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Creation of a Centre of Competence in Digital Education (C-CoDE) Project within the framework of the Excellence in Africa initiative

The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) through its centre of excellence in Water Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Futures (WISE- Futures) has won funding to host a new Centre of Competence in Digital Education (C- CoDE). This centre is under the framework of the Excellence in Africa initiative of Mohanned VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) of Morocco and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) of Switzerland. C-CoDE is designed to support the transformation of training and educational practices through digital tools and technologies in Tanzania and the region. The funding is from EPFL and UM6P. A total of 44 applications from 19 Countries were submitted and finally, NM-AIST’s proposal sailed through and was declared as one among six universities to benefit from this programme. Speaking to the Management of WISE-Futures, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Research and Innovation, Prof. Anthony Mshandete pointed out that, NM-AIST always seeks to close gaps that exist due to socio-economic development and challenges. The impact of COVID-19 is one of the reasons that has led to the need of strengthening digital education to improve the quality of higher education in the universities in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, it is after COVID-19 that most universities started struggling with how to deliver their lectures through online platforms. We hope that C- CoDE will elevate digital education to professors and lecturers thereby enabling our faculty members to catch up with the ever-changing technologies, where the use of cyberspace in teaching and learning is becoming a necessity. On behalf of the entire Management of NM-AIST, Prof. Mshandete expressed heartfelt gratitude to EPFL and UM6P support and appreciated the leadership of WISE -Futures for its efforts to solicit the capacity and capability necessary to close this educational gap in Higher Learning Institutions in Tanzania and the region by enhancing the teaching and learning at NM-AIST. C-CoDE marks the 5thcentre of excellence at NM-AIST initiated to transform teaching, learning, research and innovation. These other centres include: TheCentre for Research Advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability in Food and Nutrition Security (CREATES-FNS), TheCentre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA), Data-Driven Innovation incubation Centre (DDIIncubation Centre) and The Centre for Water Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Futures (WISE-Futures) which pioneered C-CoDE. The goal is to produce top-notch researchers that can come up with innovative products and services that meet the needs of society and industry.


Up to September 2022, the C-CoDE building infrastructure has been completed by 85%, and some studio equipment and furniture are in the procurement process while waiting for the shipment of other equipment from EPFL.

C-CoDE Building after renovation

Through the collaboration of EPFL, UM6P and The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technologyhave managed to facilitate the Two technicians, Multimedia Specialists and Computer Systems Engineer (Mr. Octavian Kanyengele and Mr. Moses Malibiche) to attend training on “Establishment and Operation of the multimedia studio for the production of digital educational resources” at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University(UM6P) - Morocco from June 27th to July 08th, 2022.The training covers the following modules:

  • Equipment and operation of recording studios
  • Recording practice in studios
  • Process of production and creation of a MOOC
  • Creation of a video with validated slides
  • MOOC editing workflow
  • Process of creating MOOC subtitles
  • Color grading, mixing and export of a video project
  • Techniques of filming an interview, sound and image
  • Creation of a mini studio
  • Individual exchanges with DLL experts

Two technicians training at Mohammed IV Polytechnic University (UM6P)– Morocco


Three Lecturers at NM-AIST have received training on teaching (pedagogical) for professors and other lecturers. The purpose of both trainings is to provide quality digital educational content, such as Massive Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER).

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