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Title: IP SYMPOSIUM FOR AFRICA Kigali, 7-9 July 2003 A CONTRIBUTION OF THE NUR ON ICT CAPACITY BUILDING


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IP SYMPOSIUM FOR AFRICAKigali, 7-9 July 2003A
CONTRIBUTION OF THE NUR ON ICT CAPACITY BUILDING
By Dr. Safari Bonfils
Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, National
University of Rwanda
E-mailfst-dean_at_nur.ac.rw
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INTRODUCTION
From 1994 to 1998 in the then Faculty of Applied
Sciences was the Department of Electromechanical
Engineering as one of the Departments. This
department was running a three-year diploma
courses in fields of electro-mechanics, computer
science, electricity, electronics and mechanics.
in 1998 a new national policy NICI PLAN-2005
directing the socio-economic development was
launched. Coincidently the NUR which was at the
time in its process of reform merged it faculty
of applied Science and Faculty of Science into a
new faculty, Faculty of Science and Technology.
This new Faculty began a four-year BSc in
Computer Science and a five-year BSc in
Electrical and Electronic engineering programme.
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THE CREATION OF THE COMPUTER SCIENCE AND
ELECTRICAL ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS
  • STRATEGIES

Since 1998 there has been a total reform of all
programmes in the University.This was necessary
to redirect the NUR educational programmes to
meet the needs of the country after the 1994
genocide. After a one-year intensive common
science programme, comprehensive three and four-
year syllabus, of international standards, have
been developed for the training of the computer
science and electrical and electronic engineering
undergraduate students respectively.
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COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
Networking System Administration
Web Design
Software Development

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DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRONIC
Power Electrical Engineering
Electronics and Telecommunications
Wireless communication Radio, Microwave,
Sattelite
Computer-based design and simulation
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Laboratories
The electronics laboratory was upgraded with new
digital equipment as well as experiment kits.
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Laboratories
Two new computer science laboratories were
created with 20 computers each high memory
capacity, which have been networked to the
University main internet server. These were
donations from partnership between NUR and
Belgian Universities (CIUF) and also from the
University of Maryland (USA) through USAID.
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Laboratories
AVU Computer laboratory was set up. It helps the
faculty to overcome its academic problems by
delivering on-line programmes for the two
departments. CISCO Academic Programme is also
delivering on-line courses on Networking.
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Staff
Thanks to the government of Rwanda new technical
and academic staff were recruited and a visiting
professorial programme was put in place with the
support from UNDP. The staffing situation is yet
to be satisfactory resolved.
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  • Before 1998

Before the lunching of the Integrated ICT-led
Socio-Economic Development Policy and Plan for
Rwanda 2001 2005, the Faculty of Science and
Technology of the National University of Rwanda
was turning out three-year diplomas in the field
of electrical and electronic technicians.
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Technical engineers constitute the national
trained skills and are working as ICT experts in
many public and private companies and are
technical staff in different academic
institutions and Banks.
RWANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY
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ELECTROGAZ
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MINADEF ( ICT RADAR )
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA
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KIST 3, BCR 2 , BCDI 1, COGEAR 1
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After 1998
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ICT FACILITIES
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ACADEMIC STAFF  
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Contd  
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The Department of Computer Science as at now has
been placed in a position where it can
systematically develop and reach an international
standard. To meet the goals and aspiration of the
economic development of Rwanda, there is the need
to equip the Department of Electrical and
Electronic Engineering. The focus will be on the
building of laboratories in electronics and
telecommunications particularly in wireless
systems and radio propagation laboratory. This is
taking into account the peculiar nature of the
relief of the country. It is also envisaged that
in the nearest future the development of ICT in
the country will be through the intensive
application of wireless communication at higher
frequency bands.  
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Curriculum of The Bachelor Degree of Science
In Information Technology (BSc in IT)   TO BE
SET UP IN OCTOBER 2003 THE ACADEMIC YEAR
2003-2004
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Background
  • To help build the knowledge-based economy, NURs
    BS IT graduates will need to be able to implement
    business solutions for both public and private
    enterprises. Graduates will need to fill three
    primary roles upon graduation system
    administration and network administration,
    software development, and communication
    technology.

