IBM makes push into Africa

IBM logoHot on the heels of a visit to Africa by the US president, IBM said it will invest $60 million over the next three years in 20 African countries.

The aim is to expand its Technical Academy to educate professionals in analytics, cloud and big data.

IBM is cooperating with the Kenya Education Network for certification courses for 40 universities in the country.

The courses are being offered free of charge and are intended to give graduate students with entry level IT job skills.

Local academic staff are being supported by IBM scientists as well as an information portal and while the courses are in English, they’re going to be offered in French and in other African languages.

IBM said that by 2017 the certifications will be available to over 35,000 students across the continent.