NMMU has managed to pull off a coup in terms of education and training in South Africa. With R2.5-million in funding from the German Academic Exchange Service, NMMU's computer sciences department – together with Germany's University of Oldenburg and Tanzania's University of Dar es Salaam – ran the first of five groundbreaking courses for post-graduates and professionals.
What makes the Dasik (Developing and Strengthening Industry-driven Knowledge-transfer between developing countries) programme unique is the extensive collaboration between industry and academia to form training which is strong in both practical application and research. The Seda NMB ICT (information and communications technology) incubator and NMMU's computer science department have a strong partnership which yielded outstanding results during the first Dasik course on business process management, which saw professionals from around the world attend.
At the incubator we aid some start-ups from NMMU's computer science department, among others, and it's encouraging to witness the amount of innovation these small businesses have. We believe it is crucial for academia and industry to come together to reach the common goal of creating more ICT-related employment opportunities for the youth of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Since October last year we have been involved in a partnership with the University of Oldenburg and NMMU to expand international relations and create exchange opportunities with students both from South Africa and Germany.
Sipelo Lupondwana, centre manager, Seda NMB ICT Incubator