CAMES: Prime Minister Sama Lukonde reaffirms Head of State Félix

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Kinshasa, May 27th, 2022 (CPA).- Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge reaffirmed the commitment and support of the Head of State, Félix Tshisekedi, and of the government for all the reforms initiated in the sector of the Higher and University Education (ESU), in its opening remarks on Thursday, at the Kempeski Hotel in Kinshasa, of the work of the 39th ordinary session of the African and Malagasy Council Ministers for Higher Education (CAMES). « The influence of higher and university education, research centers and higher education institutions, requires regional and intercontinental integration, including CAMES », he said, stressing that the holding of this 39th ordinary session of the CAMES Council of Ministers is an opportunity to recall the government orientations related to the reforms and development of the ESU sector. To this end, he mentioned the organization from September 6th to 14th, 2021 in Lubumbashi, of the State’s General of the ESU, which enabled the stakeholders to define the modalities for the development of this sector in the light of the framework law. on the organization of national education in 2014n while emphasizing that the government had instructed the Minister of ESU, Muhindo Nzangi during the Council of Ministers of October 15th,  2021 for the implementation of the resolutions resulting from these states general. The axes of this reform are, in particular, alignment with the License-Master-Doctorate (LMD) system, the digitization of universities, academic succession, the implementation of Quality Assurance, doctoral training, the consolidation of ESU sector for international standards. « These axes are not specific to the DRC, but concern all the countries of the CAMES space », he said, before expressing the need to share experiences through this 39th ordinary session of the council.  CAMES ministers Organized under the high patronage of the President of the Republic Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, the work of CAMES will be held from May 26th to 27th, 2022.

The Minister of ESU satisfied with the preparatory work for the 39th session of CAMES

The DRC ESU Minister, Muhindo Nzangi Butondo, said he was satisfied with the preparatory work of the CAMES Council of Ministers, carried out from May 23 to 24th, 2022, by experts from several countries around the world. “This work has enabled the implementation of the draft resolutions to be validated by the ministers as well as the organization, on May 25th, of the meeting of technical and financial experts,” he said. The DRC joined the CAMES space in 2011 while this organization has existed since 1968, he recalled, stressing the need to benefit from the experience of other nations for the visibility of universities and higher institutes. « While reassuring that the DRC is in the process of carrying out reforms to its higher and university education », he said that the LMD system was generalized during the 2022-2022 academic year. For his part, the ai secretary general of CAMES, Professor Abou Mapon, welcomed this good organization of the 39th in the DRC, a hospitable land. This session, he indicated, is an appropriate framework for the ministers to take the imperative and courageous decisions to build a strong CAMES that meets the aspirations of the States as well as a bright future for ESU in Africa and in the world.

Call to make CAMES a true leader in the region in ESU

The Ivorian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Adama Diawara, who chairs these meetings, called for the firm commitment of CAMES member states to make the said regional organization a true leader in the region in higher education and scientific research. The CAMES, he underlined, is our common tool for integration into higher education and active solidarity. He also wanted to see this work be fruitful and reflect the need for innovative activities to be carried out within this space. The Ivorian minister had previously conveyed the greetings of the Ivorian President to his DRC counterpart, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo.