In a quest to be an active participant to the growth of ICTs in Kenya, Samsung Electronics East Africa partnered with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture of Science and Technology (JKUAT), one of Kenya’s Universities which also prides itself as the home of technology among universities in the region.
In the partnership, Samsung will provide high quality subsidized laptops to the University students to ensure that students have both genuine laptops and promote e-learning in Universities. 5000 students will acquire subsidized Samsung laptops in this partnership.
Robert Ngeru, Chief Operations Officer Samsung Electronics East Africa says that the deal would enable University students keep up with the rapidly evolving technology landscape while at the same time providing them with efficient tools to nurture the talents while enriching their ICT skills.
Ngeru added that Samsung seeks to address various challenges we face as a country like underdevelopment and infrastructure challenges by implementing effective and sustainable initiatives to empower the youthful talent.
Samsung previously embarked on training of engineers from colleges in Kenya in a CSR project that aimed at empowering electronics engineering students with on-the-job training to increase knowledge transfer of relevant industry technologies while also attaching them in their care centres to assist them go out to the job market with current market skills.
With ICT as one of the Key enablers of economic growth in line with the country’s vision 2030 we have seen significant investments in the ICT sector including fiber connectivity that has seen growth of internet penetration with a year on year growth of up-to 41.1% from 4.3% in the 2012/2013 financial year.
The JKUAT Vice Chancellor Professor Mabel Imbuga welcomes the partnership adding that the University is committed to nurturing innovators and also embracing technology to aid research in learning institutions and such pertnerships go a long way in helping them realize this vision.
“Without a doubt, this partnership will drive our efforts in offering quality ICT-based training as we build the next generation of tech business leaders and entrepreneurs who are cognizant of global technological trend and have vast knowledge of their various areas of study.” the professor added.