Across the Oceans: APEC and Africa for Robust Higher Education
4 September 2021
Africans’ quality of life is directly related to quality of education
Many Africans, and this includes Ethiopians, have benefited from the excellent education offered by Far Eastern University. Hundreds of thousands of Africans graduated from Soviet universities, and many students continue to study in Russia now. Therefore, on behalf of all Africans and my country, I would like to thank Russia for its contribution to the development of Africa, in particular in education. I believe that education is a key condition for technological development, innovation, and all human activity. A better quality of life is usually associated with a higher income, but it in fact requires an education of better and higher quality — Alemayehu Tegenu, Ethiopian Ambassador to Russia.
The fourth industrial revolution requires new approaches to education and timely, high-quality solutions
The topic of higher education during the fourth industrial revolution is particularly relevant. Especially in a world where each country is experiencing its own special, unique experience of becoming. Effective exchange of resources in the globalized world in which we find ourselves today requires speedy, high-quality, and at the same time, scrupulous and accurate decisions. I am very glad that we now have the opportunity to voice our problems and share ideas and different approaches, which, I hope, will be manifested in the future — Valeria Bien, Board Member of the African Business Initiative Union.
The coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted the quality of education in Asia and Africa
Large associations such as OPEC, consisting of 54 developed economies, could potentially provide their young people with a better life [...] for the sustainable development of their country. As the world becomes more competitive and economies undergo the fourth industrial revolution, we must improve people’s skills in order to meet the needs of the labour market. On the one hand, the epidemiological situation and the COVID-19 pandemic have hit the countries of Asia and Africa so hard that it affected the quality of education, while on the other, it has made education all the more necessary for sustainable development — Nataliya Zaiser, Chair of the Board, Africa Business Initiative Union.
Africa may become less competitive globally as a result of the slow pace of economic modernization
It's no secret that most of Africa’s economies have found it difficult to modernize since becoming full-fledged participants in world politics. Moreover, almost 70 years after most of the countries gained their independence, the global work environment and its competitiveness and rapid development are bringing the urgent issue of education to the forefront. Cultivating qualified personnel on the youngest continent would probably be one of the best contributions to the development of the global economy anyone could make — Valeria Bien, Board Member of the African Business Initiative Union.
Shared experiences and collaboration with other countries will help Africa adopt best practices
Education is definitely of vital importance and empowers young people to be successful. When we talk about mobility, […] it’s of great importance for solving social issues and for economic issues. This is what the Groningen Declaration is all about. The Groningen Declaration Network provides an opportunity to ensure the mobility of university graduates. […] The network was created in Holland in 2012, and at the moment (it includes – ed.) about 100 network members from 30 countries. It is a global non-governmental organization, and one of the key components of its activity is facilitating learning from one other. Participants (organizations - ed.) interact with each other and meet in different countries every year — Anthony Manahan, Director of the Groningen Declaration Network.
We (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology – ed.) are the first private institution of higher education specializing in agriculture. We can boast 23 departments across six faculties, including biotechnology and healthcare among other disciplines. We have about 13,000 students. […] The university has a long history of working with Africans. In the 70s, we signed 3 memorandums [...] with Tanzania, Djibouti, and Kenya. Since then, approximately 200 alumni have worked in volunteer programmes in Africa. Many of our university graduates have also worked in research centres in Africa — Kanju Ohsawa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.