6th December 2023 4:38 pm
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Samsung brings its IT skills development drive to Lesotho

  • Samsung South Africa is launching an innovation campus at the Lerotholi Polytechnic institution in Maseru, Lesotho.
  • The innovation campus will allow students to develop their IT skills through programmes like coding and IoT.
  • Recently Samsung opened another innovation campus at the Walter Sisulu University in East London, South Africa.

Over the years Samsung South Africa has solidified its market foothold in the region with a variety of moves to improve access to education, especially in the IT space.

The Samsung Innovation Campus programme was launched in South Africa earlier in 2022, the programme has already taken form in two South African tertiary institutions, with a campus recently established at the Walter Sisulu University in East London last month.

With a low-volume and high-impact approach, courses offered by Samsung’s innovation centres include “Coding and Programming”, “Internet of Things (IoT)” and “Big Data”.

Today Samsung announced that it would be opening another innovation campus, this time at Lesotho’s Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP) vocational institute.

The creation of the centre follows the formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between LP and Samsung South Africa in a bid to boost youth employment in the country’s technology sector.

According to the announcement, the main aim of this innovation campus is to coach the Maseru-based institution’s student community on Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills and also prepare them for their possible careers as entrepreneurs in technology.

“This strategic partnership is exactly what our institution needs at this time. It is also a much-welcome opportunity for our students as it will give them the necessary skills to make a meaningful contribution in the technology-driven revolution the global community finds itself in right now,” enthused LP’s Rector, Prof Spirit Tlali.

Samsung says it is committed to empowering the youth with the tools they will need to drive and effect meaningful change.

“The Samsung Innovation Campus aims to provide an opportunity to deserving youth from under-served communities to gain skills that combine future core technology capabilities with soft skills and job preparation. We are confident that the programme will open many doors for the beneficiaries and that our partnership with the institution will continue to grow as it empowers the youth,” explained Hlubi Shivanda, pictured in the cover image, director: Business Operations and Innovation and Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa.

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Luis Monzon

Luis Monzon

Journalist. Covering education, AAA gaming and consumer tech. Reach me at Luis@htxt.co.za.

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