Mali: Higher education: UEMOA offers computer tools has the USTTB

Mali: Higher education: UEMOA offers computer tools has the USTTB

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Mali: Higher education: UEMOA offers computer tools has the USTTB

8 July 2015

INFRASTRUCTURE-ACADEMICS

It is a project of the subregional organization to support academics in the Community area
In the context of its policy of support for higher education and implementing the system Licence-Master-doctorate (LMD) in its 8 Member States, monetary economic Union West africaine (UEMOA) initiated support project to the development of the technologies of information and communication for the implementation of the LMD reform capacity-building in institutions of higher education of the UEMOA (PADTICE).
This project which has existed since February 2011 is aims to contribute to the strengthening of the capacity of implementation of the LMD reform in the UEMOA area through the development and use of ICT. It aims also at strengthening the infrastructure of access to ICTs on the campus and put at the disposal of the universities of the UEMOA a virtual library interconnected at the regional level as well as rooms equipped with internet access broadband of at least 200 computers per campus.

This device allows to deliver courses online and open academic portals to ensure the follow-up and management of the systems of transfer and accumulation of credits. The development of the physical and virtual ICT infrastructure, the update available to the institutions of equipment and hardware, the strengthening of capacity-building in the use of ICT to improve the quality of teaching, learning, research and academic governance are the three components of the project.

The PADTICE includes UNESCO, the Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF), the African and Malagasy Council for higher education (CAMES), school of librarians, archivists and documentalists (EBAD), the network of excellence for higher education in Africa (REESAO), the network of Africa West and the centre for education and research (WACREN).

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU/Dakar), the University virtual African (UVA), the École Supérieure multinational telecommunications (ESMT) and the international Institute of water engineering and the environment (2iE) are also among the partners of the project.

Total 35 universities organized around 8 main within the UEMOA are beneficiaries of the project. 8 main universities are the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Ivory Coast), Amilcar Cabral (Guinea-Bissau), the Sciences, techniques and technologies of Bamako (Mali), Abdou Moumouni (Niger), Cheickh Anta Diop (Senegal), Lomé (Togo).

PER 10,000 STUDENTS. UEMOA-financed and implemented by UNESCO, the project in Malian declination is based on a tripartite partnership between UEMOA, UNESCO and the University of sciences, techniques and technologies of Bamako (USTTB). The PADTICE of the WAEMU has just offered infrastructure networks and computer platforms each of these 8 universities in the above-mentioned UEMOA. Total cost: 6 billion CFA francs.

The USTTB proceeded Monday with the Faculty of science and technology (FST) at the official handover of these computer tools, including 200 computers connected to broadband Internet. Chaired by the Minister of higher education and scientific research, Mr. Mountaga Tall, the ceremony recorded the presence of the Commissioner of the Department of human development of UEMOA, Seydou Sissouma as well as officials of the system of the United Nations and UNESCO, and rectors of universities, deans of faculty and so the students were all present.

200 computers for the 10,000 students and 500 teachers from the USTTB cost 436 million Fcfa UEMOA. Recalling that his University was signed on January 14, 2014, an agreement with UNESCO for the implementation of the PADTICE, the Rector of the USTTB, Adama diamonds Keita assured that his University was ready to develop fruitful cooperation with its national and subregional counterparts under the conventions and the inter-university agreements.

The Commissioner of the Department of human development of WAEMU him, indicated that the project was one of the key links in the modernisation of higher education and vocational training systems. The PADTICE fully meets a need expressed by the academic community, has supported Seydou Sissouma.

The Minister of higher education and scientific research, Mr. Mountaga Tall, for his part, noted that the three components of PADTICE responded to the concerns of higher education and the guidance given by the highest authorities.

S. Y WACHIRA
Source: The rise