ASEN Presents the Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC) 2018

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 22 February 2017 – Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN: is an umbrella non-government and non-for profit association of STEM charities, philanthropist and volunteers in Nigeria. The main objective of the association is to promote, develop and nurture STEM education and its application in Nigeria.

Competition Description:
Africa has 6 out of 10 fastest growing economies but it also has the highest disease burden in the world. PARC 2018 challenges African student to devise solutions to provide access to quality Health services using science and technology – Surgical Robotics, Wearable Biosensors, Hand-held Point of Care Diagnostics, Virtual and Augmented Reality in Healthcare education, Organs on a chip, Internet of Things for Healthcare, Drug/Vaccine development, and manufacturing, etc. The PARC 2018 which takes place once a year will be taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.

The competition will be divided into four (4) categories:

  1. Tech League (Grades: 4 – 8), Age: 11 – 15 years, Challenge: It’s an Outbreak
  2. Stars League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Manufacturing Medicine
  3. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  4. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Brainiacs STEM & Robotics, Roboglobal Education Consultancy, Letslearn.ng, Aramex, DocuLand, Start-up Arewa and Young Innovators are collaborating with ASEN to organize Hackathon to select a team to join the ASEN’s Nigerian delegation to Rwanda for PARC 2018. The selection will focus on the following 2 categories as outlined in by PARC:

  1. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  2. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Refer to PARC website via this link http://parcrobotics.org/files/parc2018kigali.pdf for details of the rules and guidelines for the competition. Each team will be required to develop a solution in line with the theme and guidelines issued by PARC.

The Hackathon will hold on in Kaduna, the capital city of Kaduna State as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Kaduna ICT Hub, 47 Kanta Road, Kaduna

The Hackathon will hold on in Lagos as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: 78A Isale Eko Road, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The PARC Final Hackathon will hold in Kigali Rwanda as follows:

Day: 25th March 2018 – 28th March 2018
Venue: Kigali Convention Centre, KG 2 Roundabout, Kimihurura Kigali Rwanda

Winners of the Hackathon will be sponsored to join the Nigerian team under the ages of 15 and above.

How to be a participant: Interested students should form a team of 3 individuals and register here with the following information:

  1. Individual team member’s names
  2. Team name
  3. Names of schools/university
  4. Course of study (for university students)
  5. Name of team lead
  6. Short abstract of your team idea and
  7. Passport numbers.

Only selected teams will be allowed to participate in the hackathon. Registration for the hackathon closes on the 22nd February at 12 midnight Nigerian time.

How to get involved to be a team manager and/or coach: Volunteers interested in supporting and mentoring the winners ahead of departure to Kigali can register here and indicate how they want to support.

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Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN

Honoris United Universities announces planned expansion in Egypt

Regent Business School signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Higher Education to establish a branch in the country

AudioAge – London, United Kingdom – 20 December 2017 – Honoris United Universities (www.Honoris.net), the first private pan-African higher education platform, announced that its network institution in South Africa, Regent Business School (https://Regent.ac.za), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education to establish a branch in the capital city of Cairo. The MoU was signed during the recently held “Africa 2017” Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, and reflects Honoris’ commitment to be a leading and referential pan-African education organization. Programme offerings are expected to launch during 2018/2019.

One of Southern Africa’s leading business education institutes, Regent Business School will offer a variety of local and international business and management education programmes for Egyptian undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Master of Business Administration offered by Regent Business School is ranked 4th out of 200 African institutions by the esteemed Eduniversal survey*.

Commenting on the MoU, Luis Lopez, CEO of Honoris United Universities, stated, “We at Honoris United Universities are committed to expanding our presence in Africa by supporting multicultural and cross-border academic and professional experiences. These will support the development of graduates that are competitive in today’s fast-paced and demanding labour markets. Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mindsets and skills are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education. With this vision, we see significant potential in Egypt to provide impactful education to the future generations of leaders and to participate meaningfully in their development.”

Managing Director of Regent Business School, Ahmed Shaikh, added, “We are thrilled to be establishing our presence in a promising and vibrant country like Egypt. The programmes we offer at Regent Business School are benchmarked against internationally recognized programmes and are unique in that they suitably fit the requirements of the local job market. Our undergraduate and postgraduate offerings are designed to equip students – Africa’s future leaders – with theoretical and practical expertise in the fields of business administration, commerce, management and leadership, entrepreneurship, local government and educational management so they can make a strong contribution in shaping our continent’s future.”

Dr. Sherif El Kholy, Partner in Actis’ Egypt office commented: “This imminent expansion to Egypt marks an important milestone for Honoris United Universities, cementing its footprint further in North Africa. With support from the Egyptian government and a huge demand for high quality, accessible education, we are excited about the growth prospects for higher education in the country.

Actis is a committed, long-term investor in Egypt. We have invested over US$700m in the country to date, enabling us to identify and to work with world-class institutions such as the Honoris United Universities network to support their growth ambitions.”

 

About Honoris United Universities
Honoris United Universities (www.Honoris.net) is the first private pan-African higher education network committed to preparing and educating the next generation of African leaders and professionals able to impact regionally in a globalized world. Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mindsets and skills are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education. Honoris United Universities joins the expertise of its member institutions to create pan-regional profile graduates that are competitive in today’s fast-paced and demanding labor markets.

Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 27,000 students on 48 campuses, learning centers and on-line, in 9 countries and 30 cities across Africa. More than 100 degrees are offered in the fields of Health Science, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Arts and Design, Media, Education and Political Science.

Honoris United Universities. Education For Impact™.

About Regent Business School (RBS), South Africa
Headquartered in South Africa, Regent Business School (https://Regent.ac.za) has developed a series of programmes that are designed to provide individuals and organisations with the management competencies and critical skills necessary to build and sustain competitive advantages in a rapidly changing and complex business environment. RBS’s expertise has evolved through continuous research and development undertaken in delivering a range of local and international business and management education programmes.

Key facts:

  • Established in 1998
  • Premium management education to shape leaders for business and society
  • Four Leading Centres of Excellence: The Institute of Entrepreneurship; The Centre for Islamic Finance and Banking; The Centre for the BRICS Business Schools Association; The Centre for Public Sector Administration Management and Innovation
  • Over 5,000 alumni throughout Africa
  • Campuses in major sites in South Africa including Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, as well as in leading SADC countries Swaziland and Namibia

More info on www.Regent.ac.za

To contact Honoris United Universities
Email: Contact@Honoris.net
Website: www.Honoris.net

Media Relations
English speaking: Zeeshan.Masud@djembecommunications.com
French speaking: Houda.Sikaoui@djembecommunications.com

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Honoris United Universities

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Facebook Launches Nigeria Initiative in its Ambition to Drive Innovation, Skills Development and Economic Impact

Facebook to open its very first Community Hub space on the continent, in addition to a series of long-term impact training programmes for 50,000 Nigerians

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 22 November 2017 – Today, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) announced a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria to further cement its commitment and investment in the country, and across the continent. Incorporating a series of high profile partnerships, training programmes and a physical space that will serve as a center for learning and skills development, this set of initiatives is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creatives.

“In Nigeria, more than 22 million people use Facebook every month and 87% of SMEs say that when they hire, digital skills are more important than where an applicant went to school. This demonstrates that the power of digital skills to aid economic growth and development has never been more important”, commented Ebele Okobi, Facebook Public Policy Director, Africa. “At Facebook, our mission is clear: To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Our investments and commitments announced in Lagos today further reflect our intent to partner with Nigeria’s policy makers and its vibrant tech and entrepreneurial eco-system to create economic opportunity and independence in Nigeria and across Africa.’’

NG_HUB from Facebook

In partnership with CC Hub, Facebook will be opening the doors to its first community Hub space in the heart of Lagos, scheduled to open early next year. ‘NG_HUB from Facebook’ will be a multi-faceted creative space, which will connect and bring together developers, start-ups and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. The NG_HUB will also host a start-up incubator programme, as well as bespoke trainings, guest speakers and a dedicated event space, all aimed at attracting the best talent and driving innovation in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.

Additionally, across Nigeria, Facebook will be supporting a number of existing tech Hubs to serve the communities outside Lagos. The hubs will function as learning centres for local communities, providing multiple opportunities for training and access.

Commenting on the announcement of NG_HUB in partnership with CC Hub, and Facebook’s further support of local hubs across Nigeria, Emeka Afigbo, Head of Platform Partnerships, Middle East & Africa said “Nigeria is producing a new generation of exciting start-ups that have incredible potential. We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are invested in helping these communities build for the next billion. One of our key passions at Facebook is nurturing and helping to develop the tech and start-up community, and I’m excited to announce our partnership with the Nigerian tech hub ecosystem especially the NG_HUB space, here in Lagos.”

Facebook Nigeria Skills Programmes

Facebook is committed to working with Nigerian small businesses, tech entrepreneurs and the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools for economic growth. Launching a series of learning-based programmes facilitated by local training partners, these have been designed to provide skills that lead to employment and to support the growth of small businesses. The goal is to train and support over 50,000 students, small businesses and creative entrepreneurs across the country through a series of scaled digital skills trainings, as well as long-term impact programmes. The training programmes will include:

  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital (in partnership with the Fate Foundation) – a four-week intensive programme for entrepreneurs across Nigeria. This will be offered throughout the year in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Ibadan, Kaduna and Enugu
  • Jobs for Youth: Coding for Employment – a training programme to develop Nigeria’s next generation of coders – designed to upskill developers and prepare them for employment
  • Boost your Business – designed for small, medium sized businesses owners, teaching the fundamentals of digital marketing for business growth, with the goal to help business owners better understand their brand, audience and how to best reach and service them online
  • Creative Entrepreneurship Training – specialised training designed specifically for creatives, including photographers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, bloggers and other creative content creators
  • Online Safety + Digital Literacy Training in Schools and Universities – featuring a series of online safety and digital literacy courses for secondary school and university students

Ahead of the programme launch, Facebook undertook a detailed ‘Economic Impact Study’ to further understand how communities like small businesses and consumers in Nigeria use the platform, and the effectiveness of social media as a growth tool. Nearly 1 in 2 small businesses on Facebook say they built their business on the platform, and 62% stated they have been able to use Facebook to help find employees for their business, whilst over half (58%) of small businesses on the platform say they have been able to hire more employees’ due to growth since joining Facebook.

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Facebook

MEDIA CONTACT
Idea Engineers – PR agency for Facebook
Facebook@IdeaEngineers.co.za

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Brainiacs STEM & Robotics/Simply Exponential Weekend STEM Genius Hour

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AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 20 January 2017 – In our quest to equip young learners with the necessary creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills to stay ahead of their peers, Brainiacs STEM & Robotics in collaboration with Simply Exponential Consult Limited is extending the Weekend STEM Genius Hour to learners in Yaba, Surulere and environs. The session will run every Saturday, from 4th February to 25th March 2017 at The Pancake Hub No. 17 Jibowu Street Yaba, Lagos and will focus on the following keys areas:

  • Coding/Programming
  • Game Design and
  • Robotics

Learners in the Beginner’s (5-10years) and Intermediate (11-16years) groups will have the opportunity to work with well-trained Brainiacs instructors to expand their skills in multiple dimensions. Activities during sessions will include:

  • Learning Java programming with Greenfoot.
  • Developing video games using Kodu Game Lab.
  • Solve engineering challenges by working in teams to build, test and program Lego Mindstorm EV-3 and Vex Robotics and so much more.

Over the course of the 8 sessions, learners will gain:

  • Leadership skills through STEM design challenges
  • Communication techniques that allow them to share science concepts with their peers
  • Scientific collaboration and basic engineering skills
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Teamwork and problem-solving experience

Details of Brainiacs STEM Genius Hour

  • Start Date – 4th February 2017*
  • End Date – 25th March 2017
  • Start Time – 10.00am
  • End Time – 2.00pm

*Session holds only on Saturdays

Participants will be issued certificates at the end of the programme. They will also be given all relevant software used during the session, electronic copy of handouts and 10hrs of mock projects for practice at home. This is worth over N30,000 if it were to be purchased from Brainiacs learning store. Last but one, all participants and their schools will have access to www.letslearn.ng when it is launched. They can play educational games, download activities and puzzles to help improve their understanding of STEM.

To register your wards, please visit www.brainiacs.com.ng/events or www.eventbrite.com. Early bird tickets are available. You can also get 10% discount if you register 2 or more students.

Our delivery method is centred on dynamic classroom approach where students actively explore real-world problems and challenges in areas of STEM. We also ensure learners have fun and enjoy learning through play.

