Building Innovation Capacity of individuals and organisations in Africa
In 2012 Dr. Margaret Farren and Dr. Yvonne Crotty spearheaded a unique initiative in collaboration with the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) - a Kenyan based NGO - which enables African leaders to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development in ICT and the Knowledge Society from Dublin City University (DCU). The programme is directly linked to workplace decision-making and the leadership roles of participants. Graduates of DCU's Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development in ICT and the Knowledge Society can progress to the Masters in Education and Training Management (eLearning) programme. See programme details and pedagogical approach.
The first cohort of leaders from 5 countries: Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa and Mauritius completed the programme in August 2012. A second group from Malawi, Botswana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia and Mozambique completed the programme in July 2013. Video at the start of the Graduation Ceremony, which was held in the Rift Valley, Kenya.
In 2015 another group of African leaders were presented with the Postgraduate Diploma at the Graduation Ceremony that took place at DCU - Video of Graduation ceremony.
From 2015 DCU has offered a French version of the Postgraduate programme to a limited number of students in North and West Africa. The Graduation Ceremony took place at Dublin City University (DCU) on Thursday 3rd November, 2016.
Graduation Ceremony in Kenya (2013)
Speaking at the Graduation Ceremony, which took place at the Rift Valley Hotel, Kenya on July 5th, 2013, HE Dr. Elhan MA Ibrahim, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy spoke of the strategic importance of the programme: "The African Leadership in ICT programme is one of the African Union's key initiative contributing to the development of sustainable knowledge societies in Africa."
At the Graduation Ceremony DCU's President Brian MacCraith said; "For the first time in recent history, this Continent has the means to effect real economic and social improvement for her people."
Future African leaders graduate from DCU
Award Ceremony News - Irish Times
Award Ceremony News - African Brains
African Union Headquarters, AU Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Photo taken at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Yvonne and Margaret travelled to Ethiopia and Kenya to present at the Postgraduate Diploma programme workshops. The photo shows participants from Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa and Mauritius at one of the workshops that was held at the African Union Headquarters. (Photo taken August 2012).
Jerome Morrissey CEO of GeSCI visits DCU in May 2014