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IP SYMPOSIUM FOR AFRICA Kigali, 7-9 July 2003 A CONTRIBUTION OF THE NUR ON ICT CAPACITY BUILDING. By Dr. Safari Bonfils. Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Rwanda. E-mail:[email protected] INTRODUCTION.

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Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

IP SYMPOSIUM FOR AFRICAKigali, 7-9 July 2003A CONTRIBUTION OF THE NUR ON ICT CAPACITY BUILDING

By

Dr. Safari Bonfils

Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Rwanda

E-mail:[email protected]


Introduction

INTRODUCTION

From 1994 to 1998 in the then Faculty of Applied Sciences was the Department of Electromechanical Engineering as one of the Departments. This department was running a three-year diploma courses in fields of electro-mechanics, computer science, electricity, electronics and mechanics. in 1998 a new national policy NICI PLAN-2005 directing the socio-economic development was launched. Coincidently the NUR which was at the time in its process of reform merged it faculty of applied Science and Faculty of Science into a new faculty, Faculty of Science and Technology. This new Faculty began a four-year BSc in Computer Science and a five-year BSc in Electrical and Electronic engineering programme.


The creation of the computer science and electrical electronic engineering departments

THE CREATION OF THE COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS

  • STRATEGIES

Since 1998 there has been a total reform of all programmes in the University.This was necessary to redirect the NUR educational programmes to meet the needs of the country after the 1994 genocide.

After a one-year intensive common science programme, comprehensive three and four- year syllabus, of international standards, have been developed for the training of the computer science and electrical and electronic engineering undergraduate students respectively.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT:

Networking & System Administration

Web Design

Software Development


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRONIC:

Power Electrical Engineering

Electronics and Telecommunications :

Wireless communication : Radio, Microwave, Sattelite

Computer-based design and simulation


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Laboratories

The electronics laboratory was upgraded with new digital equipment as well as experiment kits.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Laboratories

Two new computer science laboratories were created with 20 computers each high memory capacity, which have been networked to the University main internet server.

These were donations from partnership between NUR and Belgian Universities (CIUF) and also from the University of Maryland (USA) through USAID.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Laboratories

AVU Computer laboratory was set up. It helps the faculty to overcome its academic problems by delivering on-line programmes for the two departments.

CISCO Academic Programme is also delivering on-line courses on Networking.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Staff

Thanks to the government of Rwanda new technical and academic staff were recruited and a visiting professorial programme was put in place with the support from UNDP.

The staffing situation is yet to be satisfactory resolved.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

  • Before 1998

Before the lunching of the Integrated ICT-led Socio-Economic

Development Policy and Plan for Rwanda 2001 – 2005, the

Faculty of Science and Technology of the National University

of Rwanda was turning out three-year diplomas in the field of

electrical and electronic technicians.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Year

Technician engineer graduates

Male

Female

Total

Male/female ratio

1994 - 1995

8

0

8

0

1995 - 1996

12

0

12

0

1996 - 1997

30

3

33

10

1997 - 1998

18

2

20

10

Total

68

5

63

8


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

PLACEMENT OF TECHNICIAN ENGINEERS

Company / Institutions

Numbers

RWANDATEL

5

MTN/RWANDACELL

2

REGIE DES AEROPORTS

2

Technical engineers constitute the national trained skills and are working as ICT experts in many public and private companies and are technical staff in different academic institutions and Banks.

RWANDAREVENUE AUTHORITY

4

5

ELECTROGAZ

5

MINADEF ( ICT & RADAR )

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA

14

KIST: 3, BCR: 2 , BCDI: 1, COGEAR : 1


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

A

C

A

D

E

M

I

C

Year

STUDENTS INTAKE

Computer Science Department

Electrical/Electronic Eng. Dept

Female

Male

Total

Female/Male ratio

Female

Male

Total

Female/Male Ratio

1999/2000

0

11

11

0

0

6

6

0

2000/2001

5

15

20

1/3

0

14

14

0

2001/2002

7

22

29

1/3

0

29

29

0

After 1998


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Year

Department of

Computer Science

Department of

Electrical and Electronic

Std/comp

H/Week

Std/comp

H/Week

First

Second

2

7

2

2

Third

1

11

1

4

Fourth

1

13.5

1

4

Fifth

6

ICT FACILITIES

3

1

3

1

--

--

--


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Department of Computer Science

Year

Projected Number of lecturers

Number of lecturers - permanent

Number of lecturers – visitors

1999/2000

3

3

1

2000/2001

6

5

1

2001/2002

7

6

1

ACADEMIC STAFF


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Year

Projected Number of lecturers

Number of lecturers - permanent

Number of lecturers – visitors

1999/2000

5

4

1

2000/2001

5

4

1

2001/2002

6

4

2

Cont’d


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

The Department of Computer Science as at now has been placed in a position where it can systematically develop and reach an international standard.

