On 23 August, Prof Joyce Ndalichako, Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Tanzania, officially opened the Center of Excellence for Information and Communication Technology in East Africa (CENIT@EA). CENIT@EA, located at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania is the first regional innovation hub of its kind. More than 100 participants from academia and the private sector celebrated the launch.
Based on the development cooperation between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the East African Community (EAC) as well as the strategic partnership “Digital Africa”, GIZ implements the project on behalf of BMZ together with its implementation partners, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA). An academic consortium of seven German and East African institutions, led by the University of Oldenburg, cooperates to develop the curriculum of a new state of the art Master’s Programme in Embedded and Mobile Systems (EMoS).
Through CENIT@EA, GIZ contributes to the process of digitalisation and regional integration of the EAC. Each of the six EAC Partner States were equally given six scholarships for the EMoS programme. Students come from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania. South Sudan is yet to utilise its scholarships in the second intake.
The Master’s programme closely cooperates with the private sector, catering for the specific needs of regional industries and t fostering the employability of graduates. CENIT@EA moreover offers trainings in ICT for companies, ICT teachers and unemployed graduates.