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KivUpsIT: Kivu region is Upskilling Information Technology through networking


This project aims to solve two important development problems in the Kivu region: (1) a high rate of youth unemployment in the IT sector and (2) a series of problems related to Higher Education in DRCongo . These are (a) the lack of in-service training of the academic staff, (b) the low quality of informatics courses. This project includes: (1) strengthening the skills of the academic staff of two institutions: the Université Catholique de Bukvavu and the Institut Supérieur d’Informatique et de Gestion of Goma; (2) the creation of 'KivUpsIT', an inter-institutional network that will ensure an exchange of views on the integration of practical and 21st century skills into the informatics curriculum; (3) the establishment of a structural exchange framework between UCB, ISIG, civil society and the private sector; (4) improving the quality of student internships and theses; (5) a hackathon (the culmination of the project) that will integrate all the acquired skills and spark the entrepreneurial spirit.

Intervention type



01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Piet Boedt
Local promoter Fabrice Muvundja
GEO Maayke Nabuurs
Budget holder Sofie Schoonbaert
Local partner institution Karel De Grote Hogeschool
visit www.kdg.be
Local partner institution Université Catholique de Bukavu
Other Flemish Partners Universiteit Antwerpen
visit www.uantwerpen.be
Other local partners Institut Supérieur d'Informatique et de Gestion
visit www.isig.ac.cd
Budget € 90.000