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CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF ANGOLA: CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE OBJECTIVES Filippo Nardin and Eric Milton Angola Educational Assistance Fund University Club, Washington, DC, 2001/01/17. SUMMARY. Angola Educational Assistance Fund (AEAF) Quick overview Catholic University of Angola (UCAN)

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CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF ANGOLA: CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE OBJECTIVESFilippo Nardin and Eric MiltonAngola Educational Assistance FundUniversity Club, Washington, DC, 2001/01/17

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  • Angola Educational Assistance Fund (AEAF)

    • Quick overview

  • Catholic University of Angola (UCAN)

    • Quick overview

    • People, Departments, Infrastructure

    • Development of a Computer Engineering Curriculum (2001)

  • Long term funding strategies

    • Creation of a Scholarship Fund (2002)

  • Michael Kennedy’s legacy

    • Seed funding, mechanism for continuous financial support

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  • The Angola Educational Assistance Fund (AEAF) was created by Citizens Energy in March 1996 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to support the establishment of the Catholic University of Angola (UCAN)

  • AEAF promotes collaboration between higher education institutions and development organizations, in Angola and abroad

  • AEAF seeks the involvement of the private sector in educational activities in Angola

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  • Established as an open university, its admission criteria are based solely on merit, its purpose being to serve Angola and its people

  • UCAN was officially inaugurated on October 19, 1999

  • There are currently 1200+ students enrolled

  • Its presence has created an alternative to state-sponsored education that encourages higher academic standards

  • Departments established: Law (1999), Economics (1999), Management/BA (1999), Computer Engineering (2001)

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  • Chanceler:Dom Alexandre do Nascimento, Cardeal de Luanda

  • Reitor: Dom Damião Franklin, Arcebispo de Luanda 

  • Vice-Reitor: P. Dr. Filomeno Vieira-Dias

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Department of Law

  • Duration: 4 years

  • Begin first class: March 1999

  • Students currently enrolled: 468

  • First graduates: October 2003

  • Dean: Prof. Aderito Correia (Universidade de Coimbra)

  • Activities include open workshops, e. g. on society and human rights (JUN 2000), on the introduction of a new labor law (NOV 2000), and on a new custom law (MAR 2001).

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Departments of Economics and Management

  • Duration: 4 years

  • Begin first class: March 1999

  • Students currently enrolled: 364

  • First graduates: October 2003

  • Dean: Prof. Justino Pinto de Andrade (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

  • Coordinator for the Department of Management: Luis Amarale (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

  • Last 2 years separate classes for the courses of Economics and Management

  • Collaboration of the departments with private sector is encouraged

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Department of Computer Engineering

  • Duration: 5 years (3 undergraduate + 2 graduate)

  • Begin first class: March 2001

  • Students currently enrolled: 115

  • First undergraduates: October 2004

  • First graduates: October 2006

  • Coordinator: Prof. Aires Veloso (Universidade de Aveiro)

  • Activities have included a conference on Internet in Angola in JUN 2001

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Computer Classroom

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Internet access area

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  • Curriculum development resulted from a collaborative effort (Angolan-driven, int’l team)

  • Survey among oil companies and banks operating in Angola provided crucial information

  • Curriculum addresses Angola’s unique requirements

    • Exclude “non-relevant” topics, include practical ones

    • Exit point with “computer literate” degree after first year

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  • Curriculum includes the possibility of a direct involvement of private sector in academic activities

    • Teaching of selected classes at UCAN

  • Internship programs

  • Visits by students and staff to local industries, organizations and ICT-related facilities

  • Professional development programs for industry local staff at UCAN, organization of seminars and conferences

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  • Objectives

    • Contribute to the long term financial sustainability of the University

    • Eliminate financial discrimination for enrolled and applying students

    • Creation of a professionally managed investment fund with the ability to offer 1000 scholarships per year within 5 years

  • Sustainability ensured through:

    • Contributions from UCAN, AEAF, other organizations

    • Consistent loan repayment

    • Return on invested assets

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Identify local bank in Angola, enter agreement

Consult loan management professionals

Identify fund management group

Create Board of Trustees

Ensure legal framework for international transactions

Determine size of loans

Establish disbursement method

Establish repayment method

Consider loan default rate, develop measures to minimize consequent losses

Create repayment deferral method (e.g. for hardship)



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