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«ENSEA Francophone Africa leader in statistics and economic quantitative methods training PRESENTATION Vocation – Academic Teaching – Professional ...»

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Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Union – Discipline – Work

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Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

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Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d'Economie Appliquée

ENSEA

Francophone Africa leader in statistics

and economic quantitative methods training

PRESENTATION

Vocation – Academic Teaching – Professional Training Program

Research – Admissions – Information

CONTENTS

I – THE STATISTICIAN’S JOB

II –ENSEA COLLEGE VOCATION

III – ENSEA COLLEGE HISTORY

IV – ENSEA COLLEGE TRAINING PROGRAM

V – ENSEA GRADUATE CAREER

VI – PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM

VII – RESEARCH AT ENSEA COLLEGE

VIII – THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

IX - THE COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION PROGRAM

X – THE REGISTRATION FILE

XI - INFORMATION

I – THE STATISTICIAN’S JOB The statistician's job is to collect, analyze and disseminate information. Today, it is not limited to the exploitation of numerous data from demographic, economic or sociologic surveys. It also covers all the studies or researches in which a great number of explanatory factors require an interpretation technique based on knowledge of the “laws of hazard.” The statistician’s role is to describe, summarize or effectively quantify information in order to reach, from these often incomplete and specific observations, general conclusions. It is clear that some type of uncertainty affects these results. One of the objectives of the statistical method is to measure and to reduce that uncertainty. To this end, the statistician tries to model the studied phenomena while retaining the most plausible hypotheses, in order to achieve a more precise description of reality.

Statistics’ application field is very large and constitutes an interest not only for economic actors inside the public and private sectors, but for researchers and teachers too.

The production of statistical data and their use, which are often the basis for important decisions, add to the rigorous and fascinating nature of the statistician’s job.

II –ENSEA COLLEGE VOCATION

ENSEA College of Abidjan is an institution whose vocation is to train statisticians for French speaking countries.

That training is ensured through 4 levels of degree programs designed in accordance with the students’ recruitment level.

! The “Ingénieurs Statisticiens Economistes” (ISE)

- Equivalent to a master of art level in statistics and economics

- Their training lasts 3 years ! The “Ingénieur des Travaux Statistiques” (ITS)

- Equivalent to a bachelor of art level in statistics and economics

- Their training lasts 2 years ! The “Adjoints Techniques de la Statistique” (AD)

- Their training lasts 2 years ! The “Agents Techniques de la Statistique” (AT)

- Their training lasts 1 year In addition, ENSEA College proposes a professional training program for executives of public and private administrations. It is also gradually building its capacities in statistical, economic and human development research.

III – ENSEA COLLEGE HISTORY

An Application College was created in 1961 at the Department of Statistics and Economic Studies of Côte d’Ivoire.

In the beginning, that College only trained civil servants working as Statistical Technical Agents (AT) who were recruited through professional testing among the clerks of the service or through direct testing that was open to scientific Baccalaureat holders or to any scientific 13th grade level student, subject to his or her passing the Baccalaureat.

In 1963, the Application College was called 'Ecole de Statistique' and became a teaching institution under the direct authority of the then Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Planning. Its function is extended to include the training of higher level executives known as “Works Supervisors” in 2 years. After undergoing various reforms aimed at improving the level of the executives trained, that department delivers the degree of the “Ingénieurs des Travaux Statistiques” (ITS) today.

In 1968, the College experiences a new development with the creation of another body of statisticians: that of the “Adjoints Techniques de la Statistique” (AD).

In June 1969, because of its increasingly international feature, a law set up the College as a higher education public institution which is a legal entity with financial autonomy.

In 1982, decree n°82.219 of March 3, 1982 extended the mission of the College to include the training of statistical executives at the highest level. The same decree also gave it the name “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique d'Economie Appliquée" or ENSEA.

In 1987, the ENSEA College opened the “Ingénieurs Statisticiens Economistes” (ISE) department to replace the European Training Center for Statisticians from Developing Countries (CESD) located at ENSAE College in Paris.

To this day, ENSEA College is the only statistical training institution in sub-Saharan Africa that simultaneously delivers four types of training for all Francophone countries of that region. The recruitment area is gradually extending to include Haïti and Lusophone and Anglophone African countries.





IV – ENSEA COLLEGE TRAINING PROGRAM

1 - The « Ingénieurs Statisticiens Economistes » (ISE) Division The ISE degree is equivalent to a master of art in statistics and quantitative economics. The main vocation of the ISE Engineers is to manage and supervise the major statistical, economic and planning systems. Their mission is to define the needs of economic and social knowledge, analyze complex organizations and contribute to the fundamental orientations of development policies.

