By – SAnews.gov.za
Pretoria – Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and his Angolan counterpart Adoao Gaspar Ferreira do Nascimento have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work jointly in the areas of education.
Minister Nzimande is in Angola on a ministerial visit.
According to the department, the objective of the agreement is the development of cooperation between the two countries in the sphere of education, more specifically on higher education.
According to the agreement, the parties shall cooperate by enhancing technical support on the basis of mutual interest in the agreed areas including, but not limited to, quality assurances, evaluation and accreditation of courses, teacher education and training.
This agreement will also include soliciting third parties for funding of scholarships, e-learning, capacity building in Education Management System (EMIS), and higher education planning.
“Promotion of direct cooperation and partnerships in our institutions of higher learning such as in the research work, publications, exchange of educational information and expertise will be pursued,” Minister Nzimande said.
A joint Technical Committee consisting of three officials from each party shall be established consistent with the agreement to monitor the implementation of its elements based on the plan of action from the agreement.
The Committee will meet once a year alternating between the two countries for the next three years.
“I am very excited by the signing of this agreement between South Africa and Angola in the area of Higher Education and Training.
“Our both countries shares rich history during our liberation struggle. Angola became home to many of our leaders and cadres from the now ruling ANC and its Alliance. Our relations was cemented during this difficult time and it is with greatest pleasure that both governments continue to cooperate on important areas like education to uplift our people,” Minister Nzimande said.