Addis Ababa July 25, 2017 A partnership with the private sector is crucial to the achievement of the strategic objectives of Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA), AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology said.
Speaking at the opening of 15th International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa today, Representative of the AU Commissioner Dr. Beatrice Njenga said the Continental Education Strategy for Africa responds with the partnership of public and private educational institutions.
She said the implementation of CESA requires that all stakeholders work in coordination with the manner toward pursuing the development of priority areas of education and human resource development.
According to the Commissioner, the annual conferences that have been organized at the initiative of St. Mary’s University for the past 15 years provides valuable breeding ground for engagement between private and public educational institutions.
Education State Minister, Dr. Samuel Kifle said on his part the need of educated persons in Africa cannot be achieved by only public higher educational institutions.
The continent therefore needs the partnership of public and private educational institutions to expand and ensure quality of education, he added.
The country has 35 public, 4 private universities and more than 100 private colleges which run degree program.
St. Mary’s University President, Associate Professor Wondwosen Tamrat said ensuring quality of higher education requires the collaboration of both public and private institutions.
This conference is expected to increase the role of private and public educational institutions in improving quality education in Africa, he stressed.
Over 300 participants from public and private educational institutions in Africa are in attendance of the three-day conference being held under the theme: “Ensuring Quality through Public-Private Partnership/Regional Integration”.
Some fourteen of the research papers to be presented at the conference came from nine Ethiopian public and private universities and three other government institutions, while nine papers came from other African countries and the rest of world, namely Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Zimbabwe, USA, Germany and India.