IEEE Africa Student and Young Professional Congress 2017: (IEEE ASYPC 2017)

The ASYP Congress is a bi-annual Meeting where more than 200 IEEE students and young professionals, mainly from Africa come together to learn, interact, collaborate, and increase effective networking under the presence of IEEE Global executives. It is also an opportunity to network with industry professionals, enhance your soft skills, to boost your leadership skills, to participate in competitions, to exchange ideas and culture, experiences and thoughts, and to create value by implementing new ideas.
The program will include technical, professional, educational, and social activities. Sessions will be presented by highly qualified international speakers.

You can now Register to attend the First IEEE Africa Student and Young professional Congress ASYPC2017.

Visit http://asypc2017.org/

IEEE AFRICON 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, 18-20th September 2017

IEEE AFRICON 2017 is the premier biennial event of the IEEE in Africa. This flagship conference gives academic and industry attendees the opportunity to share their research. The event will be hosted in the Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront Cape Town, South Africa, from 18 to 20 September 2017 and is co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8, IEEE South Africa Section, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, the University of Pretoria and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.

The conference covers the full spectrum of IEEE activities.

Prospective authors are requested to focus on key areas relevant to Africa such as power and energy, remote sensing, engineering for healthcare, communication networks and education technologies.

Important deadlines:

Submission of papers: 14 May 2017

Notification to Authors: 30 June 2017

Camera Ready Version: 15 July 2017

 

Please consult the conference website for more information and regular updates at http://africon2017.org

To make the visit even more attractive and valuable AFRICON 2017 is co-located with the International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL 2017), http://www.hkws.org/conference/icwl2017/, taking place from 20 – 22 September 2017.

Cape Town has established itself as a world class tourist destination. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a unique setting with a working harbour and scenic views of Table Mountain, combined with restaurants, shopping, street music, museums, an aquarium, and the starting point for day trips further afield to renowned wineries and the Cape of Good Hope.

Petition to form the IEEE ComSoc Kenya Section Approved

Good News! IEEE Kenya Section petition for formation of the Kenya Chapter of ComSoc was approved

Below are the list the activities the unit will  be focusing  on its first year.  There will be a lot of co-operation with the various committees and the Kenyan Chapter of the Computer Society to achieve some of the mutually beneficial activities.

  • Chapter Business Meetings – discuss and plan for Chapter activities
  • Social Networking Meetings – for member bonding
  • Technical Workshops on topics currently affecting Kenya’s Communication industry
  • Student Career Fair – Provide Mentorship and internship opportunities to students in Communications disciplines
  • Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) – to bridge the gap between students and their career goals
  • Community outreach to promote Communication technology and attract new members
  • Webinars on Technical Subjects – delivered by experts in different fields with members getting priority to present/attend
  • Distinguished Lecture Tours – provide members with opportunities to learn from experts in the Communications field
  • Soft skills training for members

Our past chair, currently chairs the chapter. For more information visit here

Special Message from IEEE President Karen Bartleson

IEEE President Karen Bartleson released the following statement in response to concerns expressed by IEEE members around the world:IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated, believes that governments of all countries must recognize that, in a world of increasing global connectivity, science and engineering are fundamental enterprises, for which openness, international collaboration, and the free flow of ideas and talented individuals are essential to advancement.

Every country benefits from attracting, and competing for, the best and brightest scientists and engineers from around the world to study, teach, conduct and collaborate on research, innovate new technologies, and start commercial endeavors. Science and engineering lead to enhancements in quality of life and ultimately build economic prosperity and security.  All countries should develop and maintain immigration and visa policies that encourage, facilitate, and protect the ability of people, from around the world, to engage in these types of science and engineering activities.

Diversity is an important and valued strength; IEEE is committed to the realization and maintenance of an environment in which scientists and engineers, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, or nationality, have the right to pursue their careers without discrimination. Science, engineering—and humanity—prosper where there is freedom of movement, association, and communication.

IEEE Unveils Strategy to Increase the Number of Engineers in Africa

Many people in Africa still don’t have access to electricity or advanced medical technology. To meet such needs, a well-trained engineering workforce is key. But there’s a shortage. In Kenya, for example, there are nearly 8,000 registered engineers, but the country estimates it needs 20,000 more within the next decade.

To find out how IEEE can help increase Africa’s engineering workforce, the organization’s top leaders for the past four years have been meeting with representatives from the continent’s governments, universities, and industries, as well as local IEEE members. Among the issues they raised were a lack of continuing education programs and the need for IEEE and other engineering associations to help develop appropriate public policy.

