The Minister of State for Social Affairs, Carolina Cerqueira, said Thursday in Luanda that diversification of the national economy had a strong foundation in higher education, as it provided trained staff, as an effective way of generating human capital.
Carolina Cerqueira, who was speaking at the opening of the 7th Forum organised by the Association of Private Education Institutions of Angola (AIESPA), which is being held until Friday, 21, at the Jean Piaget University, stressed that higher education institutions should establish partnerships, preferably forming part of consortiums or networks, between universities and companies.
“The role of managers of higher education institutions is fundamental for the preparation of strategic plans that engage their partners and all stakeholders, in order to contribute to economic development and promoting the active participation of students in actions that grow social value,” she said.
For the Government minister, companies can conduct and redirect research and development towards new technologies and patents, develop new products and processes and improve the quality of their products.
During the event, which takes place under the motto “University-Business Partnership, Perspectives and Reflections around the Change of the Academic Paradigm”, themes such as “Integrated internships and adequacy of professional and academic curricula” and the “Role of research for scientific and technological innovation”, among other subjects, will be debated.