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Pan-African network celebrates collaboration at second annual conference
Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Higher education leaders from across the continent recently convened at the University of Nairobi for the 2023 Afretec Conference. At the event, attendees reflected on the network's accomplishments and planned for the year ahead. The African Engineering and Technology Network partners centered discussion around the pillars of entrepreneurship, inclusion and impact, teaching and learning, and knowledge creation.


Afretec workshop held at the University of Rwanda
The New Times

A one-day academia-industry workshop was held at the University of Rwanda to discuss collaboration. The workshop took place on September 13, 2023, gathering the Afretec implementation team, academic staff, private industry partners, and Afretec beneficiaries. At the event, the stakeholders discussed how the quality of education can be improved through the Afretec project in collaboration with industries.


Winning group of Wits-Afretec Tech-Entrepreneurship Workshop create sign language translator prototype
University of the Witwatersrand

The Wits-Afretec Tech-Entrepreneurship Workshop brings together students from different universities around Africa to create technology and AI solutions for everyday problems. This year, the winning group created a sign language translator prototype that revolutionizes the way those with speech and hearing difficulties access healthcare. With technology like this, patients will be able to better communicate with their providers and experience fewer misdiagnoses and misunderstandings.


Afretec mentioned in ITWeb
IT Web

The importance of the African Engineering and Technology Network (Afretec), led by CMU-Africa, was highlighted in an interview with Stanley Mpofu, CIO of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Wits, located in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a member institution of Afretec.


Air Quality and Urban Pollution Workshop held at CMU-Africa
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

CMU-Africa held an international workshop aimed at addressing air quality challenges and needs in Africa. With over 80 attendees, the three-day workshop aimed to facilitate discussions and promote collaborations among researchers. Nearly 50 abstracts and poster presentations related to the monitoring and improvement of urban air pollution were presented. This event was sponsored by Afretec and was a follow-up to the June 2021 “Pilot Design for Air Quality in Africa” virtual workshop.

Pan-African network holds inaugural conference
Carnegie Mellon University Africa

The African Engineering and Technology Network recently held its inaugural conference at CMU-Africa where it welcomed leadership from member universities across the continent. The event was the first in-person meeting for Afretec since its founding, and network members had the opportunity to bond as a cohesive group and align their thinking on the direction of the collaborative partnership.



Sanders and CMU-Africa students quoted on Mastercard partnership

Dean Bill Sanders and CMU-Africa students Junias Bonou and Opelo Tshekiso were quoted in the Tribune-Review about the impact of CMU-Africa and the recently-announced partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.