ICT project to upskill African students


Following the recent announcement that SAP University Alliances Africa
together with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Otto-von-Guericke
University Magdeburg (OvGU), Germany, launched a three-year project to
develop an Enterprise Systems (ES) education platform, curriculum and
community for sub-Saharan Africa, the University of Pretoria (UP) has been
welcomed to the team


Co-financed by DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft
mbH) with public funds from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and
Development, together with SAP (AG), the ESEFA (Enterprise Systems Education
for Africa) project has begun establishing locally relevant curricula and has made
inroads in establishing an African university community to deliver enterprise
systems (ES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) education courses that are
accessible both on and offline to African students interested in broadening their
ICT skillsets.

According to Professor Alta van der Merwe at University of Pretoria, free ES and
ERP tutoring will soon be a reality for any willing students who qualify to

"South African universities are playing a pivotal role in the realisation of
ESEFA?s goals in the region,' she commented. "With the support of SAP
University Alliances, UCT is pursuing the development of a locally relevant
curriculum that will be taught by all universities, including UP, with different
syllabi being created and customised to suit various industries. In other words,
syllabi created for engineering students will not be identical to those designed
for students studying ICT. Furthermore, actual customer implementations
demonstrating local business challenges and showcasing exactly how SAP
solutions, for example, help address them will be used to enhance lectures and
reinforce the lesson.

De Wet Naude from SAP University Alliances Africa says that the courses will
be offered to third or fourth year level students and in two ways - either
integrated in the academic curricula of the various departments of the partner
universities (i.e. finance, engineering, management, business, computer science,
informatics, human resources, marketing, etc.), or as a stand-alone five-day

short course.

"In all cases this will only be available for bona-fide students of universities and
colleges registered for a specific qualification,' commented Naude. "An ESEFA
partner university could collaborate with other institutions in the same region to
make the curriculum available to their students as well, subject to certain

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