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Use of ICT in Higher Education Institutions

The trend towards a knowledge-based economy has emphasized the importance of universities as repositories of valuable human capital to help secure shares in the global market. The accelerating shift to high-technology and information technology economies, requires sustained human resource development and training. Driven by globalization and pressures to teach and train knowledgeable, skilled and competitive professionals, universities face a huge challenge to increase access to higher education and improve the quality of higher education against the stark reality of decreasing resources.

Fundamental to the creation of qualified human resources is an accessible, effective and efficient higher education system, particularly when governments are counting on university graduates to be competitive in creating wealth for their respective countries. Universities are compelled to be innovative and lead by example in using cutting edge technology to meet these expectations.

One activity of the ICT for Accessible, Effective and Efficient Higher Education Project, with the support of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust, is to document case studies of innovative ICT practices in higher education in four areas:

  • Open and distance learning;
  • Blended learning;
  • Research;
  • Administration and management.

These case studies will provide useful information for policy makers, university leaders, administrators and teaching staff to adopt and adapt these innovations in their country and institutions.

More information on this activity will be provided as, and when it is available.