Based on those and other concerns, the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Activities in Africa, which serves as IEEE’s representative on the continent, developed a plan. The “Strategy for IEEE Assistance in Building Engineering Capacity in Underserved African Countries” plan, which was endorsed in November by the IEEE Board of Directors, is now being implemented. The strategy focuses on three goals: supporting engineering education and workforce development, serving as a resource to governments and other partners in developing standards and public policy, and building a sustainable community of IEEE members and volunteers. Africa has eight IEEE sections, six subsections, and more than 6,000 members from across the continent’s 54 countries.

The Institute interviewed Senior Member Vincent Kaabunga, the ad hoc committee’s chair, to learn more about the strategy.

How significant is it that IEEE now has a strategy for Africa?

It is a huge milestone. It’s very difficult for this kind of work to be sustained by a series of ad hoc committees, because it takes long-term engagement to bring together all the stakeholders, have the right relationships in place, and get buy-in from all those we need to support our work. Because ad hoc committees have a life of one year and each may adopt a different approach, the process is very disruptive to the previous work that was done. It is also more challenging to develop synergies across the organization. But when a strategy is owned by the organization, it’s completely different. President Bartleson and 2016 President Barry Shoop were key in pushing this strategy.

What’s unique about the strategy?

IEEE had been trying to expand in Africa using the same model it used in other locations, but the continent has its own unique set of needs, challenges, and nuances. Unlike in the United States, African engineers need to be registered and licensed to practice engineering. In some African countries, these two tasks are done by the same regulatory board, while in others, by two separate entities. Also, in the interest of the public, it’s these regulators, not employers, who determine whether engineers are suitably qualified to practice. Also, engineers in Africa must take continuing education courses to maintain their license to practice.

Another difference is that, with the exception of the United States, IEEE hasn’t traditionally played a large role in public policymaking. It’s expected in Africa that a knowledgeable body like IEEE should actively help to shape public policy.

How has IEEE been received by the African governments and the associations it plans to work with?

IEEE has been very well received by the government and intergovernmental bodies that we have engaged with.

These relationships will require nurturing and strengthening. When you are dealing with 54 countries, it’s difficult. That’s why IEEE’s strategy is currently focused on five countries where it can have the biggest impact: Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. They have clear development plans calling for greater emphasis on science and engineering. We’ll continually leverage the gains we make in these countries and expand our footprint.

Rwanda recently invited IEEE to participate in the Transform Africa Summit, organized by the Smart Africa Alliance, an initiative that brings together the continent’s nations to provide leadership in advancing development through information and communications technology. The summit is to be held from 10 to 12 May, in Kigali, Rwanda, and IEEE President Bartleson will be one of the speakers.

IEEE and the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers recently entered into a national society agreement. It calls for the two to participate in joint activities such as conducting an IEEE Young Professionals and student event, hosting professional development webinars, exchanging information on standards activities, and allowing members of each institution to join the other at a discounted rate.

The strategy seems like a big undertaking. Where will you begin?

Education is central to building engineering capacity, and providing technical information is key. We’ve had a wonderful response to the IEEE virtual events program in Africa. These free one-day in-person events provide virtual access to recorded content from select IEEE conferences and societies. The program is organized as a local IEEE section or subsection event, so it works to further engage the local technical community, and promote the benefits of membership.

The events held last year featured topics from the IEEE Communications Society on green communications and the IEEE Computer Society oncybersecurity. Nearly 400 people—members and nonmembers—from seven countries attended these sessions.

Building communities is another priority. We are working to establish the African Council, which will bring the Africa Section and subsections closer to collaborate and share resources and knowledge. Region 8 established theIEEE Africa Area last year to serve as the coordinating unit for activities across the continent.

What will it take to make your strategy successful?

We need to support our members and stakeholders to develop this capacity, but this work must be sustainable. We need to have people on the ground to help us run these programs. That’s where the local IEEE community comes in. Developing them into sustainable technical communities is really important. Because if we don’t do that, then IEEE will have to keep funding these programs to sustain them.

We also must ensure we have an enabling environment that is conducive to the growth of engineering and technology capacity. An enabling environment comes from standards, regulatory policy and education systems. For example, some countries like Kenya have recently adopted having physics become an optional subject in high school. In the past, it’s always been mandatory along with math, chemistry, and biology. Because it is an option, the net effect of this decision means the pool of people you might possibly attract to the profession could shrunk. That’s a policy decision. That’s why government and regulators greatly value advisory views and input from technical experts like IEEE, and why it’s important that IEEE engage with governments