An ICT Vision for the Future
ICT-Business alignment is key in getting the correct IT solutions to any enterprise. Use of mobile solutions and good utilization of Big-Data can maximize support to such a properly aligned business concern. The cocktail of solutions premised in the correct environment of the Computer Society of Zimbabwe can potentially result in a competitive advantage.
FIRST CSZ PRESIDENT PASSES ON
WR (Bill) Mills, husband to Margaret and father to David, Philip and Carolyn passed away in the early hours of 4 June 2013 in the UK. Bill was a Biometrician by profession and spent his working life working as a Research Scientist in the agricultural departments of Uganda and Zimbabwe. Prior to his retirement he was Deputy Director in the Department of Research and Specialist Services, in the Ministry of Agricultural where he was highly regarded by his co-workers and countless individuals involved in agricultural research in Zimbabwe. He was instrumental in setting up the Computer Society of Zimbabwe and was its first president in the early eighties.
CSZ ATTENDS CUT ICT DAY
The Computer Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ)were recently invited by the Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), through the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Electronics, to participate in their 3rd annual ICT day held at the CUT Hotel on the 22nd of May 2013.
The event is a day set aside by the department to showcase the activities of its students and link them up with the corporate world in order to achieve the following:
- Create awareness of the CUT degree program structure for stakeholder feedback on areas of improvement.
- Create links with industry so that they can view CUT student’s work and update them on potential research solutions currently being requested by industry from us.
- Map opportunities for graduate employment, student attachments and scholarships for CUT students.
- Create an interactive atmosphere between companies that develop and utilise ICTs and the CUT Community.
- Reward CUT’s most performing students by issuing them certificates and prizes
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The Computer Society of Zimbabwe receives prestigious international best practice award
‘Implementation of ICDL at St. Dominic’s Secondary School’ Project Wins the Corporate/Private Category
At the ECDL Foundation Forum 2013 held in London, the entry submitted by The Computer Society of Zimbabwe was voted to be an outstanding example of best practice in the Corporate/Private sector category.
ECDL Foundation is the certifying authority for the world’s leading international computer skills certification programme, ECDL / ICDL. The Best Practice Awards were established to acknowledge and promote projects that are considered exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation programmes, which raise levels of digital literacy and promote ECDL / ICDL in local markets.
The Corporate/Private category highlights innovative projects and initiatives that led to noticeable improvements in the levels of digital literacy amongst private sector workers or students in private schools. These enhanced digital skills improve both the productivity levels and employability of candidates.
The Computer Society of Zimbabwe was awarded first prize for its project ‘Implementation of ICDL at St. Dominic’s Secondary School’. The project began when no-one in the school with an ICDL certification, including the teachers, and ended with a successful ICDL test centre in the school with 350 candidates. The school had also won an award for ‘Best school making a difference in terms of IT education for young people’ at Zimbabwe’s national forum last year.
Computer Society of Zimbabwe Recap of Inaugural Broadband Forum
On Friday the 10th of May, Zimbabwe’s inaugural Broadband Forum was held. The event welcomed over 150 participants from Zimbabwe and the region. The event was organized by Techzim with Computer Society of Zimbabwe as a strategic partner. Since dollarization, a lot of investment and developments have occurred within the telecommunications sector. Such changes have led to a reduction in prices and a greater choice for consumers. The event was held to get stakeholders together and discuss the state of broadband including challenges and opportunities. Broadband has become an asset through which nations can leverage on for growth and development. A great deal of dialogue and knowledge sharing took place, of which the following are highlights that were discussed on the day: