The Partnership for
Higher Education in Africa



Monday, July 29, 2002
Morning Facilitator: Venancio Massingue, except for “Official Opening”
Afternoon Facilitator: Tolly Mbwette

9:00 am Welcome and Logistics (Lisbeth Levey)
9:10 am Introductions by Participants

9:30 am Official Opening
Chair: Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane
Welcoming Remarks (Teshome Yizengaw, Vice Minister of Education)
Welcome from the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (Kole Shettima)
Welcome from the UN Economic Commission for Africa (Lalla Ben Barka, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECA)

10:00 am The Impact of Infrastructure, Regulation, and Funding on African Universities (Aida Opoku-Mensah)
10:20 am Questions and Discussion
11:00 am Coffee/Tea Break

11:30 am Setting the Baseline: ICT implementation in African Universities

  • Eduardo Mondlane University
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of Namibia
  • Makerere University
  • University of Dar es Salaam
    Ghana (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; the University of Ghana)
  • Nigeria (Bayero University, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Jos)

1:15 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Continental, Regional, and National Networks

  • Association of African Universities
  • Inter-University Council of East Africa
  • National University Council of Nigeria
  • South African Experience

3:45 pm What Are We Learning? Questions and Discussion

4:30 pm Small Groups: Where Do We Want to Go and How Can We Get There? Each group was charged with addressing the following issues:

  • How do universities become part of the national ICT agenda?
  • Are the ICT needs of universities represented in sub-regional, regional, and international bodies?
  • What strategies should universities pursue in order to get reduced prices for bandwidth? Should those strategies involve sub-regional, regional, and international organizations?

5:30 pm Adjourn

Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Morning Facilitator: Lishan Adam
Afternoon Facilitator: Mumuni Dakubu

9:00 am Report Back from Small Groups and Discussion
10:30 am Coffee/Tea Break

11:00 am Using ICT for Distance Education: What Does It Take? (Tobie de Coning, University of Stellenbosch)
11:20 am Questions, Sharing Experiences and Plans

1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Using ICT to Transform Teaching and Learning

  • Tufts/Dar/Makerere CCD Experience
  • University of Namibia
  • University of the Western Cape
3:00 pm Questions, Sharing Experiences, and Plans

4:00 pm Tea/Coffee Break

4:15 pm Small Groups. Participants broke into two small topical groups (bandwidth and e-learning), with assignments for each one.

5:15 pm Small groups report back

6:00 pm Reception (at UNECA)

Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Establishing Criteria Facilitator: Ellen Tise
Plan of Action Facilitator: Katharine Pearson

9:00 am Establishing Criteria for and Selecting Different Electronic Media. Group Discussion on:

  • Computer-assisted course development software
  • Online courses
  • E-journals and E-books
  • Internet Web sites

What’s out there? What are the technical and other requirements for effective utilization? What are the problems?

10:00 am Tea/Coffee Break

10:15 am Plan of Action

1:00 pm Adjourn and Lunch (Afternoon open)

Thursday, August 1, 2002
Facilitator: Narciso Matos

9:00 am Plenary Session
10:00 am Tea/Coffee
10:15 am Small Groups:

  • Libraries
  • Policy
  • Skills Sharing, Networking, and Training
  • E-Learning
  • Using ICT to Promote Research
  • Bandwidth

12 noon Plenary Session and Final Recommendations

1:00 pm Adjourn and Lunch

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