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What are the visions for science in Africa ? 15 - Amadou Tidiane Ndiaye: adapt education to the needs of economy

Senegal wants to create an appropriate environment for scientists, in terms of status and working conditions.

"The main vision is the adequation of education with the needs of the economy. It is quite narrow and at the same time very ambitious.

This is quite narrow for a country like Senegal, which has less than fifteen million inhabitants and a surface area of two hundred thousand square kilometres. We have to look elsewhere for skills to train Senegalese people, and that's a tradition in our country.

The law about hiring teacher-researchers and researchers makes no distinction between Senegalese and non-Senegalese. We recruit Senegalese, Africans and Europeans alike. Whatever your nationality, it is not an obstacle to your commitment.

When you enter the Senegalese civil service, you follow exactly the same career as any Senegalese. You have the same salary, benefits and pension. And certainly Senegal is the only African country to have non-Senegalese candidates to the CAMES.

At the same time, it means preparing and improving the environment to bring people in. Outside this status issue, salaries are relatively comfortable. It is attractive too. Wages have been significantly improved. We are currently receiving Europeans who are leaving Europe to come to Senegal.

The third element, in terms of the environment, is the environment for research and training and research and development.

There is the creation of shared centres, with the acquisition of a super computer around which there is a scientific ecosystem being installed, with bachelors in Big Data, in molecular genetics. There is a whole set of scientific activities that are developed for the mastery of basic and advanced technologies.

It is in an embryonic state, so the needs are extremely important."

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