Thirty-Five students from 8 countries across Africa will benefit from the third cohort of the Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP) multi-million-dollar fund aimed at equipping young Africans with skills needed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
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35 African students to benefit from $500,000 digital fund

Thirty-Five students from 8 countries across Africa will benefit from the third cohort of the Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP) multi-million-dollar fund aimed at equipping young Africans with skills needed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The beneficiaries are drawn from the oil and gas, transportation, power, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, telecoms and aviation industries.

Over the last two years, the rigorous training programme has graduated 64 students from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Botswana, of which 50 were fully sponsored by GE from a scholarship fund totalling $500,000.

Launched in 2018, the program has empowered participants with essential skills for building applications for the Industrial Internet, which enables machine-to-machine communication that results in systems that can collect, analyze, and deliver data in real-time.

These features provide significant benefits such as predicting when a device will require maintenance, enhancing logistics management, enhancing the quality and optimizing safety.

“As a digital industrial company, it is exciting to see how over the last two years the AIIP has developed an ecosystem of digital engineers that utilize data science as an enabler for their work across industries, developing solutions for the most pressing challenges.

“Our partnership with ALU for the AIIP is a testament of our commitment to developing the next generation of leaders that will drive solutions made in Africa for Africa in this transformative digital age,” said Farid Fezoua President and CEO for GE Africa.

“Our partnership with ALU for the AIIP is a testament of our commitment to developing the next generation of leaders that will drive solutions made in Africa for Africa in this transformative digital age.”

“African Leadership Group is thrilled to be partnering with GE to build a new generation of digital leaders for Africa,” said Fred Swaniker, Founder of African Leadership Group, which includes African Leadership Academy, African Leadership University, and ALX.

“We share GE’s passion for data, and what it can bring to the African continent and the world.”

BY ODINDO AYIEKO