By Finnish National Agency for Education
In 2014, through an open call, the first expedition of Finnish academics set out to learn more about the country, its colleges and future colleagues. The collaboration has since budded into new master’s programmes, digitalized libraries, functioning intranets, and dozens of trained professionals.
The objective of the Eritrea HEI ICI Programme is to support the development of sustainable institutional capacity in Eritrean higher education institutions. Based on a needs analysis for the
Eritrean Higher Education Sector, Human Resources Development and Institutional Capacity Development were identified as the priority areas to be addressed by Finland’s higher education support. For Eritrea, the development of human resources is a number one priority, and a cornerstone of its development strategy.
Higher education plays a critical role in creating a vibrant knowledge economy capable of meeting Eritrea’s sustainable development needs. The purpose of the programme has been to strengthen Eritrean higher education institutions (HEIs) through enhancing administrative, field-specific, methodological and pedagogical capacity.
Primarily, the cooperation has focused on four selected result areas:
• Enhanced management, leadership and governance capacities in higher education institutions;
• Improved information management in teaching and learning;
• Strengthened the role and relevance of the HEIs in development and society.
Eritrea has identified a need in competent teaching professionals in its higher education institutions. Many of the projects have sought to provide solutions to this very situation through curriculum development, student and staff mobility and training, research collaboration, and vast improvements in facilities.............