Career Development, Inclusiveness and Quality Assurance training in Mozambique


At the end of February, combined activities took place at the ISPM campus in Chimoio, Mozambique with, Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and Q-Point bv, providing trainings in parallel on Career Services and Quality Assurance.

A four days training on Career Services, Talent, Personal Development and Inclusion was developed by Ms Hermina Kooyman, Manager of the Career Development team at MSM and Ms. Olivia Ansenk, Senior Consultant from Q-Point. During the interactive training, staff from three Mozambique partner organizations,  IIAM, ISPM and IIAC assessed their career development capacities, discussed the barriers within the institutions regarding career services (and how to potentially overcome these), reviewed the “must-haves” (toolkit) in a Career Services Department and created an action plan per institution, strategizing how to grow the career services offering in the next 3 years. To present the developed plans and get buy-in from the highest level of the institute, the directors were invited to attend the final session. Here the staff of each institute presented their developed action plan that will help strengthen the institutes career services department.

The training was highly appreciated by the participants and the directors confirmed that the various action plans were tangible ideas that could be implemented. Participants were looking forward to growing their various career services further, especially with a new focus of inclusivity.

Strengthening quality assurance
At the same time, a group of teachers and staff related to Quality Assurance from ISPM discussed with Ms. Liliana Bedoya, MSM project consultant, the challenges regarding quality assurance for the institution. The main topics of interest were in the areas of developing student centered approaches, evidence of learning results and internationalization, which are requirements that the government of Mozambique requests.

Throughout the training week, the teachers evaluated the learning objectives of the programs and worked together drafting tools to capture quantifiable information about student’s learning. The teachers appreciated the discussions about these topics and identified the gaps in the institutional capacity and the interpretations of the international trends.

Challenging the gender perspective
In the middle of this week of training and working sessions, on Wednesday afternoon, a special seminar was organized on the topic of “Gender Perspective”. Over 100 participants composed of NGOs, Students, Professors, and various Government representatives of the region were present for this event, and after a presentation given by Ms. Olivia Ansenk, consultant from Q-Point a debate was opened for all participants on the challenges that they are facing in this domain, the work that has been done and the action plans that are required to continue creating awareness about this perspective. All the ideas were taken up by the Provincial Director of “Women, Children and Social Welfare”, and discussed in parliament later that week.

About the project
This project is managed by Maastricht School of Management and Q-Point in the Netherlands in collaboration with Instituto Superior Politécnico de Manica (ISPM) in Mozambique, and promotes resource smart green technologies in technical professional and higher education, to increase Mozambique’s food production and nutrition security. Within this project MSM forms a consortium with Polytechnic Institute of Braganca (IPB), University of Lisbon – School of Agriculture (ISA), CITAVERDE bedrijfsopleidingen, Q-Point B.V., CESO Consultancy and Delphy B.V.. The Mozambican partners and beneficiries include Instituto Superior Politécnico de Manica (ISPM), Instituto de investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM) and Instituto Médio Técnico-Profissional Agrário de Chimoio (IMTPAC).

Orange Knowledge Programme
This project is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. For more information click here.

MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies

This institutional collaboration project is part of MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies. The department is an expert centre on local economic development in emerging and developing markets.‚Äč We capacitate managers and professionals from government, private sector, NGOs, and post-secondary education in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. We offer consultancy and customized training programs, and we manage complex projects in key sectors, e.g. water, agriculture and health. For more information click here.

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