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CINOP has won the tender for a new NICHE project at the University of Parakou in Benin.

Founded in 2001 in Parakou, Benin's second city, the University of Parakou (Université de Parakou) is a relatively young university. Since its establishment the university experiences a rapid growth. With less than 1,000 students in 2003, it now has more than 25,000 students in the academic year 2012-2013. 

The university faces many challenges. One of them is the lack of knowledge and application of modern forms of pedagogy and didactics in education. 

Generally, the teaching methods used by the teaching staff in Parakou are rather “old-fashioned”. Mostly, outdated theoretical knowledge is being taught in traditional “chalk & talk” method. The teacher is the focal point. In most cases, he/she reads from his / her old note book and the student writes it down, and that's it. 

Most teachers lack pedagogical knowledge. And for the few ones with sufficient pedagogical skills,  the size of the classes  and the lack of facilities, do not motivate to use active and modern teaching methods. 

To turn the tide, CINOP is selected to realize the project NICHE-BEN-203. This project aims to improve the capacity of the university in the field of pedagogy and quality assurance.

CINOP and its consortium partners Erasmus Expertise (France) and the University of Maastricht work together to:
  • Establish a unit (Centre de Pédagogie Universitaire et Assurance Qualité: CPUAQ) that will act as pedagogy and quality assurance center for the entire university. This center will offer support to various faculties in the areas of pedagogy and didactics and quality assurance. 

  • Develop a summer training programme in pedagogy and didactics to further train the current teaching staff in these areas.
  • Develop a curriculum in pedagogy that will be provided by a teacher training institute within the university (for future teachers of the university itself and beyond) 

  • Support a few faculties within the university with the introduction of the LMD systematics
  • Establish a Career Center of the University to improve the relationships with the labor market

The project will start in September 2014 and will end in August 2018. 

An amount of approximately € 1 million is available for this project.
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