Presentation of the Institution’s Strategic Plan for the next 5 years.
ENSEA management invited all the administrative staff and permanent lecturers to an awareness and information workshop on the school’s strategic plan for the next 5 years. In fact, the management, in an inclusive and participative dynamic, not only took stock of the first phase of the African Centre of Excellence project “ACE 1” after 5 years of implementation but also presented the new ACE IMPACT project.
The African Centre of Excellence (ACE) project aims to promote regional specialisation of participating universities in areas that address specific common regional development challenges. It also aims to build the capacity of these universities to deliver high quality training and applied research and to meet the demand for skills needed for Africa’s development.
Thus, ENSEA of Abidjan, as a training institution in the field of statistics and applied economics, proposed its project with the aim of strengthening the offer of higher statistical training in Africa through 4 strategic axes which are :
- Achieving excellence in teaching/learning,
- Achieving excellence in research,
- Achieving excellence by strengthening the equity and attractiveness dimension,
- Achieving excellence by strengthening financial management and governance.
In his introductory remarks, Dr. Hugues KOUADIO, Director of ENSEA, congratulated his staff who have been mobilized in the realization of the activities of the World Bank’s “African Centre of Excellence” label obtained since 2015, the achievement of which has reached a rate of 99%. Several results can be credited to the ACE project among others:
- Educational Renovation,
- Implementation of Distance Learning,
- International Accreditation of the Senior Statistician and Economist (ISE) course to the EUR-ACE label,
- Setting up of a Scientific Council,
- Opening of the Doctoral Training,
- Valorisation of research and
- Improvement of the working and training environment
In addition to the presentation of the ACE1 assessment, this first day was an opportunity for the staff to exchange with the Management to be better equipped and to appropriate ENSEA’s vision to achieve the objectives of phase 2 of the project called ACE IMPACT whose funding is provided by the French Development Agency (AFD) for a 5 years period. Based on initial achievements, the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD), in collaboration with African governments, launched the ACE Impact project in 2018 to strengthen postgraduate training and applied research in existing areas and support new areas essential for Africa’s economic growth. Selected for this second phase which started in October 2020, the project presented by ENSEA aims this time to strengthen public policies and qualitative skills.
Mr. KOUAKOU Jean Arnaud, Director of Studies, gave a more detailed presentation of the ACE IMPACT project whose objectives to be achieved are articulated around 5 major axes, namely:
- Strengthening the training offer in statistics and quantitative economics,
- Increasing the reception capacity of the centre,
- Increasing the proportion of girls trained in quantitative techniques,
- Increasing ENSEA’s support to training centres in the region in the specified areas,
- Reinforcing ACE 1 achievements.
ENSEA’s vision for the next 5 years is therefore to be an internationally renowned Centre of Excellence in Statistics and Quantitative Economics that contributes to the development of African states through the strengthening of public policies and qualitative skills. For three half-days, the administrative and permanent teaching staffs of ENSEA will exchange with the Management to share this common vision.