Google’s Ambassador Programme comes to SA

Luke Mckend, Country Manager for Google South Africa

Google announced that the Google Student Ambassador Programme will be making its way to South Africa. This forms part of Google’s commitment to empower the African academic community with knowledge, infrastructure and the tools to access information easily and effectively.

The initiative, which was launched in both Nigeria and Ghana, invites students enrolled at SA universities to represent Google for one academic year tenure on their respective campuses.

Students will help promote the adoption, usage and localisation of Google’s products and create awareness about Google opportunities for the university community.

Seventeen students have been selected from five SA universities to be Google ambassadors for 2011-2012. These institutions include the University of Cape Town, University of the Free State, University of Pretoria, Rhodes University and the Vaal University of Technology.

The chosen students come from various disciplines such as computer science, engineering and business and speak several South African languages.

“Google has selected a fantastic group of motivated and energetic South African students who are eager to follow in the footsteps of their fellow African ambassadors,” comments Luke Mckend, Country Manager for Google South Africa.

“These young people understand the possibilities that the Internet presents for the continent and are dedicated to educating others about the web, as well as useful Google tools and services.”


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