University Collaboration for Digital Inclusion

Managing trusted information and free access to this information are the core components of the University collaboration for digital inclusion.

The representatives from the participating Universities commit to
(i) address digital inclusion as part of their academic work,
(ii) have their research focus on contributions to the SDGs
(iii) contribute with trusted and peer-reviewed information, addressing e.g. education, health, agriculture, financial inclusion,
(iv) establish workshops and conferences on digital inclusion and become thought leaders,
(v) contribute with knowledge and information to the public decision making,
(vi) form a global alliance on digital inclusion, and
(vii) contribute to developing global standards to meet the SDG goals.

Participating Researchers World-Wide


Universities in Algeria (DZ)
Bentenbi Chaibdra Tani
Associate Professor,
University of Oran1
Internet & Web Behavior, digital Transformation
Universities in Australia (AU)
Ryan Ko
Prof. at the School of ITEE; Chair and Director of UQ Cyber Security
The University of Queensland, Australia
Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, User Data Control, Data Provenance
Amelia Radke
Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Futures
The University of Queensland
digital human rights, criminal justice, healthcare services, Indigenous Australia
Universities in Benin (BJ)
Alix Frank Rodrigue Idohou
Ass. Professor and Head of Forest MethodsNational University of Agriculture and Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations
Universite D'Abomey-Calavi
Biodiversity Informatics, Biodiversity Informatics, GIS, Climate changes and Food Security

Universities in Germany (DE)

Image Andrea S. Winkler
Professor of Global Health, Co-director Center for Global Health, School of Medicine
Technical University of Munich
Global Digital Health, Health Promotion, Global Neurology/Mental Health, Non-communicable diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases, One Health

Universities in Ecuador (EC)

Carlos Rodríguez Arrieta
Director at CR Ciencia & Robótica
ESPE University
Digital Inclusion, STEM education, Robotics

Universities in Ethiopia (ET)

Gemechu Waktola Olana
Assistant Professor
Addis Ababa University
Human Capital, Workforce Development
Addisalem Genta
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute of Technology
Ambo University,
Digital Inclusion, digital literacy, key performance indicators (KPI), resilient communities, decent work, national goals aligned with the SDGs, inclusive access, distributed network architectures
Habtamu Alganeh Guadie
Lecturer Health Informatics
Bahir Dar University
Digital Health, Health Infromation System, e-Health, Data Quality, Data Use, Data Science
Kirubel Biruk Shiferaw
Debre Markos University
Digital Health, eHealth, Health information system, data quality, Machine learning, data science
Tesfamariam Abuhay
Assistant Professor and Vice Dean of the College of Informatics at the University of Gondar
digital inclusion, digital literacy, key performance indicators, inclusive access, capacity building, education
Belay Enyew Chekol,
Information Technology,
University of Gondar
Computational health
Tesfaye Bayu Bati
Asst. Professor at Department of Informatics
Deputy Director for Research and Technology Transfer
Institute of Technology
Hawassa University
technologies in education,
digital health,
natural language processing

Universities in Finland (FI)

Marianne Kinnula
Associate Professor in Human-centred design and digitalisation, and the research unit vice-leader of INTERACT research unit in University of Oulu
Human-centred design, digitisation, information systems, human-computer interaction
Sumita Sharma,
Postdoctoral researcher, INTERACT Research Unit,
University of Oulu
Child-Computer Interaction, Accessibility and Inclusion, Human-Computer Interaction for Development

Universities in Great Britain (GB)

Image Rahim Tafazolli
Professor, Director of ICS, 5GIC, 6GIC,
The University of Surrey
Satellite, Broadband, Energy Efficiency

Universities in Greece (GR)

Image Image George C. Polyzos
Prof. Department of Informatics & Director, Mobile Multimedia Laboratory
Athens University of Economics and Business

Universities in Italy (IT)

Carlo Riva
Prof. at the Department of Electronic, Information and Bioengineering
Politecnico di Milano
Propagation, Satellite Communication

Universities in Kenya (KE)

Charles Owino,
Strathmore University, Nairobi
Public Policy, Development Studies

Universities in Kazakhstan (KZ)

Behrouz Maham
Associate Professor at the Department of ECE
Nazarbayev University, Astana
Wireless Communications, Wireless Networks

Universities in Malaysia (MY)

Image Chua Kah Heng,
Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Faculty of Education University of Malaya
Chemistry Education, Science Education, Teaching Pedagogy

