ICHEI and the China-Africa Institute Built Strategic PartnershipMarch 19, 2021
On March 18, 2021, the UNESCO International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (UNESCO-ICHEI) and the China-Africa Institute signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement. Ming Li, Director of UNESCO-ICHEI; Xiaohan Bi, Assistant Director and Head of West Asia and Africa Programme Office; Xiangzheng Tang, Head of IT and Enterprise Cooperation Office; Bingran Zeng, Head of Knowledge Production and Communications Centre; Xiaoming Wang, Deputy Director of China-Africa Institute and Deputy Director of West Asia and Africa Office; Hong Cheng, Head of Scientific Research Office, Jian Wang, Head of Information Office; Yongpeng Zhang, Researcher of International Relations Office; Xueqing Ma and Wencheng Chen, Researcher of Scientific Research Office; and Qiangfei Qi, PhD of Ethnic and Religious Office; attended the ceremony.
According to the agreement, UNESCO-ICHEI and the China-Africa Institute will rely on the cooperation purpose of “enhancing new concepts, expanding new ideas, and promoting new development”, establish a strategic cooperative relationship after full consultation in accordance with relevant national laws, regulations and business characteristics of both orgnizations, with a view to deepening cooperation, working together, and contributing to the advancement of China-Africa pragmatic cooperation. Moreover, under the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative and leveraging its positive impact so far, this cooperation promotes the process of jointly building a future-oriented China-Africa comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and helps to build a closer community with a shared future for China and Africa.
The two organizations will carry out further cooperation in the following areas:
01.Jointly contribute and share respective African partner networks and communication platforms to realize the joint contribution and shared benefits of resources and contents;
02.Cooperate in holding Africa-oriented seminars or forums, actively participate in and provide support to activities organized by the two organizations on the theme of cooperation and exchanges with Africa;
03.Work together to develop capacity-building seminars for Africa to enhance the capacity of African higher educators, scholars and youth, and promote cultural exchanges between China and Africa;
04.Carry out cooperative research on African higher education, talent training, informatization development, etc., and produce publications based on the research;
05.Organize experts and scholars from both organizations to exchange and study from time to time.
In 2019, the UNESCO-ICHEI visited China-Africa Institute for the first time. The two organizations had in-depth exchanges and laid the foundation for further cooperation. This signing of the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement represents that the cooperation between the UNESCO-ICHEI and the China-Africa Institute will be deepened. The UNESCO-ICHEI will work together with the China-Africa Institute to help China and Africa jointly build the “Belt and Road” in the field of higher education, and promote the popularization of higher education in African countries through Information and Communications Technology applications. The two organizations will not only comprehensively improve the capabilities and levels of social science development, but also promote connectivity and mutual learning between Chinese and African civilizations, and provide intellectual support and talent guarantee for the development of China-Africa cooperation.
On April 9, 2019, the China-Africa Institute was established in Beijing as one of the important measures for China-Africa humanities exchanges. It aims to enhance mutual learning among civilizations, strengthen exchanges of experience in governance and development, provide intellectual support and talent support for jointly promoting the Belt and Road Initiative cooperation for China and Africa, jointly building a future-oriented China-Africa comprehensive strategic partnership, and jointly building a closer community with a shared future for China and Africa. Relying on the strong research capacity of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and under the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative, China-Africa Institute focuses on expanding the research fields and contents through various forms, including joint research, academic exchanges, seminars, and talent training.