Negotiated and facilitated by the IUGB Foundation, IBM representative Babacar Kane and Professor Saliou Toure, President of the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB)  signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 21, 2018 to implement IBM’s skills academy program for IUGB faculty and students. IBM’s Skills Academy is a training and certification program designed to bridge the skills gap between the University and the market industry.  The Skills Academy program is a free program (US-based universities pay a fee to acquire it) for African universities designed to support students and faculty for certification in key technology modules. These modules prepare students for roles such as big data engineer, artificial intelligence analyst and mobile application administrator. There are 11 possible certifications for both students and faculty. For the students, this training is an amazing resume builder. Additionally, IUGB Faculty now have an important set of academic tools that they did not have before.

The IBM Skills Academy provides students with an educational background for a career in the IT industry, builds local capability according to international standards in new areas and provides an environment for continuous technical updates.  IBM’s Faculty training and the subsequent Faculty training of students will be done while maintaining an academic teaching approach. Also, IUGB students will have 24/7 free access to an on-campus “Educational Private Cloud Environment”, provided by IBM for relevant training materials for the latest technologies on each certification track. Students will also utilize IBM’s “Educational Portal” containing course content, assessment quizzes and certification tests.

We are very excited to acknowledge this groundbreaking technological precedent for IUGB, as IBM’s Skills Academy will benefit IUGB students while acting as a catalyst for entrepreneurship and a new economy.  Please join us in welcoming our new academic partner, IBM!