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Oracle partners MTN to train 2,000 MTNF Scholars in ICT

In a bid to bridge Information and Communication Technology skills acquisition gap in Nigeria, technology solution company, Oracle Corporation and MTN Foundation (MTNF) have planned to train up to 2,000 MTNF scholars in database design, SQL and Java programming skills, as well, fund one student to attend the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) open-lab Summer School in Switzerland reports ITRealms.

Speaking on the collaboration, ITRealms gathered that, Mr. Adebayo Sanni, Country Manager, Oracle Nigeria, said the initiative focuses on teaching database design, SQL and Java programming skills to MTN Foundation Scholars, using Oracle Academy curriculum and hosted online learning materials. “Students will be taught by two trained faculty from the Ajayi Crowther University and Aived International who have attended and passed the formal Oracle Academy faculty training courses.” He said. 

Sanni also added that, “With the rapid adoption of technology in Nigeria, it is imperative that students are equipped with the right skills to take advantage of career and entrepreneurial opportunities.”
On the MTNF Scholarship Scheme, Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck said it’s a corporate social responsibility which covers students’ tuition, books and pocket allowance helping to reduce poverty as well as foster sustainable development in Nigeria.

According to Goodluck, it is renewable provided recipients maintain a minimum of 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in their course of study and an overall 2.5 CGPA.

Equally, ITRealms learnt that MTN in collaboration with its partner, have selected to fund Mufutau Akuruyejo, a computer science student of the University of Lagos, who emerged the best student from Africa, at a global academic competition, organized by CERN, for a nine week training programme on ICT in Switzerland.

The highly competitive student programme, ITRealms gathered is a cornerstone of CERN open-lab and recieved over 1,500 applications from all over the globe this year.

Sanni, who confirmed this, ITRealms learnt, said that the support from Oracle in funding Akuruyejo to Switzerland for ICT training would assist Nigeria in bridging ICT skills gap in the country. He said Oracle has been involved in several partnerships with state governments to further drive technology development across the country.

CERN open-lab was created more than 10 years ago to tackle computing, data, and infrastructure challenges, with summer school which also focuses on research and development activities in the ICT space.

Akuruyejo, an MTNF scholar, ITRealms gathered will be the first Nigerian student to participate in the annual CERN open-lab nine week programme.

Daniel Nsolibe/GEE

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1 comment:

IDIL Bom said...

Valuable for me.. Is there any further reading you would recommend on this?

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