To meet the goals and aspiration of the economic development of Rwanda, there is the need to equip the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The focus will be on the building of laboratories in electronics and telecommunications particularly in wireless systems and radio propagation laboratory. This is taking into account the peculiar nature of the relief of the country. It is also envisaged that in the nearest future the development of ICT in the country will be through the intensive application of wireless communication at higher frequency bands.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Curriculum of

The Bachelor Degree of Science

In

Information Technology

(BSc in IT)

TO BE SET UP IN OCTOBER 2003

THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2003-2004


Background

Background

  • To help build the knowledge-based economy, NUR’s BS IT graduates will need to be able to implement business solutions for both public and private enterprises. Graduates will need to fill three primary roles upon graduation: system administration and network administration, software development, and communication technology.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

  • The BS in IT curriculum has been conceived to respond to the demand of former Applied Sciences’ students expressed to the Rector of the NUR to upgrade their level up to the bachelor degree. Having considered the knowledge’s background acquired by them from Applied Sciences curriculum and the actual manpower needs of the country in the field as stated by the VISION 2020, the Faculty of Science and Technology came out with realization of the following curriculum

  • The purpose of upgrading the former diploma program with this curriculum is to ensure that the BS IT curriculum is meeting the programmatic objectives, has adequate resources, and is preparing students to help the country meet the objectives for Rwanda’s ICT initiative.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

  • This undergraduate degree program includes theoretical computer science, practical applications of computer technology to the world of information systems, telecommunications, and networks. The curriculum prepares the student for immediate employment upon graduation as IT professionals. The curriculum also provides the necessary foundation for advanced specializations in information technology, information systems, and related disciplines. Considering the central role of communication medium in information technologies, the program will include digital communications techniques with analysis of BER (Bit Error Rate) performance of the communications systems, and optical fiber and wireless communications topics because of the growing importance of those two transmission media.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

Curriculum of

The Master of Science Degree

In

Information and Communication Technology

(MSc in ICT)

TO BE SET UP IN OCTOBER 2003 THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2003-2004


Background1

Background

  • Since 1997-1998 the Faculty of Science and Technology at the National University of Rwanda has set up two undergraduate programmes in the fields related to Information and Communication Technology: a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. In addition to the Departments running these programmes, an existing Computer Centre facilitates Internet connectivity and computer maintenance to various Faculties and to the administration of NUR.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

  • However, NUR continues to face some major obstacles in the area of curriculum performance and infrastructure. Most pressing are the lack of local, qualified ICT lecturers and trained technicians as well as inadequate infrastructure and equipment.

  • NUR is one out of few providers of qualified ICT training in Rwanda, but at present the lack of qualified staff prevents NUR from providing an MSc programme in the area.


Ip symposium for africa kigali 7 9 july 2003 a contribution of the nur on ict capacity building

  • NUR in co-operation with the Swedish counterpart institution-the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Blekinge Tekniska Högskola-BTH)- is developing a curriculum for an MSc programme in ICT, in consensus with other stakeholders in the country. The overall objective is to offer a programme, which will meet the needs of Rwanda within this field in a Rwanda context: human resources, researchers, and socio-economic development. This will be the first MSc-Programme in ICT in Rwanda, and it will increase the knowledge of ICT in the country as well as be the first step towards creating a basis for ICT research.


Overall objectives

Overall objectives

  • The MSc in ICT will be offered in the Rwanda context taking into account local ICT implementation and requirements in the National Vision;

  • The MSc in ICT is aiming to, in co-operation with the surrounding society, respond to the needs of the socio-economic development of Rwanda;

  • The graduates from the MSc in ICT will be part of a basis of human resources within the ICT field for both private and public sector;

  • The graduates from the MSc in ICT will also be able to support teaching staff in tertiary institutions in Rwanda;

  • The graduates from the MSc in ICT will be eligible for PhD studies in ICT at the Blekinge Institute of Technology respecting the admission procedures.


Specific objectives

Specific objectives

  • The programme called Master Degree of Science in Information and Communication Technology covers two main disciplines: “Telecommunication Engineering” and “Computer Science and Software Engineering”.


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