The JKUAT School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) in collaboration with Microsoft conducted a training to sensitize students on the Microsoft Graph, a unified API (Application Programming Interface) that is used to build apps for organizations and consumers who interact with large amounts of data.
Speaking during the training, held June 20, 2019, Microsoft Programme Manager, based in Montreal, Canada, Mr. Darrel Miller urged the students to “future proof their career” by equipping themselves with modern hardware and information, citing the importance of the Microsoft Graph in enhancing their ability to “learn new things throughout”.
Mr. Miller said the Microsoft Graph, “a collection of data available through APIs and Web hooks,” would boost the availability of information in institutions and its amalgamable features with other programmes like one note, would also offer the user a wide range of experiences.
Microsoft Graph Tooling, Program Manager, Microsoft East Africa, Bettirose Ngugi, compelled the students to understand the fundamentals that Microsoft has to offer saying, the training would ensure the students are well kitted with high coding skills, thus positioning them to be better placed in acquiring employment in any tech based company.
“As IT students you need to be proficient in the various coding and programming areas to be able to curve a niche in the competitive technological world,” she asserted.
Speaking on the types of projects available for the students, Charles Wahome, a coder with Microsoft Company urged students to “choose a project that can be a solution to a problem which they are proficient in,” inspiring the students to emulate the efforts of two JKUAT alumni; Nicole Sigei and Elinor Kaguonyo, who had created a book tracking tool which had enhanced book sharing in their department.
Director, SCIT, Dr. Michael Kimwele appreciated the Microsoft team and gave assurance that his department would continue “partnering with like-minded visionary institutions” in ensuring that the JKUAT churns out holistic students in their respective areas of expertise.
On the impact of the training, Kelvin Onkundi, a second-year Mathematics and Computer Science student, said, he was appreciative of the training saying that having such session regularly would enable the students to sharpen their skills in preparation for the demanding and growing technology industry.