To improve capabilities for innovation and higher productivity and to become globally competitive we should invest in higher education and training in Science Technology and Innovation (STI). The latest ICT technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) have the potential to revolutionize science and transform lives through environmental management, monitoring and control by remote sensing, agriculture, health equipment, automation in e-governance, tourism, networking, security, software development and will greatly improve service delivery in all sectors. This will create more jobs and reflect into socio-economic development.
There is scarcity of trained personnel in the IoT domain in the East and South African (ESA) region who can work towards development of new innovative approaches and solutions, focusing on low-cost, open and sustainable solutions. Therefore, the main development challenge is to build a critical mass of African scientists and engineers in the field of IoT through higher education, research and training. Rather than addressing a specific development challenge, IoT focuses on the underlying technological framework for all development challenges. For example to list few, IoT devices can greatly benefit farmers to monitor irrigation and to predict water necessities based on temperature, humidity, soil moisture and light readings; would be the best monitoring tool for disaster management; could be used as patient vital sign monitoring and scheduling device in rural and remote health centers; and to monitor real-time data such as the state of batteries, the usage of energy , the status of the panels allowing for the dynamic exchange of energy among users.
IoT is a multidisciplinary field and the two main focus directions are Wireless Sensor Networking and Embedded Computing Systems. Hence, we propose a Master’s program in Internet of Things in Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networking under the African Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT) to educate and train African researchers in the field of IoT. There is another Master’s program also under the ACEIoT focusing in Embedded Computing Systems. Both programs have five modules of 50 credits out of the 240 credits in common and are core compulsory modules of the Masters in IoT program. Both programs therefore has 28.83% of the content in common. These modules introduce the whole area of the Internet of Things and explain its relevance and importance. This background will be instrumental for the student to undertake the other specialized modules focused to Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networking field. They ought to understand the flow of the modules in each option, and the expected learning outcomes.
As ACEIoT is a collaborative Project with Regional and International partners from Academia, Industries and Research Institutions funded by World Bank to build STI capacity in the ESA region, these Masters programs will be targeting students from within the country Rwanda and to the students from the ESA region.
ACEIoT will be offering MSc. in IoT comencing January, 2018 upon approval by HEC of Rwanda.
- Wireless Intelligent Sensors Networking (WISeNet).
- Embedded Computing Systems (ECS)
Robotic Sensor Networks (RoSeNet) -will be offered in 2019
Duration: 2 Years, fulltime.