Samsung Academy for Ekiti State
DEVELOPMENT| Sept. 12, 2012, 4:25 p.m.
Samsung Electronics has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Ekiti State Government, Nigeria, to build a second Engineering Academy in Nigeria, following the first such project launched in Lagos in August. The new academy will open in early 2013.
Through the Engineering Academies, Samsung Electronics Africa supplies information technologies to help develop promising African students into IT experts and provide them with the support needed to secure employment or start their own businesses. The first of these pioneering academies was built in South Africa last year, followed by another in Kenya before the start of the project in Nigeria this year.
Executive Vice President Nam Seong-woo, who leads the IT Solutions Business at Samsung Electronics, met with Governor Kayode Fayemi and state officials from Ekiti at Samsung’s Suwon offices on September 10th. Both parties discussed various cooperation approaches to help develop the education sector in Ekiti, including the opening of Engineering Academies and the adoption of educational IT solutions.
Last year, Samsung Electronics signed a contract committing the company to supply 100,000 units of the NC 215S, a solar-powered netbook, to an educational institute in Ekiti State. The netbook can be used for up to one hour when it is recharged for two hours using solar energy. Through the contract, Samsung is helping to lay a foundation for an improved IT and learning environment for Nigeria’s youth.
Along with the signing of the MOU, Samsung and Ekiti officials also held discussions on the 2013 Education Market Development project, an initiative aiming for the adoption of innovative technology products for the education sector. These include Samsung Smart PCs, debuted at IFA 2012; the 100N, a netbook PC specifically aimed at the education market in developing countries; as well as a number of additional educational applications and solutions.
During their visit to the Suwon business site, the Nigerian officials - including representatives from the health, finance, education, and science & technology departments of Ekiti - demonstrated particular interest in Samsung’s Smart School Solution concept, which Samsung is developing in tandem with educational institutes in Korea and around the world.
As part of the visit, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti visited Samsung Electronics’ Suwon business site and some of Korea’s educational and medical facilities, including the Samsung Delight Hall and the Samsung Medical Center. The governor noted: “The IT revolution currently being led by Samsung is extraordinary. I expect Africa’s youths to learn a great deal thanks to the active support provided by Samsung’s IT Solutions division.”
Executive Vice President Nam Seong-Woo added: “We will supply Samsung notebook PCs as well as independently-developed educational solutions as part of our continual efforts to help consumers in developing countries enjoy the benefits of cutting-edge information technologies.”
MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Dimension Data, Cisco to protect rhino by tracking peopleIn a bid to reduce rhino poaching in South Africa, Dimension Data and Cisco will leverage technology to proactively intervene and stop people entering game reserves illegally. Read More
Global partnership launches programme to save children affected by HIV in LesothoMobile technology will be harnessed to help Lesotho combat the impact of HIV in a new global partnership programme. Read More
Rockefeller Foundation funds nonprofit bringing online business course to AfricaIn May, the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) will offer a unique online course designed to provide practical management expertise in emerging platform business models opening up new opportunities across Africa and the global economy. Read More
Ethiopia gearing up to transform education through technologyMicrosoft and the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia are coming together to transform education, further innovation and develop employability. Read More
Next Einstein Forum launches global call for a new era in science and technology in AfricaThe Next Einstein Forum has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence. Read More
MTN Ghana rewards Heroes of Change for their selfless actsMadam Paulina Opei, Founder of “Save our Lives Orphanage” and a trained nurse was crowned the overall winner of the MTN Heroes of Change Season II at the Accra International Conference Centre. Read More
Egypt to launch digital hub to help Africa better track and control disease outbreaksA new African Health Data and Disease Control Hub will serve as a data, information and communication portal for African citizens, governments and institutions. Read More
MTN Ghana set to collect 1,700 pints of blood for National Blood BankGhanaians from all walks of life trooped to the various MTN’s “Save a Life” campaign blood collection centre across the country to donate their blood to support the National Blood Bank. Read More
Love comes to pupils of Tigo’s Shelter 4 Education ProjectValentine’s Day came early for the pupils and teachers of Obeng Yaw Basic School in Adeiso, and Tupaa MA Basic School in Ga South Municipality. Read More
E-waste collection drive concludes in Côte D’Ivoire with over 70 tonnes collectedThe Ericsson and MTN electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste) collection and awareness drive in Côte D’Ivoire has ended with more than 70 tonnes of e-waste collected. Read More
FEATURED STORYCriticism over Remita borne out of ignorance, says SystemSpecs
The CEO of SystemSpecs, the company behind the revenue-saving Nigerian Single Treasury Account (TSA) system, speaks to Biztechafrica.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.
COMPANY NEWSRSA research reveals blind spots in threat detection
RSA, The Security Division of EMC, has released the results of a new Threat Detection Effectiveness Survey.Networks Unlimited event highlights SimpliVity's new Omnistack Software
Leading data protection focused distributor invites hyperconverged vendor to discuss disaster recovery and data protection.