A Partnership Agreement on Higher Education has been signed by UNESCO and the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES)
The agreement was signed on 8 March, 2016 by Assistant Director-General for Education, Mr Qian Tang and the Secretary-General of CAMES, Professor Bertrand Mbatchi.
The Council, established in 1968, is a regional body responsible for higher education accreditation and quality assurance in CAMES countries, and for the implementation of higher education and research policies in several francophone countries in Africa. CAMES is subscribed to by nineteen countries namely Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Chad, Senegal, and Togo.
The objectives of the agreement include joint efforts for advocacy and capacity-building in the quality assurance of higher education with a focus on developing good practices and collaborating with similar bodies in other regions of Africa and around the world.
The signature ceremony was attended by the Ambassadors, Permanent Delegates of the CAMES Member States to UNESCO under the high patronage of H. Exc. Professor Filiga Michel Sawadogo, Minister of Education of Burkina Faso, and Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of CAMES. Representatives of three Regional Economic Communities were also present.