Profile of the Hon Venâncio Massingue, PhD, Minister of Science and Technology of Mozambique
Prof. Venâncio Massingue, PhD, was born in 1960 in Chibuto district, Mozambique. In 1982 he qualified as an electronic and electrical engineering technician in 1982. From 1987 to 1992, he studied for the degree of Licenciatura in electro-technical engineering at UEM, with a thesis research work done at TUDelft. Currently he holds a Doctoral degree in Management and Control in Application of Information and Communication Technology from the Technology University of Delft (TUDelft), in the Netherlands.
Seeking to broaden his field of expertise, he has attended courses in Economic Concepts for Engineers and Managers at MIT, USA (June 2002), in Human Resource Development and Academia-Industry Cooperation on ICT in Japanese Universities (2003), in Japan and in Academia-Industry Cooperation on ICT (2004), in China.
His professional carrier has evolved from electrical engineering technician 1982-1986, after Dr. Massingue joined the newly created Informatics Centre (CIUEM) at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Head of the Computer Maintenance Department (1986-1988), Deputy Director of CIUEM (1989-1992), Director of CIUEM (1992-1997).
From 1997 to 2005 Dr. Venâncio Massingue was Vice-Rector for Administration & Resources and Information and Communications Technologies at UEM and in 2005 was appointed Minister of Science and Technology.
As Director of CIUEM Dr. Venâncio Massingue was a key player in bringing the Internet to Mozambique and in developing CIUEM as a centre of expertise for South-South cooperation programmes, within the framework of the MHO programme.
From 1996 to 1998 he masterminded the development of the Mozambique ICT Policy and ICT Strategy that were later approved by the Cabinet in 2000 and 2002 respectively.
He was key player in the promotion and expansion of ICT in Mozambique. His activity includes lecturing the discipline of Data Communications and Networks in the Department of Mathematics and Informatics of UEM; conception and development of the Mozambican Information and Communication Technology Institute (MICTI) and establishment of the Acacia Program in Mozambique.
From 1996 to date he served on many national and international committees concerned with ICT, including the African Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) of UN-ECA, and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Informatics Programme. Currently He is the Executive Secretary of the Mozambique Acacia Advisory Committee and the president of the UNESCO Regional Informatics for Africa (RINAF).
Hon. Venâncio Massingue has published a number of articles and publications in the field of ICT for national, regional and international institutions and organizations. In 1998, he received the UNESCO Albert Einstein Medal for Science and Technology.