Kisii University has collaborated with Huawei Inc. through the prestigious Huawei ICT Academy program to provide the students with hands-on skills and market-ready skills. Kisii University students can now register and train in all the Huawei Certifications including the Huawei Certified Network Associates. The official launch of this initiative on Friday 4th October 2019 was graced by the Dean School of Information Science and Technology, Dr. Mzee Awuor, Chair of Department of Computing Sciences Ms. Teresa Abuya as well as other faculty members. The launching was done by Mr. Michael Kamau, Huawei ICT Academy Manager who gave a key speech on the importance of taking certification courses. He also encouraged students to register for Huawei ICT Skills competition 2019/2020.

“This is an opportunity that we should all take, if not for the win, for learning and the experience” Michael further stated. Last Year’s competition saw over 4,000 students from over 40 universities in Kenya, Kisii University being one of them. The team from Kisii University achieved great success with one of the students (George Kilili) emerging the top 11 out of 4,000 participants. He was awarded a certificate and given an internship with one of Huawei Partners. Another student (Alexander Mutua), also from Kisii University who was also a participant was offered a job at Huawei Kenya as a Management Trainee.

Speaking during the launch, Ms. Teresa Abuya underscored the need to establish Huawei ICT Academy at Kisii University which puts the University on the radar in the Huawei Global Academy Network. The academy opens doors for the students to get first-hand training from Huawei on Networking and Cloud Computing. Students will also benefit from the free resources provided to the University as a training center.

The Dean pointed out that the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Akama is enthusiastic about Huawei HCNA training for our students as they will gain practical knowledge in handling Network and Cloud Computing issues. He emphasized the need to be equipped with hands-on skills apart from achieving the degrees because the job market needs skills as well as theory.  

Additionally, the School of Information Science and Technology representative Eutychus K. Longbet said that they expect Kisii University to represent Kenya in the regional finals in South Africa and even at the Global finals in China for the Huawei Skill Competition 2019. All students interested in the completion have been urged to register in the completion.  With this new development, the university hopes to make students problem solvers and job-creators towards solving the unemployment problem in Kenya.

By Steve Kioko

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