Africa & Science – Afrika & Wissenschaft – Afrique & Science

Nr. 00239- May 7th. 2019 – Weekly Newspaper devoted to Science & Technology in Africa ** Pour la promotion de l'esprit scientifique en Afrique

Where to study Computer Science in Africa? The University of Nairobi School of Computing and Informatics

University of Nairobi Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are now recognized as agents for development, transforming organizations and contributing to socio-economic growth.  In Africa in general, there has been limited research on the role of ICTs in or their impact on socio-economic development at the individual, community and national levels. With inadequate human capacity in ICT for development research in Africa, much of this research is carried out by researchers outside the region. Although universities have recently established Master’s and PhD programs in this field, resources are limited, and insufficient to support meaningful research of students pursuing careers in this area.In 2009, IDRC supported an awards program managed by the University of Nairobi School of Computing and Informatics. The School has sought to address national and regional needs for ICT and product development as a tool for economic growth and empowerment, through research, innovation, and advanced education in computing and informatics.

The awards project has supported eight doctoral research awards and four full-study master’s students pursuing research on topics related to ICT and development at a number of universities in Eastern and Southern Africa. The project also supported a six-day training workshop on research methodology and scientific writing for the recipients. The awards are helping to build human and research capacity in ICT for development by increasing the number of trained researchers in this field in the region. The project also enhances the institutional research capacity in local universities, building knowledge on the relationships between ICT and development, as well as increasing collaboration among African academic institutions.
For details:

University of Nairobi School of Computing and Informatics

Awards on ICT for Development Tenable in Universities in Eastern and Southern Africa
Contact: Prof. Timothy Mwololo Waema
School of Computing and Informatics

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