ICHEI Delegation Visited China-Africa InstituteMay 15, 2019
On the afternoon of May 15th, 2019, the delegation of International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO paid a visit to China-Africa Institute (CAI) in Beijing and held fruitful discussions with Party Secretary Ms. GUO Hong, Deputy Director Mr. LI Xinfeng, and Professor LIU Naiya from the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).
Director LI Ming introduced ICHEI’s missions and functions, the projects carried out in Asia Pacific and Africa, and the future work plans. Ms. GUO Hong acknowledged ICHEI’s efforts in the African region and introduced relevant background information about the establishment of CAI. Both sides had in-depth communication and reached intent of cooperation in terms of online education resources, “China-Africa Research Forum”, and the signing of an MOU.
The visit has laid a sound foundation for potential cooperation between ICHEI and CAI. Through CAI as an international platform of exchange and cooperation, ICHEI aims to facilitate the development of higher education along the Belt & Road and to promote African countries to utilize ICTs to achieve the massification of higher education and the improvement of higher education quality and equity.
At the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in 2018, President Xi Jinping announced that China has decided to establish the China-Africa Institute, with an aim to enhance mutual learning between Chinese and African civilizations and to strengthen exchanges of their experience in governance and development. CAI seeks to provide intellectual and talent support for the “Belt and Road” construction collaboration, and for comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership facing the future between China and Africa to build a closer China-Africa community with a shared future.