Universities in Norway (NO)

Image Image Vilija Balionyte-Merle
Coordinator NTNU Digital
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Next Generation Internet, Trust
Image Laurence Habib
Head of Department of Computer Science
OsloMet -- Oslo Metropolitan University
Home technologies, Teleworking, e-learning
Way Kiat Bong
Researcher, Department for Information technology, Faculty for technology, art and design
OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University
Gerontechnology, Elderly use of ICT, HCI, Universal Design of ICT

Frank Reichert
Professor at the Department of Information and Communication Technology, Faculty of Engineering & Science

University of Agder (UiA)

SDG 4, future education, lifelong learning, microdegrees, mobile internet and applications, gender equality, African music heritage
Devinder Thapa
Prof. at the Department of Information Systems
University of Agder
Ghislain Maurice Norbert Isabwe
Associate Professor, Multimedia & eLearning
Faculty of Engineering and Science
University of Agder
Human-computer interaction, Human-centred design, User Experience Design, Blended Learning, Open Online Education
Andrea S. Winkler,
Deputy Director of Centre for Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine, Co-chair of the Lancet One Health Commission. Professor at the Department for Community Medicine and Global Health, at the Institute of Health and Society
University of Oslo
Global Medicine, Global Health, Global Mental Health in low income countries, Clinical Neurology, Basic Neurosciences
Josef Noll
Prof. at Department of Technology Systems, University of Oslo
Secretary General of the Basic Internet Foundation
Digital Health, Digital Inclusion, Access, National Knowledge Portal, School Connectivity, 6G
Peyman Teymoori,
Research Fellow, Department of Informatics,
University of Oslo
Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA), Congestion Control, Wireless Networks, Analytical Modelling and Optimization of Computer Networks
Image Jörn Klein,
University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)
Global Health, Infectious disease

Universities in Slovenia (SI)

Denis Trcek
Professor, Lab and Department Head
University of Ljubljana
e-business, computer communications, security, privacy, trust management (human factor modeling)
Universities in Sudan (SD)
Mohamed Osman Abdelaziz
Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Health SciencesUniversity of Dongola
Medicine and health sciences
Mohamed Zain Ali
Vice Chancellor
Gadarif University
Food science, nutrition, food and dairy microbiology, fermentation biotechnology, quality control and laboratory technology

Universities in Tanzania (TZ)


Felix Sukums
Lecturer at the Directorate of Information and Communication Technology,
Muhimbili University of Health and Applied Sciences (MUHAS)

Dar es Salaam

Digital health, digital inclusion, digital literacy, data governance
Helena Ngowi,
Associate Prof. at the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Veterinary Public Health, One Health, Zoonoses

Universities in South Africa (ZA)

Amit K Mishra
Professor, Radar Remote Sensing Group, Electrical Engineering Department
University of Cape Town
Radar, radio system design; TV Whitespace; Bio-inspired sensing; AI; Engineering for Development
Mammo Muchie
DSI/NRF Research Professor on science, technology and innovation studies
Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria
Invention, innovation, creativity & entrepreneurship, digital technology

Research Topics on Digital Inclusion

  1. Create a meaningful value for every single human being through the Internet
  2. Contribute to digital inclusion, digital literacy and key performance indicators (KPIs) as drivers for resilient communities, decent work, and local/national goals aligned with the SDGs
  3. Create trustable knowledge on education, health, governmental information, financial inclusion as well as digital public goods that target the SDGs
  4. Inclusive access, allowing everyone to get free access to trustable knowledge. As an example, an InfoSpot in a village may hold courses to acquire digital skills, and handle certificates for the educational sector. As an example, building low-cost backhaul solutions, innovative distributed network architectures, knowledge portals at the edge of the network, and simplified user authentication and security solutions
  5. Capacity building in education and research for digital empowerment as the main objective and for every single human being to use the Internet in daily lives
  6. Data governance and innovation on data is the core for value creation within the society and the country. By combining the innovations from the private sector, and the governmental data, one can create the innovation ecosystem for the Private-Public-Partnership (PPP).
  7. Regulatory issues and business models as the drivers for industrial take-up

Agree and Join the collaboration?

Read our full statement on "Call for Action: University Collaboration for Digital Inclusion" (.pdf)  And get in touch with Josef Noll, m: +47 9083 8066, LinkedIn: or one of our team members  - still interested? then please join through the Google Form