A step forward for digitization in Ethiopia, thanks to Wollo University, Tulane University – Centre for Global Health Equity (CGHE), and Microsoft 4Afrika, who have joined forces to launch a new AppFactory Academy in Ethiopia.
In a statement, the various institutions have said the AppFactory will provide selected Wollo University IT graduates, and related computing discipline graduates, with a six-month internship, where they will work on real-world software development projects with senior software engineers.
At the end of each internship, graduates will be able to design, implement and deploy cloud-enabled, mobile and IT solutions in various sectors. At the same time, they will be equipped with critical business skills, empowering them to secure jobs or create their own businesses.
This is the ninth Microsoft AppFactory to be launched in Africa, with eight others in South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda and, recently, Ghana.
This is not the first case in which the digital and technological sphere is visible in the African continent. Interestingly, it is also the case of Nigeria.
To date, over 300 software system developers have graduated from the AppFactories, with 90% of these graduates since placed in jobs, according to Microsoft 4Afrika.
“Across Africa, public and private sector organisations are finding it difficult to recruit capable software engineers,” says Lutz Ziob from Microsoft 4Afrika.
Each year, it will set projects based on different sectors, from healthcare to education, agriculture, air transportation and others.
Dr. Ahmedin Mohammed, Scientific Director at Kombolcha Institute of Technology, Wollo University, says: “Wollo University KIoT is committed to helping the government of Ethiopia achieve its goal of developing a middle-income country by increasing skilled professionals.
The AppFactory Academy will focus on certain sectors each year, to ensure we have a large number of quality graduates in various disciplines, who can innovate and problem-solve for social good and improved livelihoods.”
In its first year, the AppFactory will focus on healthcare, through the partnership with Tulane University – CGHE.