Very successful results for the ASICIAO project

The European project ASICIAO (Appropriation of International Standards for the Structuring of Engineering Courses in West Africa) will end in December 2023. The last scientific council took place at the beginning of October 2023 in Lomé (Togo): an opportunity to take stock and the prospects.
Launched in 2019, the project brought together European and African engineering schools: 6 Senegalese and Togolese schools* and 4 European institutions* including Grenoble INP - UGA, in a vast program to define quality in engineering education, according to international standards.

This week of work in Lomé was therefore an opportunity to review the progress of the results obtained and the follow-up to be given:

The 3 schools visit in Lomé: Université de Lomé, Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, l’Institut des nouvelles technologies appliquées, made it possible to measure the impact of this project on the training activities and governance of the schools: competency-based approach, working with stakeholders (students and companies), quality approach, continuous improvement, etc. The main beneficiaries are, of course, students, directly through changes in curriculum and pedagogy, and indirectly through the management of the institutions.

In Senegal and Togo, higher education institutions are now required to set up quality assurance units. In addition, national accreditation agencies, ANAQ-Sup* and ANAQES*, have been created. : ANAQ-Sup* and ANAQES*, have been created.

As part of this program, it was also a question of developing quality approaches and promoting the engineering training of these institutions at the international level, in particular via the CTI* and EUR-ACE* standards. During the scientific council, the participants gave feedback on the different task packages, the assessment of the equipment purchases validated as part of the project and above all showed the impacts of the project on their curriculum, on their pedagogical approaches and on their governance.

Online courses have been produced and are made available free of charge through the Université Numérique Cheikh Hamidou KANE .
The Ecole Polytechnique de Thiès is in the process of being accredited by the CTI* and the other schools in the project have completed the pre-eligibility files.
Finally, the Senegalese, Togolese and Cameroonian schools of ASICIAO and the Erasmus+ MOSE-FIC project (two projects led by the Université de Technologie de Troyes (UTT)), presented the Network of African Engineering Training Institutions (REFIA) project to set up a network of engineering schools in Africa.

This North-South collaboration program, which has come to an end, has therefore made it possible to obtain results in terms of upgrading, the creation of other sectors and a network of engineering training schools, in order to best meet the current and future needs of our societies.

* Togolese and Senegalese universities: Université de Lomé, Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, Institut des nouvelles technologies appliquées, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Ecole Polytechnique de Thiès, Université Gaston Berger, Université Numérique Cheikh Hamidou KANE
European universities: Université de Technologie de Troyes (UTT), Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Grenoble INP - UGA, Faculté Francophone de l'Université Technique de Sofia
ANAQ-Sup: National Authority for Quality Assurance of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
ANAQES: National Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Higher Education
CTI: Commission des titres d'ingénieurs (agency for accreditation of engineering schools and programs and of promoting engineering curricula and careers in France and abroad)
EUR-ACE: European Accredited Engineer

Photographic sources: Université de Lomé