IBM To Boost Technical Skills In Mauritius

IBM To Boost Technical Skills In Mauritius

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IBM To Boost Technical Skills In Mauritius PR Newswire PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, July 25, 2012 - New programs to help develop technical talent in the Indian Ocean Island Region PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a collaboration agreement with the University of Mauritius to help meet the demand for Computer Science skills in the Indian Ocean island region. The joint academic initiative will provide technology and training resources while boosting support for computer science professionals at the University. In tandem, IBM also launched a Mauritian technical skills training pilot initiative for IT specialists, which will be rolled out to nine other African countries. As part of the agreement with the University of Mauritius, IBM will provide access to the latest open source and IBM Technology, assisting the University to remain current with cutting edge resources. IBM technical staff will provide guest lectures to students and IBM will also offer research collaboration for University researchers. Talent development is a key element of IBM's 2015 road map for sustainable business expansion and making markets within emerging economies. IBM supports several other universities across Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa, helping to develop graduates with vital business and technology skills.

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IBM To Boost Technical Skills In Mauritius
PR Newswire PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, July 25, 2012
- New programs to help develop technical talent in the Indian Ocean Island Region PORT LOUIS, Mauritius,July 25, 2012/PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a collaboration agreement with the University ofMauritiusto help meet the demand for Computer Science skills in the Indian Ocean island region. The joint academic initiative will provide technology and training resources while boosting support for computer science professionals at the University. In tandem, IBM also launched a Mauritian technical skills training pilot initiative for IT specialists, which will be rolled out to nine other African countries.
As part of the agreement with the University ofMauritius, IBM will provide access to the latest open source and IBM Technology, assisting the University to remain current with cutting edge resources. IBM technical staff will provide guest lectures to students and IBM will also offer research collaboration for University researchers. Talent development is a key element of IBM's 2015 road map for sustainable business expansion and making markets within emerging economies. IBM supports several other universities acrossAfrica, includingNigeria,Ghana, TanzaniaandSouth Africa, helping to develop graduates with vital business and technology skills. "This collaboration with IBM provides an excellent opportunity to our students, staff to get acquainted with leading technologies and best practices being used and applied in the industry. They will also benefit from IBM's innovations and enriching experience. This initiative supports our efforts to train highly skilled computer scientists to meet the pressing need by industry for such skills in the Indian Ocean region," said Raj Kishen Moloo, Lecturer in Computer Science, University ofMauritius. As part of its broader program of developing technology skills, IBM also
launched an IBM Africa Technical Institute inMauritiusthis week. The company is offering education about IBM technologies and how these solutions can help solve some of the challenges facing businesses and the public sector inAfrica. Delivered by IBM experts, the sessions are open to academia, IT specialists, business partners and clients. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ibm_media/7644032250/in/photostream IBM's decision to launch the training initiative inMauritiuscomplements the desire by the island nation to export IT and financial skills intoAfrica.Mauritius is strengthening the expertise of its workforce in order to support numerous growth opportunities inMauritiusandAfrica. "We are planning to augment ongoing initiatives by the Government of Mauritius to expand and enhance the skills base and talent within its workforce," said Yusuf Assenjee, IBM Territory Manager, Indian Ocean Islands. With a robust client base inMauritius, IBM customers include Compagnie Mauricienne de Textile (CMT), Air Mauritius and the International Card Processing Systems (ICPS). All three companies are based inMauritiuswith a strong international and pan-African presence. Earlier this year, IBM extended its operation inMauritiusas part of its expansion strategy acrossAfrica. The Technical Institute will move to other African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo,Kenya,Nigeria,EthiopiaandMozambiquein the next few months. The collaboration with the University ofMauritiusand the Technical Institute are part of a broad investment program by IBM across the African continent "Our investment in talent development and skills is further demonstration of our overall commitment to Africa," said IBM General Manager forAfrica, Jean-Christophe Knoertzer. "Africa is a rich continent in natural resources and commodities but the future lies in exporting services and talent development is one of the keys to success." IBM's commitment to strengthening skills across the continent encompasses the recent cooperative agreement with the Government ofTanzaniaon research and education. Similar skills development related agreements have been signed inGhanaandKenya. InJune 2012, IBM also launched the LeadAfrica Graduate Program that is providing hands on induction to top 21 graduates from 6 African countries.Africais also a focus region for IBM's Corporate Citizen Corps, a corporate version of the US Peace Corps. IBM is currently present in more than 20 African countries, includingTanzania, Senegal,South Africa,Morocco,Egypt,Tunisia,Algeria,Ghana,Nigeriaand Kenya. About IBM For more information on IBM, please visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/index.wss For more information on IBM inAfrica, please visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/34710.wss For more information about IBM's university programs, visit http://www.ibm.com/academicinitiative Contact: Arlene Wainstein IBM Media Relations arlenewainstein@fr.ibm.com Laurie Napaul-Richard Imagine Communication
Tel.: +230 2101631 / 5108 laurie@imagine.intnet.mu