African Leadership in ICT (ALICT) is an African Union Commission initiative, supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented by GESCI (Founded by the UN ICT Task Force).
The ALICT course will build the capacity of future African leaders to contribute effectively to the development of knowledge societies by imparting new leadership skills to them. These new leadership skills will provide participants with the attitudes, ideas, management tools, and strategies to act as change agents, assisting their ministries and organisations to develop coherent and well aligned polices in Education, ICT and STI.
- Equip existing and future African leaders with a commanding understanding of the key elements in the development of knowledge societies.
- Build leaders’ capacities to be agents of change in their own ministries, organisations and regions for the development of knowledge societies.
- Applicants must be from one of the following countries: Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia
- Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.2 Bachelor’s/Honours degree
- Applicants must work for a Ministry, a public sector organisation or a public research insitution or university
- Applicants must hold a middle or senior level management position
- Applicants must have the permission of their supervisor to participate on the course
- Applicants must be fluent in English
- 7 months
- Online, Offline and Applied Learning
Blended learning approach whereby participants learn both online and in face-to-face settings:
- Through the ALICT virtual workspace participants will access learning materials, engage in discussion, and complete group assignments with the support of online tutors.
- Key elements of the course will be delivered in face-to-face workshops: Introduction to the Knowledge Society, Futures Thinking, 360 leadership assessment feedback, and the development of a policy coherence roadmp.
Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a professional certificate in African Leadership in ICT from GESCI. In addition, the course is under review by Dublin City University (Ireland) for credit accumulation towards post-graduate qualifications.
- Strengthened career- advancement opportunities through relevant professional development
- Acquired 21st Century skills for the development of the Knowledge Society
- Membership to a continent-wide Professional Network of ALICT alumni
- Expected accumulated credits for post-graduate qualifications
- Working knowledge of web 2.0 tools (social media, tagging, blogging, podcasting, social bookmarking, vodcasting etc.)
- Working knowledge of Futures Thinking Tools (Horizon Scanning; Scenario Development; Delphi Method and Trend Impact Analysis)
- Appreciation for the importance of innovation and creativity in strategy formulation
- Improved Communication Skills
- Improved project management, policy planning and implementation skills
- Mastery of Leadership Toolkit for the Knowledge Society
August 1st 2012