Nokia Research Centre (NRC), Africa and the University of Nairobi, School of Computing & Informatics (SCI) have sealed a partnership. Last year NRC sourced funds from within Nokia to build capacity at SCI, through the SUCA Project. This included training of two staff members in Finland on software sub-contracting management including ICT project management and the establishment of a research and subcontracting Lab, and a Usability Lab.
The purpose of these labs is to enable the University to:
(a) Provide training to students, and local software development houses on ICT Project Management, Subcontracting Best Practices
(b) Undertake contracted software application and prototype development
(c) Undertake Academia research and contracted research
(d) Conduct usability testing/evaluation both for in-house developed software and contractedIn addition, these funds, the SCI board room has also been refurbished and modernized to provide a conducive atmosphere to potential clients.
The lab already has a number of projects:
1. NRC Africa – Design and development of a large prototype – main application and mobile client
2. Pajat Management Oy, Finland – Prototype testing, end-user training and provision of technical support
3. Stanford – Univ.of Nairobi – NRC – Design-thinking driven prototype development project, with the role of conducting Needs findings and analysis.
4. Helsinki Institute of Information Technology (HIIT) – Upcoming Nairobi Sizzle Project – a social media application for Nairobi to be deployed in October – a research project
5. KDN – Research and Development work – currently in formulation stage
Apart from all these, there is lots of research being undertaken at the School of Computing and Informatics. SCI also offers Diploma Computer Science, BSc Computer Science, MSc Information Systems, MSc Computer Science, MSc Applied Computer Science (R&D degree) and Phd Computer Science, Phd Information Systems
One important goal is to better prepare students for the demanding and growing industry by providing them with real world experience while still in campus. Another goal is for the varsity to enhance their engagement with the ICT industry.