HIGHER EDUCATION SECTOR PRIVATE / PUBLIC SECTOR University of DSM UTA BYU University Mannheim HTW Berlin DT. Zentrum Luft + Raumfahrt Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg 12 13 Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa I nformation and communication technology (ICT) is understood as a driver of socio-economic development in the region. The rapid economic development in East African region requires specific technical and academic ex- pertise; one of the key thematic fields in high demand is the area of embedded and mobile systems. Both the EAC’s Vision 2050 and the development strategies of the majority of the EAC member states refer explicitly to the cross-sectoral significance of ICT for economic de- velopment. One of the main factors influencing digitalisa- tion in Africa is the availability of qualified experts. Human resources requirements include ICT technical experts as well as experts in other key sectors with ICT skills. Digital change in Africa is high on Germany’s cooperation agenda, and therefore the German government initiated in March 2017, together with the EAC an East African Centre of Ex- cellence for ICT (CENIT@EA), a very hands-on and demand driven master’s degree course in mobile and embedded sys- tems. This course will provide an example to be emulated throughout the African continent. The project is coordinated by GIZ in cooperation with sev- eral partners in Germany and East Africa, some of who have already worked together in academic matters in the past. Following an international tender, the Nelson Mandela Af- rican Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha was selected to host CENIT@EA in partnership with several German Universities led by the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (COUO). The Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) is rep- resenting the EAC as the implementing partner of the com- munity. IUCEA is the EAC institution for higher education. Since 2017 IUCEA is responsible for the implementation of the EAC Common Higher Education Area, which is ba- sically the establishment of a common frame of reference to facilitate comparability, compatibility and mutual rec- ognition of higher education and training systems and the qualifications attained among the EAC Partner States, based on shared views on quality, criteria, standards and learning outcomes, for promoting students and labour mobility in the EAC, and hence the region operating as a common high- er education area. For this purpose, IUCEA supports com- munication, promoting the importance and added value of mobility in academia. It will also assure the quality of the course and work towards the recognition of the qualifica- tion across East Africa. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is ensur- ing a smooth university partnership, facilitating collabora- tion, communicating, and providing advice. DAAD will also share its experiences of other university cooperation in the region, help connect the Centres of Excellence, ensure prop- er reporting and follow up on result- based monitoring. Furthermore, the project will cooperate and network with the industry in the region to align the academic contents with the needs of the industry and provide industrial at- tachments for the students.