Johannesburg — THE world's leading software solution provider, Systems Applications Products (SAP) University Alliances, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Germany's Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU) have launched a Euro 3 million project aimed at addressing skills shortages in sub-Saharan Africa.
DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) co-finances the three-year initiative with public funds from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The so-called Enterprise Systems Education for Africa (ESEFA) project aims to develop curricula and establish an African university community to deliver enterprise systems ES and enterprise resource planning (ERP) education courses that are accessible both on and offline to African students interested in broadening their ICT skills.
Karin Reissenauer, ESEFA project manager at UCT, said the continent was characterised by huge diversity in the social and industrial sectors and economic growth predictions had resulted in a defined need for skilled employees who are familiar with modern information and computer technology.
“What ESEFA is going to do is offer opportunities for professional development to the next generation of African employees, not only giving them an in-depth understanding of highly integrated business processes, but also the know-how of standard business software,” Reissenauer said.
The ESEFA team aims to develop partnerships with at least one large university in nine sub-Saharan countries, as well as one other university in South Africa.
ES/ERP courses for lecturers and students will be offered in co-operation with these partner African universities.
To achieve this objective, extensive capacity building measures will be carried out and a comprehensive toolset that allows blended learning will be developed and implemented, said De Wet Naude from SAP University Alliances Africa.
As a flagship university in South Africa, UCT will be conducting field studies over the duration of the project to evaluate and improve the course design and teaching material, which will ensure that the curriculum remains relevant and offers relevant and sustainable Enterprise Systems education in the Sub-Saharan region.
“The ESEFA project gives students in Africa the opportunity of a highly integrated learning experience with Enterprise Systems."
Therefore, the University Competence Center (UCC) Magdeburg will provide access to SAP education systems and will contribute through its extensive experience in the field of ES/ERP teaching,” said Patrick Wirz, Strategic Project Manager at OvGU. - CAJ News