All universities need to connect to the global knowledge backbone in order to enhance research, innovation, teaching and learning. Yet most African countries lack reliable access to this backbone as a result of the nascent state of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their institutions. African institutions face many challenges – infrastructural, technical, organizational and political – and are making concerted efforts to address them. This chapter examines the status and potential of ICTs in institutions in eight African countries, and offers a set of recommendations on ways to promote ICTs, as well as the development of institutions and countries in general.
|Title of host publication||Higher Education and Globalization: Challenges, Threats and Opportunities for Africa. Edited by Damtew Teferra and Heinz Greijn.|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|