Building Digital Technical Capacity
Additional partners: Kirkwood Community College; Iowa State University; Microsoft; Red Hat; LearnKey; EZ-Ref Customized Courseware; 3-Com Corporation.
This collaboration bolstered the ability of technicians and computer support personnel to develop, maintain, and promote the use of computers and networks at their universities.
Over the course of the partnership, about 345 Nigerian nationals—including 68 women—took training in computer support, network design, database design, website development, and general ICT implementation skills. The training format included 10-12 week computer-based courses, and one-week, in-country, hands-on intensive training classes and workshops.
The partnership received numerous donations from the private sector, including more than 650 Pentium-class computers, computer-based training packages for network designers and administrators, wireless equipment, a complete computer training courseware library, and various operating systems and software.
An unanticipated “south-south” collaboration developed when the University of Jos (UJ) sent technicians to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) to learn about wireless networking while OAU sent their technicians to UJ to learn about fiber optic networks. By working together and drawing on each other’s expertise, the institutions expanded the capacity of their respective computer networks. OAU later signed a contract to manufacture computers for UJ.
At a Glance
University of Iowa; Nigerian National Universities Commission
Sep 2000–Dec 2003