University of Yaoundé I designated African Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technologies
The World Bank has designated Yaoundé University I a Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technologies (CETIC, in French). The school received academic support from the Association des Universités Africaines for its winning bid.
The CETIC project is backed by the École Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique and the International Laboratory for Research in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics (LIRIMA). It is led by Dr Charles Awono Onana, Director of the École Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique, and Dr Maurice Tchuente, Director of LIRIMA.
The expected benefits of CETIC status include:
- more, and better, course offerings and research in the field of information and communication technologies, encompassing computer science, modelling, scientific computation, and mechatronics
- technology transfer serving the private sector
- greater visibility for Yaoundé University I in the world of African scientific and technological education.
LIRIMA plays an important role in this project via Inria and African partners. The structure of research at the new CETIC will follow the Inria model, adopted by LIRIMA: project teams—each consisting of twenty or so researchers led by a science director—are to tackle topics chosen for their potential impact on development. The University’s new CETIC status will also promote interactions between researchers and students working towards PhDs and master’s degrees.
Hélène Kirchner, Director of International Relations, represents Inria on the CETIC Scientific Committee.