Nairobi’s Strathmore University opened a Centre of Excellence for Oracle at the university’s research centre, @iLabAfrica. The facility, funded by a grant from Oracle, will be used for a variety of Oracle training workshops and activities for university faculty and students, high school teachers and students, and technology entrepreneurs.
The Centre of Excellence at @iLabAfrica is bound to create opportunities for Kenyan youth to gain technology-related skills that can enable them to work across industries and borders. The IT skills gap represents a challenge for Kenya. The new Centre of Excellence @iLabAfrica provides a vital tool to expand technology education and help to close the gap.
“There are very few jobs today that don’t require some sort of ICT understanding, skill or experience,” said Dr. Gilbert Saggia, Country Leader, Oracle Kenya. “In a fast-growing economy like Kenya, investing in ICT skills is imperative for business and government alike. Oracle is proud to work alongside organizations like Strathmore University to introduce a world-class training facility to support skills development in the country.”
“Development of effective and collaborative innovation ecosystems like @iLabAfrica can help drive African economies like Kenya’s,” said Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director, @iLabAfrica Research Centre.
Oracle Academy completed its inaugural educator training event at @iLabAfrica for educators from Strathmore University, Equity Foundation, and iHub in July. The five-day Oracle Academy Java Fundamentals course prepared teachers to cascade critical skills to nearly 2000 students in the coming year as part of ongoing relationships with Oracle Academy to develop IT skills in Kenya.