IEEE and UNESCO recently signed a memorandum of understanding that calls for the two organizations to develop engineering education outreach programs for university students and teachers in Africa.
UNESCO, based in Paris, promotes worldwide literacy and education through teacher-training and science programs, with the goals, among others, of eradicating poverty and preserving human rights.
“Everywhere in the world, quality of life and prosperity depend on the application of technology—which means every country needs to have and sustain a strong high-tech workforce,” says IEEE president Gordon Day. “Through this partnership, IEEE and UNESCO will be better able to help countries in Africa and elsewhere achieve that goal.”
UNESCO and IEEE plan to collaborate on several projects, including accreditation programs for universities, faculty training, and programs to encourage women to enter the field of engineering.