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Private HE must promote itself better – Institute head

Private higher education institutions must promote their system and expertise better, as Senegal’s government needs the private sector to enrol more than 20,000 students and to attract students from abroad, says Mamadou Diop, president of the Higher Institute of Entrepreneurship and Management – Institut Supérieur d’Entrepreneurship et de Gestion, or ISEG.

“This year, more than 55,000 new students are expected in universities, and the state must prepare for private institutions to admit more than 20,000,” said Diop during the Ministry of Higher Education and Research day at the international fair, Foire Internationale de Dakar, reported the Agence de Presse Sénégalaise or APS.

He described a partnership between the ministry and ISEG – a private institution offering higher and vocational education and training, especially online – that was genuine and pragmatic, and concerned a number of approaches.

Taking into account the high number of students who must be placed in the private sector, said Diop, ISEG “wants to provide a solution to the problems of school-leavers who have passed their baccalauréat fulfilling their choice of studies”.

“Through this public-private partnership we want to sell the private system of education and expertise” in order to attract “the maximum number of foreign students to Senegal”.

ISEG has branches in 34 towns throughout Senegal and is progressively establishing itself in other African countries – so far Djibouti, Comoros, Gabon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Mali and Guinea – with plans to become established in a total of about 20 in coming years, said Diop.

* This article is drawn from local media. University World News cannot vouch for the accuracy of the original reports.
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