They could also have a taste of the best pastries in Lagos – pancakes from the PanCake Hub, donuts from Donuts n Crumbs and Masa from Arewa foods.

This event is proudly supported by www.Letslearn.ng , www.Kimto.com.ng, the Pancake Hub, Donuts n Crumbs and Armashi House of Maasa.

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Brainiacs STEM & Robotics

MEDIA CONTACT
brainiacsng@gmail.com

Royal Society for Public Health Programme Highlights University of Liverpool Online Master of Public Health Degree

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 22 November 2016 – The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) featured the University of Liverpool’s online APHEA-accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) in a new film of news-style reports: Championing the Public’s Health. The programme highlights the unique ability of the online MPH to equip healthcare professionals from around the world with the skills and knowledge they need to make a difference in their local communities. It also emphasises the online programme’s flexibility and collaborative approach, which allows healthcare professionals to combine work and study, while also being able to apply what they have learnt immediately, benefiting the whole community.

“Public health professionals need to address health inequalities within their communities, regardless of where they are based. Through the University of Liverpool’s fully online platform, MPH students are part of a global classroom that enables them to learn and share best practices, while simultaneously being able to apply their new knowledge and skills straightaway, and having a direct impact on the important public health challenges facing their local communities,” said Dr Francine Watkins, Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Director of the University of Liverpool’s Master of Public Health programmes.

Featuring interviews with Liverpool MPH graduates and staff members, Championing the Public’s Health emphasises the benefits of health professionals from around the world coming together in an online classroom to share ideas and explore new concepts in a collaborative learning environment. Online MPH graduate Najma Ahmed describes how she was able to transfer her classroom knowledge directly to the field to help train healthcare workers in Somalia. Fayyaz Samji, also an MPH graduate, explains how he used the health promotions techniques he learned from his global classmates in his daily work with young people in Canada.

“It is a great honour to be part of this film. Completing the online Master of Public Health degree at the University of Liverpool has helped me open doors to new opportunities and work experiences. I have also been able to advance my career in the public health and social services industry by putting into practice various theoretical frameworks, models and strategies that I learned during my studies,” Fayyaz said.

The programme also notes the connections between the online MPH and Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead’s work on health inequalities. Head of the University of Liverpool’s Department of Public Health & Policy, Margaret Whitehead was awarded a damehood in the UK’s 2016 New Year’s Honours List for her services to public health. She was honoured for her outstanding contribution to society’s understanding of health inequalities, with a significant influence on public health internationally.

Championing the Public’s Health was produced in partnership by the RSPH and ITN Productions and features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles. It debuted at the RSPH Awards 2016: Championing the Public’s Health, held on 27 October 2016 at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

To view the film, visit www.online.liverpool.ac.uk/programmes/master-of-public-health/in-the-news.

For more information about the University of Liverpool’s online programmes, visit www.online.liverpool.ac.uk

About the University of Liverpool Online Programmes
The University of Liverpool ranks in the top 1% of universities worldwide as listed in the International Handbook of Universities, published by the International Association of Universities (2014), and is a member of the UK’s Russell Group of research-led universities. More than 10,000 students from more than 160 countries are studying for postgraduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees online with the University of Liverpool. These programmes are provided in partnership with online learning expert, Laureate Online Education. For more information about Laureate, visit www.laureate.net.

About The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent health education charity, dedicated to protecting and promoting the public’s health and wellbeing. It is the world’s longest-established public health body with over 6000 members drawn from the public health community both in the UK and internationally. Its operations include an Ofqual-recognised awarding organisation, a training and development arm and health and wellbeing accreditation. The RSPH also produces a wide variety of public health conferences; its publishing division includes the internationally renowned journal Public Health, and it is developing policy and campaigns to promote better health and wellbeing. For more information: www.rsph.org.uk.

About ITN Productions
ITN Productions is ITN’s bespoke production hub producing creative and commercially valuable content for the corporate, commercial, broadcast and digital sectors. Industry News forms part of this offering and is a communications tool for leading industry bodies and national associations produced in a broadcast news programme format, including interviews, news-style items and sponsored editorial profiles. For more information: www.itnproductions.co.uk.

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University of Liverpool