VMware has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the University as the first Regional VMware IT Academy for East Africa.
In this role, @iLabAfrica-Strathmore University plans to continue to offer VMware IT Academy training as part of its own curriculum, but will also be responsible for implementing the VMware IT Academy program across other higher educational institutions in East Africa. This hopes to help bolster digital skills across the continent and encourage economic prosperity linked to digital skills transfer.
Research has shown that the African continent continues to face a technical skills shortage, further highlighted by the sweeping impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on business’ ability to embrace remote working policies.
Digitalisation is expected to play a vital role in supporting the region’s post-pandemic recovery efforts, and investment in digital skills is an important element of this.
As a Regional VMware IT Academy, @iLabafrica Strathmore University will help accelerate the delivery of VMware IT Academy training, technical skills and certifications to learners as well as learning institutions across East Africa.
“We are delighted to be selected as the first Regional VMware IT Academy in East Africa. Over the last ten months, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that the members of our Faculty of IT have the right skills to support the curriculum, and are in a position to assist in empowering our youth to better embrace and accelerate their knowledge of the digital skills required to support and building modern, technology-centric businesses across the continent,” says Joseph Sevilla, Director for @iLabAfrica at Strathmore University.
“Last year, we announced that our goal was to become the first regional lead, achieving this in less than a year is testimony to both our commitment as Strathmore University as well as the desire amongst young Africans to embrace the new digital future.”
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