AWARDS 2011: From Ethiopia To Zimbabwe - While At Derby

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Date posted: 21 January 2011

An international graduate at Derby's Awards Ceremonies believes what he learned during his online Masters degree programme could alleviate some of the challenges facing Africa.

Fasil Yilma's first ever visit to Derby will be to graduate with a Masters degree (MSc) in Strategic Information Technology Management, at the University of Derby's Awards Ceremonies.

After completing the online Masters degree he is now working as a Senior ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Officer at the African Capacity Building Foundation in Zimbabwe, developing IT strategy. Mr Yilma said: "The course helped me to gain an international view of how we need to structure our ICT unit and how we derive business value from our ICT investments."

Fasil hopes to begin some Africa-wide research on the strategic use of ICT, as he believes it could aid the future development of African countries. "I believe it is the cornerstone to alleviate many of the challenges the continent is confronted with", he said.

As an online distance learning student of the University of Derby programme, Fasil found studying in this way allowed him to further his career in a way that fit in with his busy working and family life.

He said: "Online study has been really perfect for me as there has been no adverse impact due to the nature of my profession or my relocations around Africa."

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