At the initiative of the Francophone University Agency (AUF) of Central Africa and the Great Lakes, the Ministry of Higher Education (Minesup) gathered development partners and representatives of employers' and trade union groups on December 15, 2020, to lay the groundwork for the validation of acquired experience (VAE).
"This system is a way of obtaining degrees that takes into account the professional skills acquired through salaried, non-salaried, and voluntary activities directly related to the content of the title or degree," explains Wilfried Gabsa Nyomgbet, the Minesup's Secretary-General.
This approach, he continues, "appears to be a trigger in the sense that it is a solution to the problem of the adequacy between training and employment."
"Public authorities and employers see it as a great opportunity for many employees who have not been able to pursue studies, particularly in higher education, to access certification. Thus, the employee will no longer be judged according to his diploma, but according to his know-how," adds Donald Boulemou (pictured), AUF’s Deputy MD.
Obtaining certification by validating experience without going through training is part of the continuation of the Bachelor-Master-PhD reform implemented since 2007, which advocates, among other things, the professionalization of teaching.