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Ghana Government and Huawei jointly Address Digital Gap & SDGs in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana, Nov. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ghana build the biggest RuralStar connectivity network to bridge digital GAP and achieve UN SDGs. The government of Ghana has decided to deploy 1000 base stations in the second phase, after successful first-phase deployment of 2,000 base stations. It will increase the network population coverage from 95% to 99% in the future.

Ghana Ministry of Communications and Digitalization (MOCD) and Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), in partnership with Huawei have officially launched the Rural Telephony Project at the first phase.

H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo, President of Ghana

Speaking at the event, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo, President of Ghana, mentioned that Government is committed to ensuring that every Ghanaianm, irrespective of tribe, religion, class, location, or identity has access to affordable and reliable voice and data connectivity.

To date, MOCD/GIFEC, through the Project, has provided voice and data services to over 3.4 million people in underserved and unserved communities in Ghana. National mobile coverage can increase from 83% to 95%.

By the base station deployment, the ubiquitous mobile network have promoted improvements in education, economy, healthcare and environmental protection

Education: The solution has provided connectivity to approximately 2,000 schools, allowing efficient distribution of curriculum content to schools and bridging the gap between urban and rural education. It enables Internet-based training to improve students’ computer skills and improves employment opportunities.

Economy: 1.5 million people living in Ghana’s rural areas use mobile money services, giving them access to financial services, and improving business and income growth opportunities. Communications across various media enable residents to reach the market with their produce more effectively.

Huawei RuralStar Base Station in Deployment

Healthcare: More than 200 rural clinics are now connected, so medical information is promptly disseminated to remote villages, helping improve the skills of rural doctors. During emergencies, rural doctors can now quickly communicate with urban hospitals to obtain emergency assistance. This helps save lives, for example, by providing emergency assistance to mothers and babies.

In the Banka community, for example, the mobile network connects 30 school computers to the national curriculum plan. It enables learners to learn computer technology and improve their employment opportunities. It connects community health centers to the residents, thus improving healthcare services, including securing of critical blood supply when needed.

Environmental protection: The project’s smart, green solar power supply solution enables the sites to stand independent of local power grids, eliminating the need for diesel generators and long-distance power distribution. This solution not only provides more stable power supplies, but also eliminates fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

Commenting on the project, Minister for Communications of Ghana, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said: “ICT development plays a vital role in revitalizing the national economy, especially in promoting rural economic development. Accelerating the improvement of rural communications facilities is one of our important agenda. We selected Huawei as partner in this rural network project as we have seen Huawei’s unremitting efforts in bridging in the digital divide. We hope that the project can be completed as soon as possible so that people in more remote areas can enjoy the benefits of mobile broadband.”

Huawei is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Ghana Government and Huawei jointly drive ubiquitous connectivity and promote equal access to networks, leaving no one behind in the digital world and meeting the goals of SDG1 (NO POVERTY), SDG3 (GOOD HEALTH AND WELLBEING), SDG4 (QUALITY EDUCATION), and SDG10 (REDUCED INEQUALITIES), SDG 13 (Climate Action).

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ApplyBoard Releases First Annual Trends Report on Top Trends and Future Opportunity in the International Education Industry

ApplyBoard’s data-driven trends report shows how international student preferences and trends in the international education space are shifting

KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ApplyBoard, the EdTech platform revolutionizing the international student journey, launched their first annual trends report on the future of international education.

To help shape recruitment plans and improve global access to education around the world, ApplyBoard gathered data to uncover the latest trends in sector recovery, key factors motivating student decision-making, emerging markets for student recruitment, and predictions for the next decade. The report is designed to inform and guide international students, recruitment partners and higher education institutions.

“As we head into 2022, we’re seeing lots of excitement and pent-up demand from international students eager to study abroad. The pandemic has led to shifting interests among international students who are paying closer attention to lower tuition prices, access to post-graduation work opportunities, and in-person learning opportunities,” says Meti Basiri, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder of ApplyBoard. “Despite the challenges the industry faced during the pandemic, the data shows that international students are more interested in studying abroad now than ever before, and our team is doing everything we can to help them achieve their dreams.”

ApplyBoard has assisted more than 250,000 students with their educational journeys and was co-founded by three brothers who were all international students themselves: Martin, Meti, and Massi Basiri. During the pandemic, ApplyBoard helped transform the international education recruitment and application processes through its intuitive digital platform. Today, the platform is home to over 1,500 schools and is used by over 10,000 recruitment partners, which makes it simple for international students to discover and apply to the country, school, and program best suited to their needs.

“ApplyBoard is building an education revolution, and this report puts everything that has happened during the pandemic into perspective so that we can build in 2022 and the years to come,” says Jo Johnson, Chair of the ApplyBoard Advisory Board. “Grounded in in-depth research, the report identifies key trends unfolding in the higher education industry whilst demonstrating ApplyBoard’s deep industry expertise and knowledge.”

Read the full report online. Notable findings from the report include:

Application Data Shows Pent-Up Demand From International Students

  • According to data from the ApplyBoard Platform, student application volumes are booming across the world. From March to October 2021, UK student applications on the ApplyBoard Platform rose by more than 300%, Canadian applications grew by over 200%, and US applications spiked by 750% compared to the same period in 2020.

New Factors Influencing the Student Decision-Making Process 

  • As we move past the pandemic, international students are increasingly looking for lower tuition prices and access to post-graduation work opportunities. They are also considering alternative destination markets. Prior to the pandemic, most students browsing programs on the ApplyBoard Platform searched for programs with tuition fees up to C$100,000 per year. During the first 10 months of 2021, more than half of all students chose to view only programs with annual tuition fees of C$30,000 or less.

Prioritizing Student Diversity 

  • Major players India and China will remain large source markets for the future of recruitment. But economic and demographic shifts point to a number of smaller markets primed to capture growing shares of the international student market. ApplyBoard modelling and industry data has identified Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Indonesia as high-growth potential markets.


Alessandra Manieri