Burkina Faso Considers Partnership with Moscow’s Synergy University in Digital Sciences

By : Adoni Conrad Quenum

Date : jeudi, 11 avril 2024 16:49

Like many African countries, Burkina Faso is accelerating its digital transformation, affecting various sectors of activity. In the education sector, the country has decided to join forces with several universities, including Russia's Synergy University.

On Monday, April 8, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Adjima Thiombiano, welcomed a delegation from Moscow’s Synergy University, led by Denis Bondgreuskiy. The Russian university aims to share its expertise in digital sciences with Burkina Faso.

Synergy is a university that has built its education on the digital science system, and we would like to share this experience with Burkina Faso in terms of new technologies and science,” Bondgreuskiy said. The officials discussed many topics, including the educational systems of both countries and the significance of digital sciences in education.

The visit is part of a memorandum of understanding signed between Burkina Faso and Russia in various sectors, including higher education, last June. In December 2023, Synergy University President Vadim Lobov met with Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister, Apollinaire Joachimson Kyélèm de Tambèla, to discuss potential collaboration between the Russian university and Burkina Faso.

According to the “Measuring Digital Development: The ICT Development Index 2023” report published by the International Telecommunication Union in December 2023, Burkina Faso scored 28.5 out of 100 on the information and communication technology development index, ranking 40th in Africa. This score surpasses Madagascar’s 26.4 but falls short of DR Congo’s 29.1 in a ranking led by Morocco with 85.1.

Adoni Conrad Quenum


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