Oldenburg researchers expand Master’s programme in East Africa
Centre of Excellence in East Africa continues
In recent years the University of Oldenburg’s business informatics experts led by Prof. Dr Jorge Marx Gómez and its partners have developed a centre for information and communication technologies in Tanzania called the Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA). The project is now being followed by the project the German-African Higher Education Excellence Centre in the East African Community (dskills@ea-CENIT@EA). It continues to implement the measures initiated in the first stage with the long-term goal of transferring the Excellence Centre into local hands.
Launched in July, the new project will receive 4.2 million euros in funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and the German Academic Exchange Service. Its central element is the Master’s programme Embedded and Mobile Systems at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania, which was launched in 2019 as part of the predecessor project and focuses on computer systems that control and monitor devices such as televisions, washing machines, self-driving cars and smartphones. Students complete a two-year programme which currently covers the theoretical foundations of information science and practical methods of software development. The dskills@EA – CENIT@EA project aims to improve the quality of the programme, adapt it to the specific requirements of industry in East Africa and reaccredit it. The measures are intended to help counter the migration of skilled workers.
In addition to the University of Oldenburg, the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha (Tanzania), the University of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), the University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (Rwanda), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences are involved in the dskills@EA – CENIT@EA project. The University of Freiburg, Moi University (Kenya) and Kabale University (Uganda) will also be included in the academic partnership in order to boost knowledge in the field of mobile and embedded systems specifically in East Africa.
Prof Dr Jorge Marx Gómez, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org