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UbuntuNet Alliance: A collaborative research platform for sharing of technological tools for eradication of brain drain

Mbale, Jameson; Kadzamira, Zimani D.; Martin, Duncan; Kyalo, Victor

Abstract:
This paper discusses the significance of modern, internet-based communications as well as that of research and education networking as a means of enabling students and staff across Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in academic and research life with other universities and research centers.  The UbuntuNET Alliance is an association of African Research and Education Networks (NREN's) which aims to facilitate better bandwidth infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The authors emphasise that insufficient internet connectivity has resulted in poor economic development in Africa due to the lack of both innovation and invention of new technological tools for reproduction.  Many African universies are unable to spearhead the research necessary to prosper economically.  As a result, the majority of African academics migrate to the West where advanced technology would assist them in participating in research and scholarship.       

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Title of Paper: UbuntuNet Alliance: A collaborative research platform for sharing of technological tools for eradication of brain drain
Conference Name: Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents (COREVIP) of African Universities
Conference Date: 2007-10-21
Conference Location: Tripoli, Libya
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2007
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Information & Communication Technology ICT, Higher Education Institutions HEI s, Developing countries, Infrastructure, Networks, Bandwidth


File Size:41 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the AAU.
Date Added:12 May 2008


Mbale, Jameson; Kadzamira, Zimani D.; Martin, Duncan; Kyalo, Victor (2007). UbuntuNet Alliance: A collaborative research platform for sharing of technological tools for eradication of brain drain, Presented at the Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) October, 2007