23.11.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Statistics and International standards of nomenclature in tertiary education

Participants of the Regional workshop on statistics in tertiary education, with Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa Ms. Ann Therese Ndong Jatta and UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education, Ms. Stefania Giannini (c)UNESCO

A Regional Workshop on Tertiary education statistics took place from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya

The workshop was opened by Ms. Ann Therese Ndong Jatta, Director of UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, who was accompanied by Ms. Beatrice Njenga, Head/Education Division and Officer in Charge, Human Resources, Science and Technology Department of the African Union; and Prof. Jackson Too, Head/ Planning, Research and Development Division, Commission of University Education of Kenya.
The UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education, Ms. Stefania Giannini,paid a courtesy visit to the workshop and delivered notes on the role of UNESCO, and the importance of such work for UNESCO member States.

The main objective of the workshop was to train the officers in charge of statistics from the national councils for Tertiary education or equivalent, on the coding of their national nomenclature of tertiary education programmes, according to the UNESCO standard fields of education (ISCED-F), a framework developed in 2013, followed by a detailed description of fields of education, published in 2015. In order to ensure consistent data is collected from universities to make national aggregates, and finally to guarantee the international comparability of data in tertiary education, countries should implement these internationally agreed standards.

The workshop involved fifty participants from the Eastern African countries, including the quality assurance officers, statisticians and those in charge of students’ registration at the university levels. Not without requesting UNESCO to organize regular technical trainings, participants recognized the importance of this activity, and committed to finalize the coding and an implementation work plan.

As a way forward among others, the representatives from the higher education councils and equivalent committed to cascade the training to universities as from 2019 and improve the quality of data collected through implementation of the agreed international norms and standards, and the submission to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

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