Therefore, the teaching combines general and technical culture based on both formalized and applied courses. Oral and written language have an important part in this teaching, namely thesis writing and computer use.

! The first year is devoted to the introduction of the various subjects taught in the College.

The objective is also to harmonize the knowledge of the students having a different background: “mathematics” or “economy”.

! The second year consists in going deeper into the fundamental subjects. It ends with a three-month practical training.

! The third year’s program mostly focuses on the various application fields of statistics and economy. Beyond their theoretical content, the courses comprise the explanation of the techniques that can directly be used. Working groups provide the opportunity to review more thoroughly the courses and the initiation to research work.

2 – The « Ingénieurs des Travaux Statistiques » (ITS) Division The ITS degree is equivalent to a bachelor of art in statistics and quantitative economics. The main role of ITS Engineers is to participate in all the functions assigned to statisticians. They must be able to take care of designing, collecting, analyzing and disseminating information.

Their training is therefore geared toward learning statistical techniques. In this regard, the teaching of computer science as a tool for the statistical work is particularly important. During the 2 year curriculum, an important part is devoted to language, namely oral expression and writing.

! The first year aims at harmonizing the knowledge of the students recruited from an economic or a mathematical background. That first year is used to initiate them to the fundamental subjects of their training.

! The second year is divided into a common-core syllabus, which is aimed at perfecting the trainees in the knowledge received during the first year courses, some of which can be chosen as optional subject. This enables the students to go into the detail of a particular topic.

The training ends with a five-month internship organized from May to September.

3 – The « Adjoints Techniques de la Statistique » (AD) Division AD technicians are application executives whose role is to collect statistics and to supervise the people who conduct statistical surveys. Their training lasts two academic years. It ends with a two-month practical internship (May-June).

Even though applied courses are emphasized, particularly during the second year, theoretical courses are also important, namely courses on statistical analysis (descriptive statistics, probability calculations, estimates, random sampling, etc.) and on economics (descriptive economics, macro-economics, micro-economics).

The practical internship enables the students to get illustrations on the various courses. It is generally carried out in the framework of the ENSEA College’s activities. The students take part in a survey organized in Côte d’Ivoire (preparation, supervision, exploitation of the results, etc.) 4 – The « Agents Techniques de la Statistique » (AT) Division AT technicians are implementing agents of the statistical network. Their courses are taught in one academic year. These courses comprise both tutoring courses and a one-month practical internship.

The objective of AT technicians training is to provide the students with basic knowledge of the statistical method and mostly to get them to be familiar with statistical production. The practical internship generally consists of the conduct of a survey within the ENSEA College or public administration.

5 – The examination at ENSEA College At ENSEA College, the students have to undergo a continuing testing of their knowledge in each subject taught. This applies to all the students whatever their area of study. These exams are written or oral and grades are given for each of them. The passing grade or the grade required to graduate is 12 out of 20.

V – ENSEA GRADUATE CAREER

During the curriculum, the ENSEA College students enjoy a solid and diversified training that enables them to perform efficiently the tasks related to setting up, analyzing and disseminating statistical, economic and demographic information within public, para-public and private services.

Statistians trained from ENSEA College can have various positions in the following:

! The Administration

- Ministry in Charge of Planning (Statistical Office, Planning Department…)

- Ministry of Economy and Finance (Forecasting Department, Public Revenue Department, Budget Departments, etc.)

- Ministry in Charge of Employment (Employment or Manpower Department)

- Ministry of Health ! Higher education research and teaching institutions

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VI – PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM

ENSEA proposes a professional training program that contributes to perfecting several categories of personnel working in the administrations and public and private institutions.

That training aims at improving the knowledge of Statisticians and Economists and leading them to discover recent or specialized techniques.

The objective of each training is to meet specific needs of executives. The range of the subjects taught varies from descriptive statistics to advanced analysis techniques, from initiation to computer science to the learning of specialized software, from national account elaboration to advanced macro-economics theory, etc.

Several institutions have already benefited from those vocational continuing training sessions.

They are the Ivorian administration (INS, Public Revenue Department, Health Department…) banks (CAA), international institutions (FAO, AfDB, UNDP…), and other institutions like FDFP. The administration from the sub-regional countries have also called upon the continuing training services: Ministry of Economy and Planning (Guinea), inter-African groups, etc.

The training sessions can be held on the premises of the demanding agency as well as in ENSEA College class rooms.

VII – RESEARCH AT ENSEA COLLEGE

In order to strengthen its research activities, ENSEA has created a research department with a

two-fold objective:

1- Initiate the students very early in research by associating them to data collection, computer processing and data analysis.



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