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.
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:
Find more information on CENIT@EA here.