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Objectives

Overview of Project

The main objective of the DASIK project is to develop and conduct intense training courses in current ICT-related research fields in order to generate a transfer of knowledge between the members of the participating partner institutions. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). To meet the requirements of every single industry partner, the first phase of the planned project will involve all members in defining a concrete catalogue of practice-oriented topics related to the following specific ICT fields:

  • Business Process Management (BPM)

  • Environmental Management Information Systems (EMIS)

  • Mobile Computing (MC)

  • ERP Systems (ERP)

  • Business Intelligence (BI)

In the second phase, courses and workshops are presented to selected members of each partner institution (students from the academic as institutions well as employees from the industry partners). These courses are presented by experts from the academic part of the consortium (UOL and NMMU). In a teach-the-teacher concept, the participating staff members of the involved partners are able to transfer their new knowledge to their colleagues in order to ensure a beneficial output for the companies.

 

Benefits to Industry Partners

  • Industry partners will be able to increase the skills base of their employees and gain new knowledge in the described ICT fields at a fraction of the cost (less than 25%)

  • Will benefit from the knowledge exchange provided by the German university partners who are internationally acclaimed experts in their respective fields

  • They will also get the opportunity to strengthen the partnerships with higher education institutes in order to satisfy their future employee and market demands

     

Intended Learning Outcomes of Proposed Courses

The topics of the courses have a high practice-orientation and are related to the local requirements of the employment market. Therefore, the details of every single course can be adjusted by the consortium during the project time in order to constantly meet the local requirements of each participating partner as well as the local employment market demands.

The course content and material will be designed and developed by the academic stakeholders but approved by all the stakeholders.

 

Industry Workshop

In addition to the five defined DASIK-Modules, the consortium also discussed about the two planned Industry Workshops which will take place in Germany in 2013 and in South Africa in 2014. The aim of the Industry Workshops is to discuss the process and the results of the DASIK project on a higher level. The planned Industry Workshops should address other external companies in order to allow them to benefit from the results of the project as well. Every Industry Workshops should build a platform for project partners and guests, which are interested in the topics of the DASIK-Modules, to exchange their knowledge and their different views in order to generate new ideas for topics and build up possible cooperations. Representatives of the project partners as well as experts coming from other companies/universities will be invited as speakers. During the Kick-off Meeting the participating partners discussed about the idea, to do two duplicate Industry Workshops in South Africa (one in Port Elizabeth and another one in Johannesburg) in order to address more people in South Africa as the target country of the DASIK project.