Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Safaricom-Huawei Training Facility for Kenyan University Engineering Students

Integrated mobile service provider Safaricom and a leading telecommunications giant Huawei have partnered to give local Kenyan university (Nairobi, Moi and Jomo Kenyatta University) students to a state of the art training facility located along Mombasa road in Nairobi. The partnership is intended to groom engineering students with the latest technological developments that will put them forefront in today’s market.

Previously, electronics giant LG in conjunction with Nairobi University established a similar training facility tackling mainly Air conditioning systems; the training facility acquaints students with latest technology advancements in air conditioning. According to the deal, students from Nairobi, Moi, and Jomo Kenyatta Universities will get world class training from the state of the art facility meant to reduce the disparities existing between training acquired and job market demand in Kenya.

The Huawei training center located along Mombasa road will offer students latest world class training in telecommunications technologies. Apart from reviewing the university curricular, more than 4,500 engineering students from partner local Kenyan universities are expected to have gone through and been certified from Huawei-Safaricom training facility in the next few years.

The deal between Safaricom and Huawei will see an increase in the overall number of engineers in Kenya which currently stands at 6,000; 8,000 being the expected average. The hence forth result will be a more sustainable economy with enough skilled manpower to drive Kenya to higher grounds. In the recent past, HP a global recognized computer maker also created one of the latest equipped training center in Kenya.

Huawei is a Chinese firm with presence globally especially in Africa, it has partnered with major telecommunications players to offer expatriate and equipments; Safaricom which is Kenya’s largest mobile service provider with respect to number of subscribers on its network has engaged Huawei in major areas such as provision of modems, mobile phones and network equipments.

Apart from Kenya, other African country with a similar Huawei training facility is Nigeria; Africa proves to be a major growing market for tech equipments and services.
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It's good to see Safaricom engaging in such activities; Huawei-Safaricom Training center will polish university Engineering students with the latest developmnts in the ICT sector

it is just the beginning congrats to Safaricom but I wonder why technology is still in the hands of the west, does it mean African engineers can't come up with something of their own unique technology that the rest of the world take years to understand I mean starting from the scratch may be a unique car not seen in the world before or anything that suits African style.

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