National ICT Research Capacity and Priorities for Cooperation - Republic of Tanzania

National Priorities

National Priorities include: eInfrastructures, Cloud Computing/ High Performance Computing, Cyber Security, Mobile Computing, ICT for Creativity and Learning, eHealth and eAgriculture.

- Cyber Security - To create a secure and safe cyber space for economic development. Institutions involved include: Institute of Financial Management, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, University of Dar es Salaam, State University of Zanzibar

- High Performance Computing / Cloud Computing - To improved industrial development and service delivery (data analysis, business intelligence, data mining and warehousing). Institutions involved include: Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology

- Mobile Computing and Mobile Apps - To support job creation and government service delivery. Institutions involved include: University of Dar es Salaam, University of Dodoma, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Institute of Financial Management, State University of Zanzibar

- ICT for Creativity and Learning - Life long learning and the creation of a knowledge society and knowledge economy. Institutions involved include: University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Institute of Financial Management, Open University

National Research Capacity

Based on a consultation process, the following Universities and research centres in Tanzania undertaking ICT-related initiatives have identified their areas of research expertise and track record. A summary of these findings are provided below:

University of Dar es Salaam

Depts include: School of Informatics and Communication Technologies , College of Engineering , University Computing Centre

Research focus includes: Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Technology-enhanced Learning, Mobile Computing, Cyber Security

University of Dodoma

Depts include: School of Informatics

Research focus includes: Informatics and Technology-enhanced Learning, Mobile Computing, Advanced Computing, Future Internet

Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology

Depts include: Centre for ICT Excellence

Research focus includes: High Performance Computing, Cyber Security, Mobile Computing, Technology-enhanced Learning, Future Internet

Institute of Financial Management

Depts include: Computer Science, Information Technology, Centre for ICT Research and Innovations

Research focus includes: Mobile Computing, Information Systems Security and Forensics, Technology-enhanced Learning

Nelson-Mandela Institution of Science and Technology

Depts include: School of Computational and Communication Science and Engineering (CoCSE) (Masters and PhDs) - Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (AMCS), Information Technology Development and Management (ITDM), Communication Science and Engineering (CoSE)

Research focus includes: Energy, ICT, Environment and Water, Life Sciences and Bio-Engineering

Muslim University of Morogoro

Depts include: Information Technology

Research focus includes: Data mining, Machine Learning, Pattern recognition, Technology-enhanced Learning

University of Bagamoyo

Depts include: ICT & Geo Informatics

Research focus includes: Technology-enhanced Learning, eGovernment, eAgriculture, Cyber Law and Cyber Security

Ardhi University

Depts include: Centre for Information and Communication Technology

Open University of Tanzania

Research focus includes: Environmental Issues; Agriculture & Food Security, Technology-enhanced Learning, ICT, Cyber Security, Health

Ifakara Health Institute

Research focus includes: Health Sciences, eHealth, Health Information Systems

Muhimbili University of Health Sciences

Research focus includes: Health Sciences, Health Informatics, Technology-enhanced Learning in the Health domain

Sokoine University of Agriculture

Research focus include: eAgriculture, Food Security, eHealth, Data mining, Technology-enhanced learning

ICT-39 Priority Themes

Based on consultation with stakeholders the following thematic areas are considered to be important in the context of the ICT-39 Call:

Thematic Areas Partners include
eHealth Ifakara Health Institute; Muhimbili University of Health Sciences
eAgriculture Sokoine University of Agriculture

Mapping to H2020 Themes

The initial mapping to Horizon 2020 Research areas is summarised below:

Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership Institution, Relevant Dept and Research area
Advanced Computing Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology: High Performance Computing; University of Dodoma
Future Internet University of Dodoma ; Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology
Content Technologies & Information Management University of Dar es Salaam: Technology-enhanced Learning; Institute of Financial Management: Technology-enhanced Learning; Open University: Technology-enhanced Learning; Muslim University of Morogoro : Data mining, Machine Learning, Pattern recognition, Technology-enhanced Learning; Sokoine University of Agriculture: Data mining, Machine Learning, Technology-enhanced Learning; University of Bagamoyo: Technology-enhanced Learning, eGovernment, eAgriculture, Cyber Law and Cyber Security

Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges Institution, Relevant Dept and Research area
Health Ifakara Health Institute: Health Sciences, eHealth, Health Information Systems; Muhimbili University of Health Sciences: Health Sciences, Health Informatics; Sokoine University of Agriculture: eHealth; Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences; Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College
Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture Sokoine University of Agriculture: Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security; Open University: Agriculture and Food Security
Energy Ardhi University
Transport Ardhi University; National Institute of Transport
Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Open University: Environmental Issues
Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies University of Bagamoyo: eGovernment
Secure Societies Institute of Financial Management (Centre for ICT Research and Innovation): Information Systems Security and Forensics; Open University: Cyber Security; Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology: Cyber Security; University of Bagamoyo: Cyber Law and Cyber Security; University of Dodoma

Level of Research Maturity

Tanzania has good research capacity and a track record of collaborative research having participated in more than 39 projects and securing research funding of over €12 million under FP7. There is a strong policy focus (driven by COSTECH, MCST and TCRA) on further strengthening the research capacity within the country, increasing the focus of research activities on their contribution to socio-economic impact, and facilitating the continued development of post-graduate programmes.