Somalia's ICT boom: the untold story
13 August, 2015
"Somalia and the Somali people have long been misunderstood internationally," says Mohamed Elmi, who is in the second year of his Commerce PhD programme in Information Systems. "I believe I have a responsibility to share the nuances of my country and its people." Elmi's research focus is on the potential of Somalia's thriving information and communication technologies (ICT) sector to spur stability and economic development in the war-torn African state.
Somalia's recent history is a tragic one: ripped apart by civil war in 1991, the country has had no effective, functioning state apparatus for over 20 years, creating a void filled by warlords who rule by ideology and violence. Today Somalia is the textbook case of a 'failed state' – a country equated with militant Islamic group Al Shabaab, and international piracy. But there is another story Somalia has to tell: a story of a growing economy and a thriving ICT sector, which according to Elmi, may offer a glimpse of Somalia?s path to future stability and prosperity.
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Trio of exemplary collaborations with the Department of Information Systems
10 March, 2015
Gaining real-world experience is just one of the benefits that has been given to Information Systems students as the dynamic department of Information Systems in the Faculty of Commerce cements partnerships with the public sector, private sector, and other universities across Africa. HoD Prof Kevin Johnston noted: “The Department has collaborated and formed partnerships with many corporates over the years, and these collaborations have been mutually beneficial.”
Three exemplary ongoing collaborations with the department include partnerships with the City of Cape Town, with industry leader EY, and with universities across the continent through Enterprise Systems Education for Africa (ESEFA).
Gaining real-world experience is just one of the benefits that has been given to IS students as the dynamic department of Information Systems in the Faculty of Commerce cements partnerships with the public sector, private sector, and other universities across Africa.
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Winner of lucidity prize shares writing tips
13 February, 2015
Lucid writing begins with lucid thinking. This gem was imparted by Megan Mc Laren, an Information Systems graduate who has won the Keswick Prize for Lucidity.
Her essay, Impacts of Gamification on Perception and Behaviour, was based on the literature review of her technical report in her BCom Honours in Information Systems. It is rare for Commerce students to win this prize, which is jealously guarded by the Humanities Faculty.The R7 500 prize is awarded annually by Sir John Chippendale Lindley Keswick (fondly known as Sir Chips), whose only stipulation is that he receives a jargon-free letter of thanks.
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