The UNESCO-Shenzhen Funds-in-Trust Project: Strengthening Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa was officially launched at country level in Togo on 21 November 2017, at the Confucius Institute, University of Lomé, in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Togo, the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office at Abuja and the University of Lomé.
The launching ceremony in Togo features addresses from high-level guests including H.E. Mr. Octave Nicoué Broohm, Minister of Higher Education and Research of Togo, and H.E. Mr. Yuxi Liu, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Togo. Professor Komlan Batawila , Vice President of the University of Lomé, Professor François Kuassi DECKON, Focal Point of the Project in Togo, Ms. Tortian Hassmik, Programme Specialist at UNESCO Headquarters, and Mr. Abdoulaye Salifou, Programme Specialist at UNESCO Abuja also attended the ceremony together with over 300 representatives from higher education institutions, the government, development agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector.
The Project is funded by the Municipal Government of Shenzhen of China with the objective to strengthen higher education systems at the institutional, national and regional levels in African countries by developing quality assurance mechanisms. H.E. Mr. Yuxi Liu, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Togo expressed his hope that the Project will provide Togo with essential support to enhance its quality assurance mechanism in higher education for its sustainable development.
As one of the ten beneficiary countries of the Project, Togo aims to establish its national quality assurance agency with the technical support from UNESCO.
“We now need to adopt the quality approach as a structural factor in our decisions and actions”, said Professor Komlan Batawila, Vice President of the University of Lomé. Professor François Kuassi Deckon, Focal Point of the Project in Togo, stated that Togo would focus on fostering the culture of quality assurance with awareness raising campaigns, building capacity for quality assurance professionals, and establishing national quality assurance agency and internal quality assurance units in universities.
“To reap the full benefits of human capital investment, the quality of higher education must be increased for sub-Saharan Africa, which will be transformed into improved technological capabilities and productivity”, as stated by Mr. Abdoulaye Salifou, Programme Specialist at UNESCO Abuja, who addressed the audience on behalf of Mr. Yao Ydo, Director of the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office at Abuja.
Ms. Tortian Hassmik reiterated that UNESCO would continue to provide technical support to Togo for the establishment of quality assurance agency by facilitating access to good practices, developing capacities and supporting networking with existing quality assurance agencies.
Apart from Togo, the other participating countries include Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, and Zambia. Find out more here.
For more information, please contact:
- Ms. Hassmik Tortian, Programme Specialist, h.tortian(a)unesco.org
- Ms. Qingling Kong, Associate Project Officer, q.kong(a)unesco.org