IBM to aid student development in Mauritius

IBM in MauritiusIBM will offer its expertises to students in Mauritius after the technology giant signed a collaboration agreement with the island’s largest university

As part of the agreement, IBM will provide access to open source and IBM Technology to students at the University of Mauritius, as well as supplying guest lecturers for students and providing research collaboration for researchers at the university.

“This collaboration provides an excellent opportunity to our students, staff to get acquainted with leading technologies and best practices being used and applied in the industry,” said Raj Kishen Moloo, lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Mauritius.

“They will also benefit from IBM’s innovations and enriching experience. This initiative supports our efforts to train highly-skilled computer scientists to meet the pressing need by industry for such skills in the Indian Ocean region.”

Yusuf Assenjee, territory manager for the Indian Ocean Islands at IBM, added, “We are planning to augment ongoing initiatives by the government of Mauritius to expand and enhance the skills base and talent within its workforce.”

The move is the latest in a line of education initiatives recently launched by IBM, which includes its IBM Africa Technical Institute in Mauritius.

The institute will offer educational sessions on IBM technologies to academia, IT specialists, business partners and clients, before moving onto other African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

IBM general manager for Africa, Jean-Christophe Knoertzer, remarked, “Africa is a rich continent in natural resources and commodities, but the future lies in exporting services and talent development is one of the keys to success.”

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