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  • Aalto University -School of Science
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UFISA – User Centered Design for Innovative Services and Applications


*Note: The UFISA Project ended in December 2015. However, Aalto University School of Science has signed a new agreement to continue cooperation with Namibia University of Science and Technology (former Polytechnic of Namibia) in student exchange. More information for Aalto students can be found here.*

The UFISA project (User-centred design for Innovative Services and Applications) facilitates the development of joint education between universities in Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia) and Finland. Altogether, there are 7 core partner universities (Africa: 4, Finland: 3) that join their activities around an important multi-disciplinary area of education and development (both technical and societal): user-centred design of information and communication services for communities.

The education provides benefits for the communities in Southern Africa through innovative ICT-based prototype services. The universities benefit from the communities by being able to provide international teaching in real-life settings tied to the well-functioning living labs in Southern Africa. During the UFISA project, the consortium systematically develops a joint mode of operation. The joint activities will continue after the project in a North-South-South manner with a working incentive model. The main activites of the project include student and teacher mobility, two intensive courses and network meetings. The initially two-year UFISA project was started in August 2012 and with the help of an extra 1,5 years of funding the project will continue ultil December 2015.

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