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Since the roll-out of the Enterprise System Education for Africa (ESEFA) to 10 African countries was effected, there has been a need for an opportunity where member universities can discuss the current status of the project, issues currently being dealt with and the future sustainability of ESEFA.

By linking up and combining up with the 9th IDIA 2015 Conference in Zanzibar on 8 to 9 November 2015 (co-hosted by Monash University and University of Cape Town), an ideal opportunity arose to create synergies between an existing regional academic conference and ESEFA.  See http://www.developmentinformatics.org/conferences/2015/index.html for more detail.

ESEFA members will attend the IDIA conference (a number of ESEFA members will be presenting papers at IDIA as well) and then stay on for an additional two days for a dedicated ESEFA workshop (10 and 11 November). The gala dinner on 9 November as well as the first open session on 10 November will be used as a communication platform to promote the programme to non-ESEFA member universities in Africa.  Prof. Adenike Osofisan from the University of Ibadan has been selected at guest speaker at the Gala Dinner and Workshop.

The first session (the morning of 10 November) will be open to both ESEFA and non-ESEFA participants. The afternoon session on 10 November and the whole of 11 November will be a closed session for ESEFA member institutions.

Amongst other, the following topics will be discussed

Open session:

  • SAP University Alliances and the ESEFA programme
  • ESEFA project – what we have achieved so far
  • ESEFA curriculum
  • Joining the ESEFA programme
  • Company demand for IT skills across Africa.  Job prospects for students

Closed Session:

  • ES Fundamentals teaching challenges
  • ESEFA programme collaboration and governance
  • Creating a collaborative academic community
  • Establishing a Sub-Saharan African (SSA) Academic Board
  • Enterprise Systems education research collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Suggested improvements to the ES Fundamentals curriculum
  • Long-term sustainability of the ESEFA programme
  • Overview of curriculum modules for integration
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