The “Innovation, Management, Digital Technologies” Bachelor’s program offered by Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) and Sup de Co Dakar combines engineering and management sciences and is firmly focused on the local economy. The program is designed to provide on-the-job training to prepare the qualified middle managers the African continent needs to support the digital transformation of its economy. It is part of the Franco-Senegalese Campus, initiated by President Macky Sall and President Emmanuel Macron, aimed at jointly developing innovative training programs between French and Senegalese institutions. A year after it was created, the program has welcomed its second cohort of students. The 19 first-year students started their school year on November 25th 2020.

At the crossroads of innovation and education

The Bachelor’s courses take place at the Sup de Co Dakar campus and project-based courses are held at the IMT Edulab, a space for experimenting with innovative teaching methods. Located in the very center of Dakar, this space also acts as a third place, bringing together local players active in digital technology, research professors, students etc. for short or hybrid training courses, innovation workshops, conferences, projects etc.

Michel Pavageau, Director of International Relations at IMT, reminds us that, “The African continent is undergoing tremendous change. In 2014, the number of students was estimated at 5 million. By 2030, it will account for 15 million more. Institut Mines-Télécom is a prominent player in this dynamic growth, from its Senegal campus.”