Knowledge-Sharing Partnership ENhANCEs ICT Education in East Africa

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Aalto University’s ENhANCE project is an attempt to bridge the infrastructural ‘digital divide’ in African countries and support the growing ICT sector. In this project, which began in May 2013, the Finnish University has partnered with the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Ethiopia and the College of Information and Communication Technologies at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

This project hosted a variety of events in which academics, members of industry and government representatives visited Aalto University to bolster their own ICT programs, learn about cross-sectoral relationship building, and take part in technical training courses. These courses, held between December 2013 and February 2014, focused on a ‘hands on’ approach, teaching such topics as wireless systems simulations and theories of advanced wireless technologies. Jimma, Bahir Dar, and Hawassa Universities also participated remotely.

Knowledge of technical developments in the field is important in enabling these countries to adapt such technology to carry out their national strategies, develop partnerships, and assist small and medium-sized enterprises.

Dr. Edward Mutafungwa, the project’s manager, emphasized that this is a knowledge-sharing program, rather than merely to export information.   “We’ve become a lot more aware of the technology’s relevance in new contexts, and the opportunities for its exploitation in these markets. There are challenges in Africa that are non-existent in Finland.” In this way, he hopes to improve the translation of technology around the world.

Source: Biztech Africa