Building on ICT
SOFTWARE| June 17, 2012, 1:32 p.m.
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
University of Malawi architecture students say the introduction of ICTs in their course has helped to improve their efficiency and time management as well as organisation in their studies.
The University’s Polytechnic constituent college recently exhibited its students’ work, as well as the subjects that form part of their work.
Two students from the college, Anthony Kaambankadzanja and Blessings Belekanyama, told Biztechafrica that most of the displays at the fair were a demonstration of how they have embraced software that is now being used to facilitate their learning as architecture students.
“Since AutoCAD is an industry leader in 2D and 3D CAD design, drafting, modeling, we are using it for most of our architectural and engineering drawing,” explained Belekanyama.
Kaambankadzanja says the students have maximized their productivity by using software tools for design aggregation and documentation, connecting and streamlining their designs as well as documentation workflows.
During his first two years of study, most of the work was done manually. This was not easy, he says.
“Now that I am in third year and this is the first time I have started using ICT, I feel challenged to do even better because the computer has simplified most of the work, unlike our forbearers who had to manually come up with designs,” he said.
With the use of the right software tools, Kaambankadzanja says design work and organisation is vastly improved.
The students now use several software packages, including AutoCAD Architecture for 2D, AutoCAD Revet, 3D use, Google Sketch up, ArchiCAD, 3 Dmax, Antlatis for rendering, v-ray as well as Photoshop.
Research done by academicians Harry Gombachika and Chipo Kanjo of the University of Malawi on the use of ICT in Science and Engineering in the University of Malawi established that there is symbiotic relationship between higher education institutions and ICT.
“To this end, the University of Malawi uses ICT to enhance the institution activities and processes. On the other hand, the University is being used to increase awareness, skills and expertise in ICT sector,” he says in a paper.
The paper says science and engineering is used to model and analyse systems, simulate systems, calculate and solve engineering and scientific problems, and capture and explore experimental data,which has been made easy with ICT.
The two academicians, having observed this however say that, ICT in the University of Malawi faces several challenges including inadequate resources such as bandwidth, hardware and software, lack of policies to guide development and exploitation of ICT, and limited ICT awareness and skills.
Gombachika and Kanjo have since proposed that the University should formulate an ICT policy, train staff members on the use of ICT, and provide a conducive environment where novel ideas on the use of ICT are harnessed and exploited.
MORE SOFTWARE NEWS
Sage Announces the Launch of Sage 50 Accounting in East and West AfricaSage 50 Accounting Africa edition is a full business management solution for Small and Medium Businesses. Read More
F5 turns up the OpenStack heatOpenStack, an open-source software platform used to deliver cloud computing, continues to gain momentum as the basis for both private cloud in the enterprise and a network functions virtualisation (NFV) enabler. Read More
MTN Business partners SMEasy to give entrepreneurs access to easy accounting solutionsMTN Business, in partnership with online accounting tool SMEasy, today announced the launch of an agile, fit for purpose business management and easy accounting solution for small business owners in Kenya – with other markets to follow. Read More
You need to integrate your business solutions. Here’s whyBy integrating business processes and systems, organisations can reduce manual administration and free up time to spend on more value-adding activities, says Sage. Read More
Networks Unlimited event highlights SimpliVity's new Omnistack SoftwareLeading data protection focused distributor invites hyperconverged vendor to discuss disaster recovery and data protection. Read More
Arbor Networks APS earns recommended rating and highest score for Overall Security EffectivenessThe Arbor Networks APS 2800 on-premise distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection solution earned a “Recommended” rating and the highest Overall Security Effectiveness score in the first ever NSS Labs’ DDoS Prevention Test Report. Read More
Arbor Networks APS earns recommended rating and highest score in new NSS Labs DDoS Test ReportArbor Networks Inc., the security division of NETSCOUT, has announced that the Arbor Networks APS 2800 on-premise distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection solution earned a “Recommended” rating and the highest Overall Security Effectiveness score in the first ever NSS Labs’ DDoS Prevention Test Report. Read More
ProLabs announces range of multicode products compatible with key OEMsProLabs, the leading global provider of network infrastructure and connectivity products, has announced the launch of a new range of multicode compatible optical transceivers. Read More
Agron boosts salesforce with mobile CRM from Sage EnterpriseAgron, one of the leading providers of fertiliser to South Africa’s agricultural sector, has implemented the Sage CRM solution from Sage Enterprise. Read More
Ecowize boosts business efficiency by migrating to Sage 300Ecowize, one of South Africa’s leading hygiene and sanitation service providers, has improved productivity and efficiency by implementing the Sage 300 business management system. Read More
FEATURED STORYFirst-ever Africa Barclays Accelerator programme concludes
Ten fintech companies have concluded the first-ever Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Africa.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHEthical Hacking students can’t get a heck of a job
Botswana ethical hacking students report that they are failing to break into the local job market.
COMPANY NEWSThe Tech Revolution: Sage Sets out the Vision for African Businesses
Sage, a market leader in cloud accounting software used its global Sage Summit 2016, held this week in Chicago, to outline its strong commitment to future technologies, ...