Information and Communication Technologies in Tertiary Education in sub-Saharan Africa
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All universities need to connect to the global knowledge backbone in order to enhance research, innovation, teaching and learning. Yet most African countries lack reliable access to this backbone as a result of the nascent state of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their institutions. African institutions face many challenges – infrastructural, technical, organizational and political – and are making concerted efforts to address them. This chapter examines the status and potential of ICTs in institutions in eight African countries, and offers a set of recommendations on ways to promote ICTs, as well as the development of institutions and countries in general.