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  • The BS in IT curriculum has been conceived to
    respond to the demand of former Applied Sciences
    students expressed to the Rector of the NUR to
    upgrade their level up to the bachelor degree.
    Having considered the knowledges background
    acquired by them from Applied Sciences curriculum
    and the actual manpower needs of the country in
    the field as stated by the VISION 2020, the
    Faculty of Science and Technology came out with
    realization of the following curriculum
  • The purpose of upgrading the former diploma
    program with this curriculum is to ensure that
    the BS IT curriculum is meeting the programmatic
    objectives, has adequate resources, and is
    preparing students to help the country meet the
    objectives for Rwandas ICT initiative.

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  • This undergraduate degree program includes
    theoretical computer science, practical
    applications of computer technology to the world
    of information systems, telecommunications, and
    networks. The curriculum prepares the student for
    immediate employment upon graduation as IT
    professionals. The curriculum also provides the
    necessary foundation for advanced specializations
    in information technology, information systems,
    and related disciplines. Considering the central
    role of communication medium in information
    technologies, the program will include digital
    communications techniques with analysis of BER
    (Bit Error Rate) performance of the
    communications systems, and optical fiber and
    wireless communications topics because of the
    growing importance of those two transmission
    media.

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Curriculum of The Master of Science Degree In
Information and Communication Technology (MSc in
ICT)   TO BE SET UP IN OCTOBER 2003 THE ACADEMIC
YEAR 2003-2004
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Background
  • Since 1997-1998 the Faculty of Science and
    Technology at the National University of Rwanda
    has set up two undergraduate programmes in the
    fields related to Information and Communication
    Technology a Bachelor degree in Computer Science
    and a Bachelor degree in Electrical and
    Electronics Engineering. In addition to the
    Departments running these programmes, an existing
    Computer Centre facilitates Internet connectivity
    and computer maintenance to various Faculties and
    to the administration of NUR.

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  • However, NUR continues to face some major
    obstacles in the area of curriculum performance
    and infrastructure. Most pressing are the lack of
    local, qualified ICT lecturers and trained
    technicians as well as inadequate infrastructure
    and equipment.
  • NUR is one out of few providers of qualified ICT
    training in Rwanda, but at present the lack of
    qualified staff prevents NUR from providing an
    MSc programme in the area.

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  • NUR in co-operation with the Swedish counterpart
    institution-the Blekinge Institute of Technology
    (Blekinge Tekniska Högskola-BTH)- is developing a
    curriculum for an MSc programme in ICT, in
    consensus with other stakeholders in the country.
    The overall objective is to offer a programme,
    which will meet the needs of Rwanda within this
    field in a Rwanda context human resources,
    researchers, and socio-economic development. This
    will be the first MSc-Programme in ICT in Rwanda,
    and it will increase the knowledge of ICT in the
    country as well as be the first step towards
    creating a basis for ICT research.

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Overall objectives
  • The MSc in ICT will be offered in the Rwanda
    context taking into account local ICT
    implementation and requirements in the National
    Vision
  • The MSc in ICT is aiming to, in co-operation with
    the surrounding society, respond to the needs of
    the socio-economic development of Rwanda
  • The graduates from the MSc in ICT will be part of
    a basis of human resources within the ICT field
    for both private and public sector
  • The graduates from the MSc in ICT will also be
    able to support teaching staff in tertiary
    institutions in Rwanda
  • The graduates from the MSc in ICT will be
    eligible for PhD studies in ICT at the Blekinge
    Institute of Technology respecting the admission
    procedures.

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Specific objectives
  • The programme called Master Degree of Science in
    Information and Communication Technology covers
    two main disciplines Telecommunication
    Engineering and Computer Science and Software
    Engineering.

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IP SYMPOSIUM FOR AFRICA
  • THANK YOU
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