Partnership to Tackle IT Skills Shortage in South Africa

Software solution provider, SAP, through its University Alliances program has partnered with DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) to develop curricula and establish an African university community to deliver enterprise systems (ES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) education courses that are accessible both on and offline to African students interested in broadening their ICT skills. DEG co-finances the three-year initiative which is estimated to cost EUR 3 million.

Partnership to Tackle IT Skills Shortage in South Africa

The world's leading software solution provider, SAP, through its University Alliances program, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Germany's Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU) have launched a Euro 3 million project aimed at addressing skills shortages in sub-Saharan Africa.

DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) co-finances the three-year initiative with public funds from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The project, called Enterprise Systems Education for Africa (ESEFA) aims to develop curricula and establish an African university community to deliver enterprise systems (ES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) education courses that are accessible both on and offline to African students interested in broadening their ICT skills.

ESEFA is going to offer opportunities for professional development to the next generation of African employees, not only giving them an in-depth understanding of highly integrated business processes, but also the know-how of standard business software.

The ESEFA team aims to develop partnerships with at least one large university in nine sub-Saharan countries, as well as one other university in South Africa. ES/ERP courses for lecturers and students will be offered in co-operation with these partner African universities. To achieve this objective, extensive capacity building measures will be carried out and a comprehensive toolset that allows blended learning will be developed and implemented.

As a flagship university in South Africa, UCT will be conducting field studies over the duration of the project to evaluate and improve the course design and teaching material, which will ensure that the curriculum remains relevant and offers relevant and sustainable Enterprise Systems education in the Sub-Saharan region.

Partners

  • Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

    Investment & Finance
    Germany | Staff size: 251-500

    Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of KfW, is a European development finance institutions for long-term project and company financing. For 50...

  • SAP

    Service Providers
    Staff size: 1001-5000

    As a market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to...

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Key Information

LocationSouth Africa, Southern Africa
StatusActive
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueEUR 3 Million
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