IUCEA and World Bank Team Visit China to Strengthen Collaboration for TVET Capacity Building

IUCEA and World Bank Team Visit China to Strengthen Collaboration for TVET Capacity Building

By Godwin Bonge Muhwezi
A delegation from the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the World Bank recently visited China to strengthen collaboration between countries in East Africa and China to enhance the quality and relevance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs in the region.

The delegation included Prof. Gaspard Banyankimbona, the Executive Secretary of IUCEA, and Dr. Xiaoyan Liang, the Lead Education Specialist at the World Bank and Dr. Cosam Joseph, the Regional Project Coordinator for the East African Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP).

During the visit to China, the team met with students on EASTRIP-China TVET Scholarship, Senior Officials from the Ministry of Education in China, and senior management of Guanghzhou Technician College (GZTC).

The visit also provided the team with an opportunity to interact directly with the scholarship recipients to gain insights into their experiences while studying in China.


Prof. Gaspard Banyankimbona, the Executive Secretary of IUCEA, and Dr. Xiaoyan Liang, the Lead Education Specialist at the World Bank and Dr. Cosam Joseph, the Regional Project Coordinator for EASTRIP with students undertaking post graduate studies in China under the EASTRIP-China TVET Scholarship.

The IUCEA Executive Secretary, Prof. Gaspard Banyankimbona, expressed his gratitude for the commitment shown by the Government of China, through the Ministry of Education, in supporting TVET capacity building in East Africa. He emphasized the importance of the partnership in improving the quality of TVET programs in 16 Regional Flagship TVET Institutes in the region.

Dr. Xiaoyan Liang, the Lead Education Specialist at the World Bank, reiterated the Bank’s commitment to support EASTRIP in fostering collaboration between TVET institutes in East Africa and strategic partners in China. She highlighted the potential for transforming economies in East Africa through quality and demand driven TVET programs.

The visit followed the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2019 between the Inter-University Council for East Africa, the Regional Facilitation Unit for EASTRIP, the Ministry of Education in China, and the World Bank. Through this MoU, the Government of the People’s Republic of China pledged to provide 100 scholarships over a five-year period to TVET young lecturers and trainers from selected Regional Flagship TVET Institutes to pursue postgraduate degrees at top universities in China.

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IUCEA Team with GZTC Team during the visit to the GZTC Campus

The partnership between IUCEA, the World Bank and China’s Ministry of Education has played a significant role in facilitating collaboration between EASTRIP and Guangzhou Technician College (GZTC), one of the top technical institutes in Guangzhou province in China. The collaboration paved the way for signing of an MoU between IUCEA and GZTC in 2021 which has resulted in opportunities for benchmarking, exchange, and learning between GZTC and EASTRIP Regional Flagship TVET Institutes (RFTIs).

For instance, at the height of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, GZTC took the initiative to offer a series of nine webinars for capacity building of RFTIs in various topics in leadership development, TVET professional teacher training, curriculum development and review, and strengthening industry linkages, among other topics.

The Writer is the Project Communication Officer for EASTRIP at IUCEA.

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