14.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Deciding directions for IT project to support "Bachelor - Master - Doctorate" reform in UEMOA

The steering committee of the project to support the "Bachelor - Master - Doctorate" reform through IT will meet on 18 June 2013 at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 9 am in the Salle des Actes.

The project is currently underway in the eight member states of UEMOA, the West African Economic and Monetary Union.

The participants will review activities carried out since the launch in February 2011. They will adopt a plan of action and a budget for 2013-2014 and will discuss a number of issues related to the functioning of the project and the committee.

Participants at the meeting include Mrs Lalla Aïcha Ben Barka, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO and Head of the Africa Department, Assistant Director-General for Information and Communication, Mr Janis Karklins, and Mr Niango Augustin, Director of the Office of the Commissary in Charge of ECOWAS’ Human Development Department as well as other UEMOA representatives and partner institutions of the project.

Aligning higher education

The Bachelor-Master-Doctorate reform is designed to align higher education teaching with international standards.

It puts in place a system composed of three levels:

  1. bachelor, master and doctorate;
  2. the organization of teaching in semesters and teaching units or modules;
  3. the implementation of credits and the issue of an appendix describing the degree.

The project aims specifically to:

  • Developing physical and virtual ICT infrastructure in universities in UEMOA countries
  • Ensuring the acquisition of equipment and hardware
  • Building capacities in the areas of ICT, university teaching, accreditation and quality assurance and research.

Current progress

Since April 2013, three important actions have been taken in order to give to the project a new rise:

  1. The project has been strengthened through different missions which put this project on the agenda again,
  2. National steering committees of the project have been established in 5 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Togo),
  3. Partnership’s meeting with associated institutions and organizations took place and led to a mobilization to a coherent establishment of the project,
  4. Work plan for 2013 is defined.

In addition the Higher Education and Research ministers in the eight countries have agreed to support the project; local management committees have been set up in five countries; and the steering committee is in place.

The $5.8 million project is financed by UEMOA and coordinated by the UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar.

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