The Centre of Excellence for Mobile e-Services is established under the leadership of Prof Matthew O. Adigun as one of Telkom's Centres of Excellence (CoE) in South Africa.
The Centre of Excellence (CoE) Programme is a collaboration between Telkom, the telecommunications industry and the South African government to promote a culture of excellence in research in information and communication technology, and to provide facilities to encourage young scientists and engineers to pursue their interests in South Africa.
Launched in 1997, the CoE programme is growing local telecommunications and information technology skills, is yielding substantial benefits for the universities and technikons involved, and is helping Telkom its development partners to solve technical problems and reduce costs.
The CoEs are jointly funded by Telkom, telecommunications players in the private sector, and the Department of Trade and Industry - through its Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP).
Skills retention for South Africa is a significant benefit of the programme. Many talented post-graduate students are attracted to opportunities overseas, and the CoE programme is demonstrating that they don't have to leave SA to do exciting work.
Aims of the Programme
Key aims and objectives of these centres, located within existing education institutions in the country, are to:
• Strive for excellence in a focused telecommunications technology area;
• Enhance expertise and research capacity in the field of information and communications technology, with emphasis on black empowerment;
• Form research and development partnerships between Research institutions, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies, industry, and government;
• Strive to meet the increasing demand for engineers and IT experts;
• Transfer expertise and technology into and from Universities;
• Form cooperative research partnerships.
The Center of Excellence for Mobile e-Services has received competitive THRIP funding for three consecutive periods as follows:
- 2003-2005 - E-commerce
- 2006-2008 - Software Infrastructure and Wireless Grid Issues
- 2009-2011 - SME e-Commerce on Demand
We have a strong industrial collaboration and our sponsors include: THRIP, Telkom, Huawei, UZ, and Dynatech.