Angola: EU Grants Over Eur 10 Million for Higher Education

Luanda — At least thirteen million euros were made available by the European Union (EU) to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESCTI) to support the Angolan higher education system in producing knowledge and promoting innovation.

The amount is being implemented by the French technical cooperation agency Expertise France, since December 2019, and will extend until 2024, through the UNI.AO - Higher Education Support Programme project.

Through the creation of new postgraduate courses, funds for research, training in relevant areas, UNI.AO intends to contribute to the training of specialized staff to face current and future challenges of the country.

On Monday, UNI.AO was officially launched, with the managers of both bodies initialing the agreements, respectively Maria Bragança Sambo (MESCTI) and Tomás Ulicny (EU).

In statements to the press, the coordinator of UNI.AO, Emanuel Catumbela specified that the project will help the higher institutions to train their staff locally, with the intention that others will also be trained according to their skills and help improve the economy of the community.

The initiative, according to the manager, will take place in two phases, the first for higher education management (managers, general and assistant directors, postgraduate course coordinators, administrative) and postgraduate, with a total of 200 candidates, divided 100 per phase, with training planned for next year as well as in 2022.

Speaking at the ceremony, MESCTI Minister Maria Bragança Sambo said that UNI.AO will help to train higher education institutions to be more qualified and, in this way, to match the best Universities in Africa, having pointed out post-graduation, scientific research and good management as challenges for the achievement of the desideratum.

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