Kenyatta University and Oracle Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to equip 7000 Engineering and Science students with technology, communication and interpersonal skills to advance their careers for the future workplace.
“We feel incredibly privileged to partner with Oracle on this initiative. The agreement signed with Oracle aims to bolster the mandate set out by the University to provide quality education to students and promote knowledge creation and dissemination through research and innovative teaching while responding to the developmental needs of the country and the global community,” says Prof. Paul Wainaina, Vice-Chancellor Kenyatta University.
A research study by RANITP (Research Academic Network on IT Policy), Research ICT Africa and the University of Nairobi on the state of cloud service usage in Kenya, found that businesses highlighted DevOps, software development, system administration and networking skills as crucial for cloud delivery. In addition, they pointed out that information security, as well as contract and project management skills, are essential for migrating, maintaining and supporting cloud services.
“In order to ensure that these students are empowered with the right skills for the future workforce, Oracle will provide training, and information sharing sessions that focus on emerging technologies, cloud technology and various personal career mentorship streams; developing personal skills to enhance resume writing, career strategy, presentation skills and financial management etc.,” explains David Bunei, Managing Director Oracle Kenya.
Further to the training provided, this collaboration will also introduce the Oracle Student Ambassador Club to the select students. This student-led Oracle Ambassador Club will connect student’s requests for learning sessions, events, contests, suggestions, feedback and ideas with Oracle. Providing Oracle led technical and business knowledge transfer sessions, workshops, guest lectures and mentoring of students,” explains Bunei.