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Makerere goes digital.

Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, has announced plans to become the first university in East Africa to install new ICT for the use of students and faculty whether on the campus or remotely. Thanks to an International Finance Corporation grant of $1.5m, students will be able to manage their course work as well as crosscheck their assignments with the use of the internet portal.

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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, who described the technology as crucial for students as "a knowledge multiplier", launched the project. At the launch, the IFC's Scott Featherstone borrowed Nelson Mandela's words that "education is the most powerful weapon to use to change the world". He added that the challenge is "for all of us to ensure that higher standards of education are achieved through modern methods of conducting educational activities, especially using ICTs". In total, 15 universities in six other African countries, including Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria, have already gone digital.
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Title Annotation:Education; Makerere University
Publication:African Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6UGAN
Date:Jul 1, 2007
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