IBM Expands Africa Push With $60M Investment
IBM is increasing its focus on Africa, pledging $60 million to enhance tech skills and support tech startups and entrepreneurs on the continent.IBM announced plans to invest $60 million over three years to develop the next generation of technical talent in Africa. As part of the initiative, IBM is expanding its Africa Technical Academy and the company's Africa University Program to more than 20 African countries. In Kenya—home to IBM's Africa Research lab and Innovation Center—IBM is partnering with the Kenya Education Network (KENET) to deliver certification courses to faculty and students of 50 Kenyan universities over KENET's broadband network. "With a research laboratory, innovation centers, offices and other advanced facilities in more than 24 African countries, IBM has the highest concentration of technical talent on the African continent," Dr. Naguib Attia, IBM's CTO and vice president of technical leadership for the Middle East and Africa (MEA), said in a statement. "As the leader in science and technology in Africa, we see it as IBM's responsibility to make a strategic investment in skills development helping to lay the foundations of the Africa of tomorrow." The courses are available at no cost and are facilitated by both IBM online trainers and certified faculty from the participating universities.
"This IBM certification program will provide university graduates with critical entry-level job skills that are in high demand by employers in Kenya and Africa," said Professor Meoli Kashorda, executive director of the Kenya Education Network, in a statement. "Both the African universities and leading private sector companies that are investing on the continent stand to benefit from this program."