Technology company, Intel will now work with Namibia’s International University of Management (IUM) for at least 8 000 students to access high-quality content on their computing devices.
Launching the programme, Vice Chancellor Mrs Virginia Namwandi and Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Earle Taylor, said they were “extremely excited” that IUM’s students will have access to modern technology, including entrepreneurship content, to better equip them for their lives both in and outside the university.
Namwandi said skills development was high on the agenda in Namibia, and the collaboration will play an important role in growing young entrepreneurs.
“Skills shortages are the main hindrance in sustainable economic growth,” she said, adding that access to technology would significantly boost IUM students become the business leaders of tomorrow.
The newly-launched programme offers students the choice of four computing devices, with free access to Intel’s Easy Steps programme, a basic technology literacy and entrepreneurship education program for students.
Easy Steps offers simple instructions in how to use email, research and access information on the Internet.
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Joao Fidalgo, Business Development Manager for Intel in the SADC region, said computer literacy is a key 21st century skill that enables enhanced social and economic self-sufficiency.
“In today’s connected world, technology can not only help you communicate, connect, and create: it can enhance your personal relationships and bring you new business opportunities,” said Fidalgo.
Easy Steps is offered around the world. In Africa, Intel Easy Steps is being implemented in more than 70 Community Technology Centres to drive entrepreneurship.
The agreement with the IUM marks the first time Easy Steps has been made available through a University in Africa.