Dublin City University and Global e-school partner for ICT programme

African leaders will benefit from information communication and technology (ICT) post graduate programme set to be introduced following a partnership between Dublin City University, DCU, and Global e-School of Communities and Initiative, GeSCI.

Representative from the two organizations met in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday to sign the partnership that would facilitate smooth process in the implementation of the project. Global e-school of initiative and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) Managing Director Jerome Morrissey and Dublin City University Head of External and Strategic Affairs Ciarán Ó Cuinn attended the Monday ceremony.

The two organizations are set to have senior government officials from the African continent enrol for postgraduate programme in the ICT and knowledge sector at the DCU.

Commenting on the partnership, Morrissey said the collaboration with DCU will offer good opportunity to government leaders with excellent theoretical and practical experience in policy and strategic development in African countries that will be enhanced by ICT thus competing internationally for innovation leading to progress in all sectors.

DCU says the programme targets to facilitate ICT professionalism to African leaders and key leaders in the industry as well as focus on science, innovation and research programmes to create development that will boost economic.

More than 100 Students from Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Zambia, Mauritius and South Africa have currently been enrolled for undergraduate programmes.

Plans are underway to reach out to Malawi, Botswana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia and Mozambique in October and the entire African regions later.

Morrissey, Dr Margaret Farren and Yvonne Crotty from Centre of e-Innovation and school of education studies DCU are leading in putting into action all the necessary requirements to make the plan a success.

Africa has improved significantly with many urban areas now connected to the Internet, mobile networks, digital satellite TV or radio signals.

The National Institute for Higher Education established Dublin City University in 1975. Currently, the college has 6,000 undergraduate students with over 600 research postgraduates, 1,800 postgraduate students, 1,100 distance and more than 35,000 alumni .

GeSCI was first unveiled in 2003 by United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force to offer ICT education which will accelerate development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is supported by Irish Aid, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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