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    Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA)

    CENIT@EA Overview

    CENIT@EA was launched in late 2017. The centre was established for several reasons which include:

    • Aiming at strengthening teaching and research in the field of embedded and mobile systems in East Africa
    • Facilitating the collaboration between academia and industry for improved capability and efficiency in solving societal and industry-related challenges

    CENIT@EA was established in cooperation with the Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), German Development Agency (GIZ), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and an academic consortium which is composed of:

    • CENIT@EA host institution, the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology
    • CENIT@EA Academic Coordinator, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
    • The University of Dar es Salaam
    • The University of Technology and Arts in Byumba (UTAB)
    • The University of Applied Sciences Mannheim
    • The German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    In July 2021 the CENIT@EA project entered its second phase, themed Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry (dskills@EA-CENIT@EA). This phase builds and expands on CENIT@EA project activities including: further facilitation of the MSc. EMoS programme, improving CENIT@EA’s societal and industrial collaboration at local, regional, and international levels as well as developing participants’ digital skills to improve youth employment and entrepreneurship in the EAC region.

    Programmes and How to Apply

    CENIT@EA offers a two-year master’s degree in Embedded and Mobile Systems that is geared towards the needs of the private and public sector in East Africa. EMoS is a regional program. It is a practical-based, industry responsive, technical master’s programme which is designed to create an Academia for Society and Industry. The Centre achieves this by increasing knowledge, skills and competencies in Embedded and Mobile Systems and by developing skills that are relevant to industry, the entrepreneurial sphere and the community. This improves the employability of graduates.

    The master’s degree includes elements such as:

    • An internship
    • An applied master’s thesis
    • Summer schools
    • Guest lecturers from the private and public sector
    • Entrepreneurial and soft skills training

    These elements enable students to develop and marketize digital solutions, that are crucial for the transformation of industries and the development of the region. The EMoS programme is structured in academic modules which includes distinctive and integrative courses with high educational and practical content that address the local and regional development needs and challenges.

    The programme includes a variety of courses and it focusses on four major topics, which are highly relevant to current industry issues:

    • Mobile Computing
    • Embedded Systems
    • Soft Skills
    • Basic Skills

    The MSc. EMoS programme is aimed at graduates who hold a first academic degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM), as well as professionals working in academia or in the private and public sector. CENIT@EA especially aims to strengthen the role of women in STEM-related fields and the ICT sector. Female graduates are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

    •  For more information, please visit our website: CENIT@EA

    •  Interested students can apply through:  NM-AIST Online Admission System

    •  MSc. EMoS Admission process is handled by NM-AIST: NM-AIST Website


    CENIT@EA supports capacity building, digital skills accelerator events as well as industrial placement for students. To date the centre has facilitated several events including: innovation promotion, entrepreneurship, android programming, summer schools, student participation in regional summits, data science and guest lectures in various areas related to Embedded and Mobile Systems. The centre has also secured various industrial partnerships in the region.

    The MSc. EMoS curriculum is continuously improved through systematic reviews. The Centre supports innovation management for students and graduates with start-up plans, as well as offering training courses to improve practical digital skills that are in demand in the business world. The Centre is working towards establishing: a career service unit, an alumni work centre and a didactic centre. Digital skills are invaluable and we at CENIT@EA see to it that we positively contribute towards building these skills.

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