The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) has established cloud laboratory learning tools to enhance students’ access to IBM applications that will boost their IT competencies and skills.
This was revealed by Dr. Ponani Gopalakrishnan, Vice President, Corporate Technology, IBM Research, during the IBM Talk and Award of Certificates to students and staff who had concluded professional certification exams on Cyber Security, Cloud Computing and Web 2.0 Application Development at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Wednesday, March 4.
Dr. Gopalakrishnan who was accompanied by other IBM officials namely; Dr. Naguib Attia, Chief Technology Officer Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Mr. Andrea Emiliani, the University Relations Leader (MEA), further urged students to fully use the IBM tools to turn around the technologies of the future.
“The IT field will transform and determine how people live their lives across the world. The prospect and exposure that IBM has accorded you is a golden opportunity to build your career and effect the changes that you desire to see,” observed Dr. Gopalakrishnan.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga in a speech read on her behalf by Principal of College of Applied Sciences Prof. David Mulati, said “IBM’s participation in curricula review on some JKUAT Computer Science and Information Technology courses has helped to align university training with the IT industry needs and trends.”
Lauding the IBM University programs, the VC said, the programs have equipped staff and students with relevant skills and competencies that the job market requires, adding that the university has mainstreamed IBM’s DB2 into its Information and Data management courses. This Prof. Imbuga added, had seen JKUAT faculty “train and certify over 150 students in DB2. Violet Ogega, a JKUAT alumna who scored 100% in the DB2 professional examination was absorbed at the IBM Research Lab – Africa.”
Prof. Imbuga acknowledged JKUAT students’ “brilliance in various IBM competitions including ACM Intercollegiate Programming Competition and IBM Master of the mainframe competition which have cumulatively resulted in JKUAT’s visibility in various IBM global publications including IBM Academic Brochure and IBM Ecosystem Video.”
The VC informed the visiting team that JKUAT was establishing a regional ICT and Open Data Centre of Excellence aimed at promoting technology transfer, data sharing, analysis, management and archival ,and welcomed IBM to extend its partnership to the new venture that will serve the region.
Prof. Muliaro and Dr Kimani who spoke at the function congratulated beneficiaries of the Mobile Application Developer Certification and challenged them to come up with the best innovations to address human challenges. They further appealed to IBM to consider JKUAT students for internships and employment opportunities.