It was held this Friday, September 11, 2020, the Scientific Council of ENSEA via a video conference, so that the members of the said council exchange on the assessment of the activities of the first phase of the project of African Center of Excellence ACE1, (January 2016 – September 2020) and the prospects for the second phase called ACE Impact (October 2020 – October 2024).
It was an opportunity to take stock of the four strategic axes of the ACE1 project, which are as follows :
- Excellence in Teaching/Learning: To achieve this objective, five activities have been implemented, namely (i) strengthening existing programs and creating new training programs in response to the needs of the National Statistical Systems (NSS), (ii) building the capacity of ENSEA faculty, (iii) strengthening the use of ICTs in the center of excellence, (iv) facilitating the integration of graduates, and (v) revitalizing continuing training.
- Excellence in Research: The objective of this action plan was to create the conditions to establish at ENSEA a reference research center in statistics and applied economics to respond to the methodological challenges faced by NSS actors and to support decision-making. This involved (i) creating a doctoral school, (ii) building the capacities of the African Statistical Schools researchers, and (iii) valorizing research results.
- Excellence in Equity and Attractiveness: The third action plan focused on the Equity and Attractiveness Dimension was designed to increase the visibility and accessibility of ENSEA’s training offer to a larger number of students and lecturers-researchers in the subregion. More specifically, the following were discussed (i) improve the students’ living environment, (ii) strengthen English language learning, (iii) provide assistance to students without scholarships, and (iv) conduct a process of accreditation of diplomas.
- Excellence through Management and Good Governance: The activities of this plan have been organized around (i) project governance, (ii) financial management, (iii) reform of ENSEA’s governance, (iii) implementation of a communication policy towards partners, and (iv) provision of technical assistance to the African Institute of Statistics (IAS) and the National Institutes of Statistics (NIS).
By and large, the assessment of these 4 axes having been judged satisfactory hence the renewal of the label of Center of Excellence of ENSEA within the framework of the ACE Impact project, Doctor Hugues KOUADIO, Director of ENSEA was pleased with the good performance of the ACE1 project and committed himself with all the members to do everything possible to implement the activities of the ACE Impact project during the 4 years to come.
This meeting was chaired by Professor Issouf SOUMARE, President of the Scientific Council of ENSEA and was attended by some new members.