Nokia partners with Ethiopian varsities to promote digital skills

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Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Association (MOA) with the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU) and the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) to provide high-level technical skills to students in line with rapidly changing market needs in the ICT sector.

The collaboration is in line with the Ethiopian government’s objective of using ICT as an enabler of overall socio-economic transformation. As part of the agreement, Nokia will work with the two universities to provide tailored training and coaching programs while also sharing the latest technical and business practices in the ICT sector in line with global developments and market demands.

The collaboration will support the students in acquiring the right competencies and the necessary skills to succeed in a fast-changing labor market. Furthermore, a special emphasis will be put on providing equal opportunities to female students.

Speaking after signing the MoU, Daniel Jaeger -Head of Central East and West Africa Market Unit at Nokia- insisted that the agreement will gift students in the varsities with necessary skills to operate innovative ICT technologies.

“We are excited to support the universities in Ethiopia in their objectives to play a leading role in setting standards in the quality of engineering education, research, innovation and business incubation. We look forward to helping students acquire the necessary skills in the latest technologies, such as 5G, cloud computing and data analytics,” Mr. Jaeger explained.

On his part, Dereje Engida (PhD.) – the President of AASTU- insisted that the training from Nokia will prepare graduates for the ever changing employment sector.

 “We are committed to providing world-class education to our students. Collaboration with Nokia is a crucial initiative in this regard and will allow us to impart the latest technical education and introduce them to global best practices and trends and prepare them for the job market. We are delighted to collaborate with Nokia to expand our teaching capabilities and help build the skills to take Ethiopia forward,” Dr. Engida said.

Similarly, Dr. Esayas Gebreyohannes, the Scientific Director at AAiT, underscored that the partnership with Nokia will allow graduates to grow their digital skills by capitalizing on lessons provided by a world leader in the ICT sector.

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