Modernisation and Professionalization of eight institutes of higher learning in Mali

22 January 2022

Continent: Africa

Duration: 2014-2018

Donor: le Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique

Partner: Association des Universités Africaines (Ghana) | Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France) | Cocktail Office SARL (France) | YES Inc. Mali (Mali)

29 July 2017

Mali’s higher education and research sector faces many challenges affecting both its internal and external efficiency and effectiveness. These include poor governance, limited quality and relevancy, gender inequalities and inequities, mismatch between offerings and labour market needs, etc.

Related to the foregoing, Mali launched an in-depth reform process of the sector since 2011. This complete overhaul of the system aims at changing drastically the system to enable it sustainably play its role efficiently and effectively towards national development. The revamped higher education sector should fulfil satisfactorily its missions and mandates and contribute to societal advancement. One of the major axes of the sector reform focusses on the establishment of a new governance of the system. This improved governance shall enable on the one hand the government to fully play its policing and directing roles that benefit the whole system, and on the other hand help the higher education institutions to become positive actors of the system delivering the highly needed relevant results which are expected by the society at large. The present NICHE project fully fits into the complete reform of the system.

Three main recipient organisations will benefit directly from the NICHE project:

  • le Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique (MESRS)
  • 9 public higher education institutes
  • le Centre Interuniversitaire de Ressources Numériques (CIRN)

Type of services provided

To modernise the governance throughout the whole higher education and research sector in Mali, CINOP and its consortium partners will work towards:

  • Governance: pertaining to governance, the Consortium will work towards implementing the so-called “Results Based Management (RBM)”.
  • The introduction of this managerial concept will go pair with the development of governance structures and instrument, the training of Management of the HEIs as well as members of newly established governance structures, the development and institutionalisation of training modules in governance, the introduction of performance contracts; etc.
  • Quality Assurance: establishment and capacity building of QA structure in each HEI, execution of a pilot audit at selected HEIs.
  • ICT:  development of ICT policies and strategies in higher education and research at the national level (ministry) and at the level of each HEI; deployment of the full package of the management information system called PGI Cocktail throughout the whole higher education sector (introduction of the software, the delivery of services, and the support). In short, an holistic package is developed that will enable delivering the PGI Cocktail turn-key.
  • Distance learning (e-learning): CIRN and the HEIs will be capacitated so as to boost the development and expansion of e-learning; ToT for a mixed group (staff of CIRN and from the HEIs) in the development and production of e-learning programmes (modules, MOOCs, etc.), supervision, assessment and guidance of e-learners; e-learning programmes in Food Security and Sexual Reproduction Health will be developed and offered as pilot.
  • Gender: as cross-cutting theme in all aspects of the project; a gender audit executed; development and subsequent implementation of Gender Plans in each of the participating HEI; gender focal point/unit established and capacitated in each HEI; an inter-university gender platform established for sharing best pratices and as liaison between HEIs and governmental structures.
  • Labour market: an incubator will be established; curricula will be redesigned to include development of entrepreneur skills and competences; “Career Center” within each participating HEI established; Alumni association establishment; tracer system introduced.

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