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EAC and Education, Science & Technology

Recognising the fundamental importance of education and specifically science and technology in economic development, the EAC focuses on harmonised curricula, examination, certification and accreditation institutions as well as joint establishment and support of scientific and technological research and identifying and developing centres of excellence in the region. Socio-economic development and the digital transformation in the EAC are to be enhanced through the promotion of innovative research, market-driven education and facilitation of trade in services in the ICT sector which will also enable East African civil society and the private sector to harness the benefits of digitalisation.


Digital Skills

The current development strategies of EAC Partner States demonstrate the importance of accelerating Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in driving socio-economic development. Cutting-edge ICT infrastructure and expertise are key fundamentals for digitalisation in East Africa. Therefore, digital skills development is essential for the digital transformation of the region. It closes the gap between academia offers and the actual needs of the industry. In the context of lifelong learning, technical training courses for ICT professionals are necessary to prepare them for the new innovative solution thinking. A key focus lies on the creation and access to advanced curriculum relevant to equip ICT professionals and experts with skills needed to boost economic growth and development.


Objective: Strengthening the region’s digital transformation initiatives for academia and industry through offering market demand-driven digital skills trainings and enhancement of teaching curriculum.

Approach: CENIT@EA supports the EAC Partner States in the development of the technical skills needed for the digital transformation of industries in the region. The project promotes digital skills development through three core activities:

  • Offering a practice-oriented and market-driven Master’s programme in Embedded and Mobile System (MSc EMoS) that equips young professionals from across the EAC with the necessary digital skills for the labour market.
  • Providing a short-term tailored training in ICT through the accelerator programme for capacity building in digital skills such as Mobile App Development and Media Didactics for unemployed graduates, university lecturers and ICT professionals of all six EAC Partner States.
  • Offering digital skills trainings for private sector, public sector and civil society to enhance the quality and operational capacity of ICT personnel in EAC industries such as cyber-security.

Find more information on CENIT@EA here.


Establishment of an East African-German academic consortium and a practice-oriented master's programme in Embedded and Mobile Systems at Nelson Mandela African Institution for Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania
95 students (34% women) from all EAC Partner States have been enrolled in the CENIT@EA Master's programme and 88 scholarships have been awarded
A standard curriculum for digital skills trainings and e-learning content for the private sector, public sector and civil society has been developed on topics that include Cyber Security, Android Mobile Application Development, Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning
A fully equipped research lab has been established at CENIT@EA to facilitate practical teaching and to enable students to develop, test and implement meaningful digital solutions and practical applications for businesses