The regional Research and Education Networking organization for Eastern and Southern Africa
We manage and operate UbuntuNet, the regional backbone network that interconnects National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and connect them to other regional networks. Our mission is to secure affordable broadband and efficient ICT access and usage for African NRENs and their associated communities of practice.
There has been overwhelming response and feedback from participants that attended the Instructional Design in E-Learning webinar aimed at drilling university and college lecturers and instructors on how to design effective online lessons. The webinar, organized by...
As the world continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, government restrictions aim to distance people to reduce further cases. Many schools and universities around the world remain closed. While these restrictions have significantly impacted education globally, not...
Prospective participants are being invited to register for the Virtual LIBSENSE Workshop to be held on 3rd June 2020 from 11am UTC. This LIBSENSE workshop, being co-organized by WACREN, EIFL and COAR will convene the African community of repository managers and...
The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa will host the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) Project Office for the next 3 to 5 years. Supported by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), key...
Due to the unprecedented circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health and well being of IST-Africa Community Members, IST-Africa 2020 will take place as a virtual event from 18 - 22 May. FINAL PROGRAMMEThe Final Programme incorporates 31...
In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, where at least 1.3 billion students and learners across the planet are affected by closure of schools and universities, academic institutions are frantically exploring different platforms for online teaching and learning. To...
This LIBSENSE workshop co-organized by WACREN, EIFL and COAR will convene the African community of repository managers and other open access services and advocates and cover three topics:
1) Open Access, Open Science policies and repositories: what works and what doesn’t;
2) repository infrastructure and services: how to build cohesiveness across layers of local, national and regional services; and
3) communities of practice: how to strengthen open science communities in Africa.
African participants will share experiences, lessons learned and discuss how to best design effective Open Access and Research Data Management policies and how to progress their adoption and implementation. They will also co-design the guiding principles for institutional repositories to follow in order to build services on top of repositories and cohesiveness across local, national and regional repository services.
Information and communication technology (ICT) has become a mission-critical element for success in modern agricultural research around the globe. In that sense, ICT has become like the “oxygen” for ag research. Just as we cannot have life on this planet without oxygen, today’s agricultural researchers cannot carry out highly effective research programs if they don’t have access to robust ICT connectivity and toolsets. Unfortunately, ICT connectivity and utilization at agricultural research institutions and universities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa lags far behind those at counterpart institutions on other continents.
While fiber-based connectivity is pouring into Africa from every direction, not enough attention is being directed to improving ICT connectivity and bandwidth at Africa’s National Agricultural Research System (NARS) institutions. How do we address this problem and what is the best path forward?
Though the novel virus has ravaged different sectors of the economy across the world, one area undeniably affected is the educational system.
Schools from the basic to the tertiary levels, have remained closed for the last two months, with its related challenges.
As African countries prepare to ease these restrictions on gatherings and school closures, there is the need to assess the higher educational system, the lessons we’ve learned, the gaps that have arisen, and the challenges we’ve overcome, and chart new pathways to maximize the almost-disguised-opportunities that this pandemic has opened up for education delivery.
Network connectivity in different forms and sizes is our core business. Additional services on top of the network are being rolled out continuously for the member NRENs to use themselves or offer them to their institutions.