ICT Savvy Universities in East Africa

Within the education sector, ICTs are used to access information from many different mediums. This can be accessed from computers, laptops, mobile phones, e-readers, radio, etcetera. In East Africa, a recent list of universities has been announced, ranking the best “ICT Savvy” institutions in the region. Five Kenyan universities were among those top 100 establishments. Universities in Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania were highly ranked as well.

The Top Universities:

Makerere University of Uganda

Strathmore

Busitema University of Uganda

School of Finance and Banking of Rwanda

African Virtual University of Kenya

Makerere University

University of Nairobi

Mount Kenya University

Kenyatta University

The various universities were measured based on “how universities have complied with ICT in terms of embracing technology for both students and lecturers.” Between April and October 2012, a survey was created in determining which higher education institutions made the cut regarding ICT use in teaching and enhancing education. Face-to-face questionnaires were conducted in determining these factors. The universities that best met the practices of management, development, and sustenance of university education worldwide made the list.

What is interesting to note is that these universities in East Africa are keeping up with international universities in embracing ICT facilities. Kenya, in particular, has heavily invested in ICT compared to other African universities. Hopefully this spreads to include many more universities in time to come. This is exciting news within the education sector for ICTs.

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2 responses to “ICT Savvy Universities in East Africa

  • dlach

    I definitely get the sense that ICTs are particularly valuable in education, where it’s so vital that opportunities are fair. Having studied at Nairobi University two summers ago, I’m wondering if these schools’ systems extend beyond just having computer labs today (which they had when I was there) to include emergency SMS notifications or wifi networks reminiscent of any American universities’ systems.

  • hpohnan

    I didn’t see any mention of this in the article, but it would also be interesting to see how many universities offer programs or courses to learn about ICTs and ICT4D. I’d think that would be another indicator of ‘ICT savvy’ institution.

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