As the ICT revolution in Africa continues unabated, the need for advanced education for Africans has never been greater. In several of our articles, we have highlighted the challenge of developing ICTs in Africa without the necessary local skills and we have also cautioned against perpetual dependence on know-how from overseas. A number of new master’s level programs in ICT being developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany may go a long way in bridging the ICT knowledge divide.
DAAD has come up with a funding scheme to support the development of applied postgraduate study programs at the master’s level. Programs are intended to benefit students from Sub-Saharan Africa and can be completed at institutions in Germany or in Africa. The studies are intended not only to develop ICT skills but also to enable the application of those skills to one of three disciplines. The disciplines are Health Information Management, Environmental Management Information Systems and Business Information Systems. To ease the burden of high graduate level tuition, DAAD will subsidize tuition and pay for travel costs for selected students.
The DAAD program also supports cooperation between German and African Universities by facilitating academic networks between the two regions. Such networks are expected to lead to the internationalization of research carried out at institutions in involved.
Environmental Management Information Systems
The curriculum in this discipline was developed after an extensive survey with African businesses and institutions to ensure that it meets African needs. The program was specially designed to enable the mobility of African faculty members to teach at any of the participating institutions. Partner institutions for this program are Carl von Ossietzky Univestat Oldenburg, University of Ghana, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Universidade Pedagogica, Mozambique and IMBC GmbH Berlin.
Health Information Management
The program combines information and IT management, healthcare management and business administration. The program will combine face to face instruction and e-learning. The current partners are Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Kenya Methodist University and University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Business Information Systems
This program focuses on the use of information systems in supply chain management. The curriculum is adapted from Flensburg University of Applied Sciences but it was adjusted to suit African needs. The participating partner institutions are Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Polytechnic of Namibia and Institut de Technologie et de Management, Cameroon.
For more detailed information, download the ICT for Africa Master’s Program
general brochure or visit the sites http://emissubsahara.org