The fountain of digital skills transformation in the region

Welcome to the Regional Flagship ICT Centre (RAFIC)

RAFIC stands for a Regional Flagship ICT Centre. RAFIC is being established at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) - Dar es Salaam Campus under the support of the World Bank. The primary objective for establishing the RAFIC is to provide quality ICT training in order to produce digital skilled workforce that can effectively respond to current and future ICT industrial needs. RAFIC sounds like a Swahili word ‘RAFIKI’ which literately means friend. This implies that we are very determined and focused to establish an ICT Centre with a friendly, gender sensitive, inclusive and multicultural teaching and learning environment for students, staff and various stakeholders. It is a place where national, regional and international collaboration will be fostered to shape the future of the ICT Industry and to support the industrial and modern economy within the country and in the Region.

The World Bank funding will be invested in the following main areas:

  1. Capacity building of management team for more effective and efficient administration and sustainability of the Centre.
  2. The establishment of strong collaboration with the industries whereby the industries will be fully engaged and become the integral part of teaching and learning processes at the Centre.
  3. Reviewing the existing ICT training programmes, both long term and short term programmes, so that they reflect the current and future labor market demand. In addition, new programmes will be developed to cater for highly demanded industrial digital skills in the region. The emerging ICT technologies such as Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, 3D Printing and Cyber Security programmes will also be offered.
  4. Capacity building of teaching staff to transform and transition from teacher-centred learning to student-centred learning approach and enhance hands on skills training.
  5. Infrastructure development and training facilities. This includes construction of multi-storey building with staff offices, lecture rooms, smart classrooms and laboratories to host the Centre and hostels for students and visiting lecturers. Acquisition of training facilities, develop ICT systems and upgrade ICT infrastructure to support teaching and learning.
  6. Financing outreach activities including sensitisation of female students to join ICT programmes, strengthening of Gender Management Unit, and support other TVET centres to produce quality training

By the end of the project, the following are expected to be achieved:

  1. Eight existing programmes will have been reviewed, and 4 new programmes will have been established to respond to current and future I.C.T demand.
  2. Ten internationally certified professional courses will have been established.
  3. More than 3650 new students will have been enrolled in long term programmes and more than 4600 new students will have been enrolled in various professional programmes, of which, more than 25 percent will be female students.
  4. More than 30 staff will have attended industrial attachments, exchange programmes in highly reputable training institutions.
  5. More than ten M.O.U will have been signed by industries and training institutions.
  6. Attain 80 percent of employment rate of our graduates and more than 80 percent of employer satisfaction rate every year.