Becoming tech savvy
Egypt’s Information Technology Institute helps upskill people from over the continent
AS PART of the Union of African Journalists programme in Cairo, Egypt, journalists attending the course visited several media organisations in the city.
Among them was the Smart Village, home to various technological companies in the country.
The Information Technology Institute was formed in 1993 and has six main branches, with two based in Cairo.
The institute specialises in training people to become tech savvy.
“We were reached out to by different countries in Africa to contribute in training their students. We want our students to work after they finish their training and know the technology trends of markets that are not mature yet,” said Fatma Alashmawi, a business development executive at the institute.
The specialisations changed depending on what trends were forming in the world of technology. The last few years have seen development around the Suez Canal, so the institute investigated the technologies that would be needed.
“The kind of demands that companies ask from students of different specialisations is how we focus our training. We have saturation in software assurance testing and development and lesser at IoT (Internet of Things) application development because it is a new trend as the market is not mature enough,” said Alashmawi.
The popular nine-month development programme at the institute has 32 specialisations with 10000 applicants every year, and 900 of those get
Journalists from Namibia, Senegal, Lesotho, Botswana and Zimbabwe took a tour around an the Information Technology Institute in the Smart Village in Cairo, Egypt. Below: Fatma Alashmawi is the business development executive at the popular institute.