NetTel@Africa Publishes AfricaDotEdu: IT Opportunities and Higher Education in Africa

As part of its mission to share research on ICTs, the NetTel@Africa project recently published a book, AfricaDotEdu: IT Opportunities and Higher Education in Africa (India: Tata-McGraw Hill, 2003).

AfricaDotEdu logoThe edited volume highlights the impact ICTs have on educational institutions, systems, content and processes in Africa, with case studies illustrating the role higher education has on developing local capacities in pedagogy, research, publishing, healthcare, e-commerce, and cyber law.

Different Development Sectors are Linked through Core ICT Policies
The case studies break new ground in explaining how seemingly disparate sectors such as health, education, and business development are linked through core policies that enable the use of ICTs. These core policies are the legislation enabling competition in telecommunications and use of the Internet.

Many African countries have been able to demonstrate astounding success in using ICTs but also face many challenges. The relationship between the diffusion of the Internet and an effective infrastructure-particularly regarding an effective telephone network and a strong presence of Internet hosts are identified as key factors for use of ICTs by higher education institutions.

These relationships are not unilateral - GDP per capita and education play key roles in the evolution of a networked society. Key to all use of ICTs is the role played by higher education, and the book acknowledges the pivotal role African universities play in pioneering the use of the Internet.

Country case studies include Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia. Regional and continental analysis highlights strategies for developing and sustaining networks between sectors and cross-nationally.

Where to Find AfricaDotEDU
Published by Tata-McGraw Hill, the book was edited Maria A. Beebe, Koffi M. Kouakou, Banji O. Oyeyinka, and Madanmohan Rao. A companion website is open for discussions and ordering books.

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

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