Module 3: Research Lab

Module 3: Joint research lab & Transfer office

  • Work Package  (WP) 3.1: Development of demand-driven research strategy
  • WP 3.2: Implement 1th project “feasibility study on GIS for ICT4DMZ”
  • WP 3.3: Evaluate 1th project “feasibility study on GIS for ICT4D4MZ”
  • WP 3.4: Implement 2th project “Implement GIS prototype based on Project 2″
  • WP 3.5: Evaluate 2th project & Joint partnership agreement
  • WP 3.6: Enhancement of IP transfer office

 

Applicability of expected results in practice

Module 3: The third module is about collaborative research projects focusing on the local needs for poverty reduction and rural development with ICT.

After defining an overall research strategy, scientific staff as well as students will realise projects to meet these needs. Projects will focus on the university and also economic and social demands of the society. On the one hand possible usage and impact of ICTs on the local people and institutions will be assessed; on the other hand ICT tools and services will be developed. An adequately equipped IT/GIS lab will provide excellent working conditions. The specific project intentions are not yet clear, but the following focus groups come to mind:

  • Targeting the needs of the local population, ICT literacy and access of the broad population to ICTs will increase, leading to a better networked society, enhanced communication, more information sharing and extended possibilities to learn [Gulati 2008].
  • Possible projects done with government institutions will increase the efficiency of services delivered to citizens and ideally enhance transparency and participation beneath the local population.
  • Matching the demands of local businesses will improve their administrative and organisational capacities, enabling them to form networks and partnerships giving them access to a greater market. This will in turn benefit the economy as a whole [UN-ECOSOC 2006].
  • Collaborating with national and international NGOs will improve their services, increase their efficiency and help them to better involve the local population.

Working with these project partners will create a base for long-term partnerships and substantially increase the experience of scientific staff and students of the faculty while in the same process creating income for the faculty.