2nd Professional Forum: ‘Understanding Eritrea Higher Education Strategies’

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On the occasion of Eritrea’s 26th Independence Anniversary, Embassy of the State of Eritrea to UK & Ireland organized the 2nd Professional Forum on Saturday 6th May 2017 in London UK.

Mr. Saleh Abdella, first Secretary of the Embassy, presented the opening remarks by welcoming the participants and wishing the event a success. Its aim is to start mobilizing Eritrean professionals towards the establishment of strong, viable and vibrant associations and to establish practical and formal links with institutions in Eritrea.

Following a short introduction the event was kicked off with a presentation by Dr. Zerai Woldehiwet, Chairperson of the Advisory Board. He eloquently briefed on the volunteering program, Memorandum of understanding and its implications on internees and professionals who travel to Eritrea, achievements recorded in the last six months along with the challenges faced and the means used to overcome them.

Members of the Advisory Board, Dr.Tekeste Ghebray and Dr. Hailu Embaye, further underlined the key role in developing curriculum and skills transfer, strategy where educated and professional Eritreans in the UK can contribute to the nation building process.

The event brought together a number of  scholars with specific interests in Eritrea and was an opportunity for specialists and experts, in all sectors and fields to discuss:-

  1. The importance of networking, mobilization & organization of Eritrean Professionals in the UK.
  2. Creating national capacity and the role and contribution of Eritrean professionals.
  3. The changing world, global trends and the challenges of Eritrean professionals in the UK.

The speakers provide insight into the challenges and opportunities for the higher education in Eritrea, and discuss the most important issues.

Mr. Yohannes Fasil, member of the Advisory Board stressed the importance of knowledge exchange and chaired the session under the theme “Understanding Eritrea Higher Education Strategies” where the speakers provide insight into the challenges and opportunities for the higher education in Eritrea, and discuss the most important issues.

Ms. Mebrak Ghebreweldi, DRI, Prof. Tove Sorensen – Bentham, Brighton University and Eng. Sium Yohannes, share their experiences on working in Eritrea, share facts on the ground in building human capacity, education services and opportunities, gave  insightful presentation on their experiences in Eritrea.

Mr.Yohannes Fasil noted on the aim to actively identify and build relationships with potential scholars as well as to nurture and solidify the relationship with existing partners.

Towards the end of the presentation, the participants were given the opportunity to ask questions, adequate answers including current achievements with regards to the National Commission for Higher Education (NCHE) goals, as well as the policies that the government of Eritrea is taking on the overall diversification for the purposes of sustainability were clearly explained.

According to the participants, the outcome of the seminar was enlightening and was one that gave an insight into the overall issue of all the institutions of higher education. In addition to that, most of the participants expressed extreme satisfaction in the presentation.