VC CALLS FOR SMOOTH TAKE OFF, AS ACE IMPACT BOOTCAMP ENDS IN DJIBOUTI

The VC gave this charge at the 10th ACE 1 workshop and ACE Impact Bootcamp which took place from the 18th – 26th of February, 2019 in Djibouti, East Africa.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Emmanuel Udensi, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the World Bank is interested in getting Africa developed by providing grants and credits for the implement a lot of projects that stimulate economic growth.

He described the workshop as an exciting one and a good training which will strengthen the capacity of the staff towards a smooth running of the centre.

Prof. Bala noted that the five year term of the project has begun counting and enjoined the team to work together with its partners and stakeholders to achieve the implementation plan of the project.

The Vice-Chancellor further reiterated the University’s commitment to the Centre adding that ACEMFS will get full institutional support as its success will attract national and international reference to the University.

In his opening remarks, The ACE Impact Task Team Leader (World Bank), Mr. Andreas Bloom said the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD) in collaboration with African governments have conditionally identified 44 ACEs (26 new ones and 18 from ACE 1); five Emerging centres, five colleges and schools of engineering for funding through this new phase called “ACE IMPACT,” adding that it is critical that they get the new ACEs started in the right direction by providing experts to guide them and secure Vice-Chancellors support.

Mr. Bloom disclosed that the ACE IMPACT Project is as a result of the amazing success of the ACE1 institution adding that they produced over 2000 PhD’s and are counting on the new ACE to scale it up to 5000.

On his part, the Centre Leader, ACEMFS, Prof. Hussaini Makun said it was a laudable decision by the World Bank , Association of Africa Universities (AAU), National Universities Commission (NUC) and French Development Agency (AFD) to have organised the boothcamp.

Prof. Makun noted that the bootcamp for ACE Impact which are the new centres, has clearly taught the participants how to effectively operate the centre and strategies on implementation plan, just as it created a platform for networking with the ACE1.

He pointed out that the centre aims at creating learning opportunities and research results that will address Africa’s shortage of expertise in food safety and applicable solutions to ensure the safe, controlled and sufficient food supply that will support economic growth and public health, particularly in West and Central Africa.

Prof. Makun expressed optimism that ACEMFS will be a success story as it has the full support of the Management of the University as well as 46 partners across the six continents of the world, comprising national academic, sectoral and regional partners.

He added that the centre has established links with international institutions that are into food and technology research adding that AAU has opened a platform for all ACE’s in Africa for interrelation.

The centre leader noted that the regulatory bodies in the West and Central African countries have indicated interest to partner with ACEMFC in terms of training to acquire higher degrees in the area of food safety and toxicology which will help them evaluate their food, do toxicological evaluation and establish their own legislative standards.

The ACE for Development Impact was attended by the World Bank, AAU, AFD, NUC and other stakeholders. The Conference was declared open by the President of the Republic of Djibouti, His Excellency, Mr. Ismail Omar Guellen on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti City, Djibouti.

Discussions at the workshop focused on the challenges of establishing centres of excellence which includes getting international accreditation, student centreredness, bridging the Francophone and Anglophone language barrier, World Bank/AFD procedures and requirements and achieving the disbursement link indicators results. There were also plenary sessions for VCs to discuss with their centres.

It was noted at the workshop that the ACEs and University must work fast, efficiently and effectively to meet the project objective in a timely manner as well as have regular dialogues for learning, reviewing progress and jointly solving any challenges.

The nine ACEMFS Administrative Officers were in attendance.


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