Six centres of competence in digital education will see the day in African universities.
As part of the joint EPFL-UM6P initiative, “Excellence in Africa”, the Centre EXAF-EPFL announced the first six successful candidates to host future Centres of Competence in Digital Education (C-CoDE).
The second stage of the call for applications for the creation of Centres of Competence in Digital Education (CoDE) of the Excellence in Africa initiative is now closed. The 20 shortlisted applications were evaluated by experts from the Association of African Universities (AAU), EPFL and UM6P.
As it was a highly competitive call, and due to the limited number of institutions which can take part in the programme, the Excellence in Africa Steering Committee set high selection standards.
On the basis of the quality and relevance of the projects, the following six African universities were selected:
- The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania
- Moi University, Moi, Kenya
- Kabale University, Kabale, Uganda
- University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria
- École Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications, Dakar, Sénégal
- Université Nangui Abrogoua, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
The universities’ transition to digital education, including the sustainable integration of digital tools and technologies as well as the adoption of new pedagogical approaches, requires upskilling. The creation of the C-CoDEs, which combine these pedagogical and technological competences, will accompany these universities in their digital transition and ultimately have a broader impact at national and regional level.
In 2021 and 2022, the project will develop “hardware” and “software”. A studio with multimedia equipment and IT infrastructure necessary to produce online courses (MOOC – Massive Open Online courses) will be constructed. Technicians from each university will then be trained to operate the production studios. Training in digital education will also be provided to resident experts in instructional design as well as a few dozen professors.