NetTel@Africa Offers Online ICT Policy and Regulation Courses

NetTel@Africa has launched its first offering of eLearning courses for a postgraduate diploma and Masters programme in ICT Policy and Regulation in March 2004.

NetTel@Africa logo The first set of courses are:
  • Macro Environment and Telecommunications (led by Mr Toks Oyedemi, University of Fort Hare)
  • ICT Technologies (led by Dr. Joseph Chuma, University of Botswana)
  • Financial Management (led by Dr. Marcellina Chijoriga, University of Dar es Salaam)
  • ICT Industry and Markets (led by Mr. Alec Malichi, University of Zambia)
  • Approaches to Regulation (led by Ms. Marcia Wilson, University of South Africa).
NetTel@Africa is the Network for Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange in the Telecommunications Sector. NetTel@Africa compliments USAID/RCSA technical assistance in telecommunications sector liberalization and reform which started in 1995.

Digital Content and Tool Developed by African Academics for African Universities
The digital content was developed collaboratively, under the leadership of African academics, with helping hands from American academics. Expert practitioners from regulatory bodies in Africa and state level commissions in the U.S. provided peer review. Each of the courses has learning outcomes, eLectures, online reading materials, learning tasks and assessments.

The University of Western Cape developed KEWL, the online learning management system - KEWL has cool features making it possible to access rich sources of information and encourage meaningful interaction.

The KEWL tools, such as instant message, chat, and discussion forums make it possible to bring people together to challenge, support and respond to each other; experiences that are central to eLearning. The static content is also available in CD format.

To make the experience more valuable, African and American experts will be featured in the "Ask-an-Expert." To get ready for their thesis work, mentors are assigned to each student.

I think this is the first time where you see African universities sharing ideas for the betterment of Africa as whole, this is a great step indeed - Vuyani Mkrakra (ICASA)

Three Universities Offer Online Degree Program
Three universities successfully gained approval from their faculty senates to offer the degree programme:
  • University of Western Cape, Postgraduate courses Faculty of Economic Management and Science
  • University of Dar es Salaam, Faculty of Commerce and Management
  • University of Zambia, Faculty of Engineering
The first cohort of 42 scholars consists of practitioners selected from regulatory bodies, broadcasting, private sector, government and NGOs.

Other African universities scheduled to start in July 2004 are Universities of Fort Hare, South Africa, and Witswatersrand in South Africa; and outside the southern Africa region -- Makerere University in Uganda; Universities of Jos, Lagos, Nigeria at Nsuka, and Obafemi Awoloyo at Ile-Ife in Nigeria; National University of Rwanda and Nairobi University in Kenya.

Inquiries about adapting the program have been made by Afghanistan and Southeast Asia.

NetTel@Africa, established at the request of the Telecommunications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (TRASA) now serves West African Telecommunications Regulators Association (WATRA) and the Association of Regulators of Information and Communication in East Africa (ARICEA).

I have no doubt in my mind that NetTel@Africa is exactly what this continent requires to build capacity that will see most African States graduate from the least developed countries category in the communications sector to become major players in the global telecommunications village. - Mr.C.M. Lekaukau, Executive Chair Botswana Telecommunications

NetTel@Africa, implemented by the Center to Bridge the Digital Divide (CBDD) of Washington State University (WSU), is funded by the Leland Initiative and USAID/RCSA for 3 years (Associate award GDG-A-00-02-00008-00 under the dot-GOV Leader Award No. GDG-A-00-02-00008-00).

For More Information, Contact:
Sarah Tisch, Ph.D.
Chief-of-Party, dot-GOV
Internews Network
Tel: 202 833-5740 x 203

Maria Beebe
Global Networks Director, Center to Bridge the Digital Divide
Washington State University
Tel: 509-358-7947

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