A US$60mn skills programme has been initiated by IBM Research Africa to improve the level of training imparted to technology and engineering students
IBM expects the skills to aid the students to enter the job market, and make them more competent.
The firm will be working in partnership with the Kenya Education Network (KENET) and will beam out courses on a universal cloud in more than 50 universities and polytechnics in Kenya.
“The cloud system is hosted by Nairobi University and managed by KENET. It can be accessed free of charge by computer science, information technology and engineering students across the country,” said KENET executive director Meoli Kashorda during the launch of the programme.
IBM will utilize KENET’s existing broadband infrastructure in all the 57 campus sites with faculty members and students trained on additional skills such as cyber-security, mobile education and business analytics.
13 universities and more than 1,000 students and 100 lecturers across Africa are also benefiting from this programme, mainly in Nigeria and Tunisia.
IBM cloud would also benefit universities in South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.