TechInAfrica – Collaboration between Nokia and the two leading universities in Ethiopia is on the horizon after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed. The fruition of the agreement is the facilitation of tailored training and coaching programs, as well as sharing of the technical and business practices in the ICT sector, which is in line with the global developments and market demands. Another point is the supportive effect resulting from the collaboration for the Ethiopian government in leveraging ICT as the enabler of the overall socio-economic transformation.
For the students, the collaboration will allow them to learn technical skills, as well as giving them the necessary support to nurture the correlated competencies and skills in the rapidly transforming labor market, which does not exclude the female students as they will be given equal galore of opportunities.
Signed by Dr. Esayas Gebre Yohannes, Scientific Director at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Dereje Engida, President of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, and Daniel Jaeger, Head of the Central East and West Africa (CEWA) Market Unit, Nokia, all parties are ready to commit to their collaborative project together.
“We are committed to providing a world-class education to our students. Collaboration with Nokia is a crucial initiative in this regard and will allow us to impart the latest technical education and introduce them to global best practices and trends and prepare them for the job market. We are delighted to collaborate with Nokia to expand our teaching capabilities and help build the skills to take Ethiopia forward,” says Dereje Engida (PhD.), President of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University.
Dr. Esayas expressed his enthusiasm, adding that the collaboration will grant their students access to connect with a world leader with proven expertise in the fields of information and communication technologies.
Meanwhile, Jaeger, the representative of Nokia, emphasized on the support the company will offer to the two universities as they help students acquire the necessary skills in the latest technologies, such as 5G, cloud computing, and data analytics. “We are excited to support the universities in Ethiopia in their objectives to play a leading role in setting standards in the quality of engineering education, research, innovation, and business incubation.”