Kenya Education Network (KENET), which is one of UbuntuNet Alliances’ National Research and Education Network (NREN) Members, has become the first sub-Saharan Africa NREN to partner with IBM in delivering advanced hands-on certification courses to faculty and students of 50 Kenyan universities over its broadband network.
The certification courses will develop and enhance job market readiness among university students by providing the technical expertise that both employers and entrepreneurs require in order to succeed in a fast paced growth market like Kenya.
“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 Prof Meoli Kashorda, Executive Director, Kenya Education Network.
“Both the African universities and leading private sector companies that are investing on the continent stand to benefit from this program,” he added.
The courses are available at no cost and are facilitated by both IBM online trainers and certified faculty in the participating universities.
KENET is the first sub-Saharan National Research and Education Network to enter into such an agreement with IBM that allows all connected member universities to benefit from the certification program.
The NREN was created in 1999 and registered as a Trust that promotes the use of ICT in Teaching, Learning and Research in Higher Education Institutions in Kenya.
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