JKUAT Partners with Red Hat Academy

Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs JKUAT Prof. Robert Kinyua and Christopher Saul from RedHat sign the training partnership

The School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) signed a certificate of partnership with Red Hat Academy on Tuesday June 21, 2022, adding to the diversification in IT certifications for JKUAT students. The main purpose of this partnership is to bridge the gap between the Industry market and the Academia. Redhat Academy provides a curriculum to help education institutions keep pace with the demands of the industry.

Through this partnership, SCIT will offer JKUAT students majoring in information technology and computing with Red Hat professional courses in Core system administration, Cloud computing, and middleware development in an initiative to help them develop their technical skills using open source Technology in preparation for the competitive job market.

SCIT students undertaking the RedHat course at the University’s IT laboratory

While officiating the signing ceremony, Prof. Robert Kinyua, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, stated that JKUAT was eager to collaborate with industry partners such as RedHat, an approach he says results in faster development of research and innovation ideas.

The Chairperson, department of Information Technology at SCIT, Mr. Francis Thiong’o reported that so far 131 students on internal attachment during the May – August 2022 semester at the School are currently undertaking the Redhat systems administration course version 8.2, a move aimed at enhancing student’s technical skills in Core System Administration courses. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to deploy, administer, manage and secure Redhat Enterprise Linux.

Chairman IT department Mr. Francis Thiong’o updates the RedHat team on the students’ progress

Redhat is the most famous and widely used open-source distribution as it can be customized as needed. Notably, it powers one of the world’s most popular platforms, Android, and unlike other operating systems such as Windows, it has the advantage of being freely available.

According to Christopher Saul, Red Hat Territory Sales Lead in East Africa, the emphasis on open source systems is meant to help students improve their collaboration skills through teamwork, bolstering their skills in preparation for the dynamic world of information technology.

“Redhat Academy courses are designed to create direct employment opportunities, and we are in discussions with some financial institutions to organize a hackathon for students later on in order to identify solutions, particularly for Fintechs,” Mr. Saul explained.

The Redhat courses at JKUAT will take a month to complete and certificates will be awarded.

JKUAT Faculty led by Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof Robert Kinyua receive a trophy from RedHat team as a symbol of JKUAT’s excellence 

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