The University of Djibouti has gone digital and hi-tech thanks to an Oracle software platform called Peoplesoft, which the institution’s authorities said was a complete university system delivering teaching, research and administrative management in line with international modern practices.
The university said implementing such a sophisticated system will help it achieve its ambition to deliver tertiary education to students in countries on the horn of Africa.
The programme’s implementation was conducted jointly by Mahindra Satyam and Mega Bureautique, a Djibouti-based partner which trained up a team of software engineers to provide support. Oracle provided both servers and storage (Oracle Sun X3-2), and software (Peoplesoft Campus, Oracle Database, Oracle Weblogic and Oracle Webcenter).
Dr Nabil Mohamed Ahmed, higher education and research minister, said Peoplesoft was the perfect platform upon which to build the country’s continuing investment in the youth of this region, for whom world-class education was essential.”
Modern technology was a key requirement to advance education in Djibouti and beyond, he added.
Most learning institutions in Africa lack everything from computers to servers, printers and librairies, and as result the continent boasts a huge number of computer illiterate students who struggle to get jobs after completing their studies.
“The significance of this implementation lies in the vision of the Djibouti’s President, who recognised that modern technology today is a vehicle for progress,” Alfonso di Ianni, Oracle Senior Vice President, East Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement.
“This implementation has proved that information technology is a very powerful transformational tool for business and government.”
Established in 2006, the University of Djibouti today boasts over 5 000 registered students in 29 distinct educational channels comprising four faculties: Faculty of Letters, Languages and Social Sciences; Faculty of Law, Economics and Management, Faculty of Sciences, and the Institute of Technology.
Djibouti is a small country located in the Horn of Africa and bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast, and in the east by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
(Issued by Oracle, final editing by Issa Sikiti da Silva)