Sustainable Development in Africa & Satellites - page 112

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Ocean and involves the Reunion Regional
Institut de Recherche pour le
(IRD) and
Université de La
. The SEAS-OI facility will receive
images and data from sensors on board
satellites, with broad geographical coverage
of all the islands in the western Indian
Ocean, a large part of Mozambique, part
of Tanzania, Swaziland, part of Zimbabwe
and part of South Africa and the two major
maritime zones formed by the western
Indian Ocean and the Mozambique Channel.
Regional and international cooperation and
support for research and the development
of spatial applications must all be continued
and amplified. However, it also seems clear
that the success of Africa also requires
the education and training of Africans
in Africa. This needs ambitious policies
and programmes to support and develop
African universities in partnership with their
counterparts in the northern countries.
There are obviously numerous brakes to
this, especially as there are problems of
governance in many African countries; in
addition, higher education and research
are not among the priorities of those who
govern. North-South partnerships must
be developed in Africa to provide high-level
training and to halt the brain drain.
Pr Hassan Bencherif
Université de La Réunion, Laboratoire
de l’Atmosphère et des Cyclones (LACy)
CNRS / Université / Météo-France
Saint-Denis La Réunion
Pr Solofo Rakotondraompiana
Remote Sensing and Environmental
Geophysics Laboratory Institute &
Observatory of Geophysics
Antananarivo (IOGA)
University of Antananarivo
Training engineers and technicians
Set up after African independence at the initiative of 14 countries in
French-speaking Africa, the
Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de
(2iE, International Institute for Water and Environmental
Engineering) has been an international foundation under the law of Burkina
Faso since 2005 and is based in Ouagadougou; its mission is the training of
the engineers and technicians that the continent needs for its development.
Supported by international partnerships with leading universities and
companies, 2iE is a reference in Africa in training and research in the fields
of water, energy, civil engineering, mining and the environment. The 2iE
engineeringdegreehasbeen recognisedsince2009by theFrenchEngineering
DegreeCommissionand the courses haveEuropeanEUR-ACE®accreditation
for engineering degree programmes. In order to meet the growing needs
of companies and the public authorities for qualified persons, 2iE recently
became associated with HEC and Medef International for the creation of an
‘Institut d’Afrique’ devoted to professional training in Africa.
Pr Amadou Hama Maiga, Mali, Deputy General Director, 2iE
The Sentinel-3 satellites of the Copernicus (ex-GMES) European project will provide high-accuracy optical, radar and altimetry data for marine and land
services. They will come out from this Assembly Integration and Tests (AIT) room. Thales Alenia Space
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