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East Africa: Regional varsities not plugged in ICT to be exposed

19 October 2012

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An international research company has embarked on the process of ranking universities and other institutions of higher learning in East Africa on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

CPS International, a social and market research company wants to establish how universities and colleges have employed the use of ICT in learning, including exposing their students and lecturers to computer use.

"The main reason for ranking universities is the vast growth in higher education in recent decades. Every university wants to be the best choice that a prospective student can have and that is why it is very important to establish how students are prepared in terms of ICT," CPS director, Dann Mwangi said.

Two hundred and twelve institutions of higher learning - both public and private - will be ranked in the research whose results for 100 best institutions are expected to be released later this month.

Constituent colleges will however be ranked independently.

The research is being undertaken in 67 universities and constituent colleges in Kenya, 47 in Uganda, 23 in Rwanda, 27 in Tanzania and five in Burundi.

Some of them are higher learning institutions which are not universities but are considered to have university status.

"It is unfortunate to note that in this day and age, there are institutions that have more than 60,000 students with a computer lab of only 100 computers or less," Mwangi said, describing such situations as "pathetic particularly during this era of information age."

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SOURCE: allAfrica

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