Dr J Mutale has been actively involved in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE activities in Africa after his appointment by the IEEE President to serve on the IEEE President’s Ad Hoc Committee on African Activities in 2013 and 2014.
The main focus of committee has thus far been on technical workforce development.
Key activities of the committee have included promoting access to IEEE Xplore digital library and forging closer links with industry.
Working with IEEE to enable Universities in Africa Access IEEE Xplore digital library.
The committee has so far concentrated on countries in sub-Sahara Africa to facilitate access by universities in this region to IEEE Xplore at favourable rates. A workshop bringing together universities from Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya, the IEEE team as well as EBSCO, the IEEE Xplore agent and the members of the Ad Hoc Committee was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 28 January 2014.
Progress is being made on this and it is anticipated that at least 5 universities will soon have access to IEEE Xplore.
A workshop 'Supporting accreditation of engineering degree programmes' was held on 19 June 2012 to address issues of accreditation of the engineering degree programmes initially by local engineering institutions and later by international organisations such IET or Abet.
Forging close links between universities and industry, The University of Manchester is supporting the establishment of engineering employers’ circles with the aim of bringing closer together industry and academia.
This is intended to deliver a
- platform for industry to provide feedback to universities on the quality of graduates and their fitness for purpose
- formal framework for industrial support to the universities and
- formalised process of provision of internships for engineering students, as part of their education.
The IEEE has provided US$9,350 for establishing the Employers’ circle in Zambia.
Education Partnerships in Africa (EPA) organised a research workshop to encourage local academics to develop their research and begin to publish in international journals.
Research workshop was held on 24 April 2013 to which international contributors where invited.