"The Advisory Board oversees the most important academic relationships of eLearnAfrica, including the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Association of Arab Universities (AArU)," notes a statement from the company announcing Lwakabamba’s new responsibilities.
Lwakabamba said he is honoured by the opportunity, "The organisation is dedicated to providing solutions to the difficult issues faced by our universities. I am confident that our students will greatly benefit from the opportunity to study degree programs online. I am very excited to support this important work,"
The eLearnAfrica online educational platform offers an array of opportunities to African students at every stage of higher education and career development. It is accessible through desk-tops, as well as mobile devices.
Lwakabamba studied engineering at the University of Leeds in England, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1975. He then returned to Tanzania, where he joined the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Dar es Salaam, attaining professorship in 1981, and later rising to the post of Dean of the Faculty.
In 1997, he became the founding Rector of Rwanda’s Kigali Institute of Science and Technology now University of Rwanda College Science and Technology, and in 2006, he was appointed the Rector of former National University of Rwanda, the largest public institution of higher learning in the country.
He occupied this position until his appointment in February 2013 as Minister of Infrastructure. He also served as the Minister of Education from July 2014 until June 24, 2015, when he transitioned to become the Rector of University of Kibungo (UNIK).
Early last year, eLearnAfrica entered into a partnership the AAU to provide eLearnAfrica’s services to AAU member universities.
The agreement was intended to help African universities take advantage of the tools and delivery platform of the eLearnAfrica portal and mobile application for expanding educational opportunities.
The organisations sought to benefit approximately 10 million students across Africa.
In 2016, the company partnered with the Zambian Open University (ZAOU) with the expectation to double the number of students registering in 2017.