higher Education Cooperation

March 9, 2019
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On March 5, 2019, Professor LI Ming, Director of ICHEI met with Mr Borhene CHAKROUN, Director of UNESCO’s Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, at UNESCO headquarter in Paris. Both sides discussed how to further deepen cooperation between ICHEI and UNESCO.

Director LI Ming and Mr CHAKROUN

Mr CHAKROUN appreciated the comprehensive strategy ICHEI has developed and is grateful that ICHEI had fully fulfilled its functions in the fields of knowledge production, capacity-building, technical support and information sharing, especially for its great achievements in developing a network of partners covering universities, enterprises and governments.

Mr CHAKROUN was proud of the effective initiatives taken by ICHEI to promote higher education innovation in developing countries by means of ICT. These initiatives are highly coherent and in line with the mission of ICHEI.

In less than three years’ time, ICHEI had established a strong higher education network, developed its institutional expertise and capacities, and achieved remarkable results in higher education cooperation and innovation in developing countries in Asia and Africa. ICHEI actively explored innovative methods and development models to make higher education more affordable, relevant and to provide lifelong learning opportunities for all, which will finally contribute to the realization of the United Nations sustainable development goal 4 (SDG4).

In the field of higher education, UNESCO has attached great importance to the recognition of higher education qualifications in recent years, and has made great efforts to explore how to use new technologies to promote higher education reform. Mr CHAKROUN said that UNESCO will continue to work with ICHEI to further design cooperation projects by combining ICHEI’s competencies and UNESCO’s priorities.

ICHEI delegation with representatives of UNESCO’s Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems

Mr CHAKROUN was officially appointed as the Director of UNESCO’s Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO in 2019. He is responsible for four departments, including Section of Education Policy; Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development; Section of Higher Education; and Unit for ICT in Education.