Burkina Faso: Pr Jean-François Kobiané, an advocate for high quality training on the head of Joseph Ki-Zerbo College

Appointed President of Joseph Ki-Zerbo University on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, during the Council of Ministers, Pr Jean-François Silas Kobiané was installed on Thursday, June 16, 2022. The graduate is a full professor of demography at the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISS). Pr Kobiané has published and co-published ten books and about fifty articles and book chapters on childhood and adolescence issues, transition from youth to adulthood, and public policy analysis and evaluation. He succeeds Professor Rabiou Cissé, who was at the head of this university since June 16, 2015.

Certainly a demographer, but a great connoisseur of the Burkinabè educational system, Jean-François Silas Kobiané certainly is. His areas of research interest relate in particular to childhood, adolescence, access to and quality of education from basic to higher education, the future of those who leave the education system, the transition of young people to adulthood . , the links between education and fertility, poverty and inequality, gender issues and women’s empowerment, etc.

It was in 1991 that he obtained a degree in economics, planning the development of options, at the Higher School of Economics at the University of Ouagadougou. He continued with a degree in demographic studies at the Institute for Demographic Training and Research (IFORD) at the University of Yaoundé II (Cameroon) in 1993. Then, a doctorate in demography, obtained at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, in August 2002.

He joined the public service as a manager in 1993. He then worked at the National Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD) from August 1993 to June 2006. In parallel with his activities at the INSD, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of demography at the University of Montreal in Canada, from 2003 to 2006, when he returned to the country and joined the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP). In July 2006, he was promoted to head of the ISSP’s “Population and Education” research unit.

Jean-François Kobiané will also hold the positions of Deputy Director of ISSP from March 2010 to July 2012 and Director from July 2012 to October 2018.

He is a strong advocate for quality education and training to help reap the full benefits of the demographic dividend. “The level of education of individuals, especially women, follows the level of access to information and the possibility of using health and family planning structures. This makes it easier for families to achieve their birth control aspirations. In addition, education allows children and adolescents to acquire skills to successfully enter the labor market,” he argued in an interview in September 2021.

This French and English-speaking father of two is the author of several published or co-published scientific papers on various population-based topics.


Taking into account his rich academic and professional background, Professor Jean-François Kobiané was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters of Burkina Faso (ANSAL-BF) this year 2022. Burkina, his qualities are particularly appreciated , since he is a research associate at the Center for Population and Development (UMR-CEPED) in France. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

Long before being a member of ANSAL-BF, Pr Kobiané was elected member of the 2018-2021 Council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and President of the Union for the Study of African Population (UAPS) between 2008 and 2015 .

For his skills and knowledge recognized worldwide, Prof. Jean-François Kobiané was awarded the “Travel Award” by the Population Association of America (PAA) at the Annual Conference in New York in March 2007. To this is added the Grand Prix du Minister of Economy, Finance and Development for the “Contest for the best statistical, economic or demographic study” at the African Statistics Day in 1995 in Ouagadougou. In recognition of his contribution to the development of demography in Burkina Faso, he was appointed Knight of the Order of Academic Palms on the occasion of 11 December 2020.

The experience of this eminent professor-researcher is sought after by many national and international structures and institutions such as the National Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD) of Burkina Faso, the National Observatory of Employment and Vocational Training (ONEF) of Niger, the Bank, FAO , UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO…

An expertise that will certainly be able to put at the service of a university with rampant demography and crucially confronted with the challenge of professional integration.

Hamed NANEMA

Lefaso.net

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