The Ecole des Ponts accompanies higher education institutions in in fast growing economy countries in the world, in order to: Improve the quality of training and its relevance to the labour market and society; Improve the level of competences and skills by developing or modernizing curricula; Strengthen management, governance and innovation capacities, as well as the internationalization of institutions, factors of sustainability.
As member of ParisTech network, the École des Ponts ParisTech actively contributes to discussions and actions carried out to develop multilateral cooperation with English-speaking African countries academic partners.
Two tracks are explored:
• On one hand, in Kenya with the University of Nairobi:
A lot of exchanges and two exploration trips enabled the teams to meet and exchange. Supported by AFD, this project goal is to support this partner in the revamping of its engineering curriculum. Discussions will continue between the stakeholders, in order to study the feasibility of the project and define the potential pattern of this cooperation.
• On the other hand, in Ghana with the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), based in Tarkawa and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), based in Kumasi:
Support for the development of these two partners research activities is under consideration. This collaboration could include research trips, co-supervision or joint supervision of doctoral thesis supervised by one of the Ghanaian universities and the École des Ponts ParisTech.
Exchanges and meetings between the École des Ponts ParisTech team and their colleagues from the World Bank Centers of Excellence located in Ghana took place too. The Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Center Kumasi (RWESCK) and the Regional Transport Research and Education Centre Kumasi (TRECK) were approached. In both cases, the know-how and research expertise of the École des Ponts ParisTech laboratories: LEESU and HM&Co for water-related subjects and the Transport Mobility Cities Laboratory for mobility and transport issues are perfectly in line with these Research Centers goals. Joint work on research projects or co-supervised thesis would develop the skills of these new partners and give African teams access to cutting-edge technical resources and equipment.