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Strengthening engineering ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa

This project responds to the significant gaps that exist in advanced training and research in applied science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in sub-Saharan Africa. Skills in these fields are often either lacking or students are not well equipped for the national or regional job market.

Five pilot projects across sub-Saharan Africa, selected through an open competition and an independent review panel, will explore ways in which engineering research and education in Africa can be strengthened. The five projects touch on various aspects related to how STEM training and research can more effectively achieve social and economic impact throughout the region. These projects are:

• Product design in the engineering curriculum (Nigeria)
• Building capacity in water engineering in East Africa to support the Sustainable Development Goals (Tanzania)
• Supporting leading innovations in water resources management (Ghana)
• University co-op programs in East Africa (Tanzania)
• Supporting STEM research cultures in Africa: Building institutional capacity for computing research (Kenya)

Project leaders will contribute to regional and global understanding by studying their national or sub-regional engineering “ecosystem” and by reflecting on their projects. They will collectively build a new field of expertise on engineering on the continent, namely through the lens of engineering education and innovation systems. By sharing best practices and lessons learned, they will explore common issues such as the lack of women in engineering, barriers to university-industry partnerships, and challenges in career pathways for engineers.

Project ID
108883
Project Status
Active
Duration
36 months
IDRC Officer
Matthew Wallace
Total Funding
CA$ 1,593,350.00
Location
North of Sahara
South of Sahara
Ghana
Kenya
Nigeria
South of Sahara
Tanzania
Uganda
Programs
Education and Science
Education and Science
Foundations for Innovation
Institution Country
Tanzania
Project Leader
Gussai Sheikheldin
Institution
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION POLICY RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
Institution Country
Ghana
Project Leader
Kwame Agyeman-Prempeh Agyekum
Institution
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Matthew Harsh
Institution
Cal Poly Corporation
Institution Country
Nigeria
Project Leader
Omotayo Fakinlede
Institution
Nigerian Academy of Engineering (Limited by Guarantee)
Institution Country
Tanzania
Project Leader
Victor Kongo
Institution
Tanzania Water Partnership

Outputs

Article

Engineering education, development and growth in Africa

Article

Student industrial secondments in East Africa : improving employability in engineering