Stephanie Truille-Baurens

Bio: Stephanie Truille-Baurens, International Cooperation Officer, European Commission, Belgium

Stéphanie Truillé-Baurens is working as International Cooperation Officer within the European Commission (DG DEVCO). She is more specifically managing projects in higher education/digital under the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, and notably AfricaConnect. Ms Truillé-Baurens was previously posted in EU Delegations in third countries, respectively in Mali, Djibouti, Algeria and Zambia. She has an academic background in International Relations with a specialisation in Development studies.

Abstract: “Serving and Adapting to the Needs of African Research and Education Users: AfricaConnect in the COVID-19 Context”

The AfricaConnect project supports research and education (R&E) networks across Africa to provide users with access to high-speed, reliable broadband connectivity and tools to engage in global R&E collaboration.

Since 2011, R&E networks have already contributed to narrow the digital divide by improving access of their member institutions to advanced connectivity at reduced cost.

But as R&E communities become more digitally-driven and require access to innovative e-learning tools and advanced research resources, NRENs have been able to adapt to answer their needs. From Trust and Identity services, cybersecurity and access to cloud infrastructures, NRENs can deploy additional e-services and applications that meet the requirements of the end users. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, this has proved important to support African research and education institutions and it will also help shape the future of online Research and Education.