Strategic synergy: Anthology, OneConnect East Africa, and AWS propel USIU-Africa's digital education landscape

By Bernadette Kiarie

The Regional Business Lead (Africa) at Anthology, Ntathakusa Portia Nkehli, recently embarked on a mission to engage with higher learning institutions utilizing the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) across the continent. As part of this strategic initiative, her visit to USIU-Africa marked a pivotal moment in fostering collaborative advancements in digital education.

Portia's itinerary included a crucial meeting with the DVC Academics - Transformative Teaching, Learning, and Research, where the focus was on delineating how USIU-Africa could effectively leverage the capabilities of Blackboard Learn Ultra and other Anthology solutions for its digital transformation endeavors. The discussions aimed at ensuring student success and strategically driving increased enrollment across all university programs.

Accompanying Portia were representatives from key industry players, Bancy Njuguna from OneConnect East Africa and a notable representative from Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Kenya Winfred Ng’ang’a. Their presence underscored the collaborative nature of the discussions, bringing diverse perspectives and expertise to the table. The objective was clear: to explore opportunities that would enhance the university's educational technology landscape and seamlessly integrate innovative solutions into its academic framework.

The engagement not only emphasized the commitment of Anthology to catalyze educational advancements but also highlighted the collaborative spirit among industry leaders and academic institutions. As USIU-Africa continues its journey towards digital transformation, the insights gained from this meeting are poised to play a pivotal role in shaping USIU-Africa’s educational technology roadmap. The collaborative efforts of Anthology, One Connect Kenya, and Amazon Web Services are set to contribute significantly to the evolution of USIU-Africa's digital academic landscape.

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