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Essay Competition for Information Systems and Computer Science research students at African Universities



In order to extend the reach of EJISE to the next generation of Information Systems researchers we are planning to hold a number of essay competitions on a regional basis aimed at research students. We are of the view that this will provide academic publishing exposure to young researchers who are potential academics and ICT practitioners.

The first competition is open to research students at African Universities and the title of the essay is: How will ICT impact higher education in Africa by the year 2020?

We are asking academic staff at African Universities to help us to inform research students about this competition.

The top three essays will be published in a special section of EJISE.

Guidelines for the Essay

The content of the essay is entirely at the discretion of the author but the following suggestions might be helpful.

The essay could have 5 Sections.


Section 1

An introduction to the topic stating the current issues in higher education in Africa with some definitions and a statement as to why this issue is important. The ideas expressed in this section should be supported by references.

Section 2

A description as to the level of ICT available at present and how it is likely to develop over the next few years until 2020.

Section 3

How the developments envisaged are likely to affect what can be achieved in higher education in Africa by 2020.

Section 4

What the implications are for society, the economy and the political scene in Africa.

Section 5

Conclusion and the future - Looking beyond the 2020 time horizon.


Essays should be submitted in Microsoft Word, carefully proofread and there should be no typographical or other errors.

The judging panel looks forward to reading some interesting essays.

Essay submission and Prize

The essay length is between 1,500 and 2,500 words. It should be written in English in an academic style using the Harvard Referencing System. Entrants are encouraged to cite academic material and articles in constructing the essay, and must ensure that you cite all your sources.  Any plagiarism will disqualify you from the competition.

The closing date for submitting an essay is 31 March 2017. The winners will be notified by 30 June 2017.

To submit an essay to the competition, follow the link below to the online submission form. After completing a short form you will be asked to upload your file to Dropbox. Please ensure that the essay filename begins with the surname you have used in the form. You will need to upload two other files, namely a Turnitin report with a filename format of surname_turnitin and a letter of recommendation from a senior academic from your university. This should have a filename format of surname_recommendation.

Click here to submit your essay.

The essay will be judged by an International panel of research professors.

The first prize is US$ 100 (one hundred US dollars) and the top three papers will be published in a special section of EJISE. Winners will be notified by 30 June 2016.

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