News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 85 on 9 November 2001

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WIDERNET: CONNECTING AND UPSKILLING AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES

9 November 2001

Education creates the skills through which Africa will take advantage of "getting connected". Yet many African universities lack the means or the expertise to offer their students these benefits. Even in a campus as "wired" as the University of Jos, those involved are effectively "first-time" buyers in this field. Working out of the US’s University of Iowa, WiderNet has been finding ways of overcoming these barriers for Nigeria’s University of Jos and building links between Iowan and Nigerian scholars. Bonnie Pedersen from WiderNet explains.   The WiderNet Project was founded by Cliff Missen, a systems analyst in the Department of…