Microsoft Africa Development Centre Upskills University Lecturers in AI and Latest Tech Trends

The Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) is back with the second edition of its Faculty Skilling Programme! This initiative empowers university lecturers across Kenya to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving tech industry.

Building on the success of the first cohort, this year’s program goes beyond just keeping faculty up-to-date. It equips them with in-depth software development training, dives into cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), and explores the latest industry trends – all with a focus on practical applications.

“The Microsoft Faculty Skilling Programme goes beyond traditional boundaries,” said Catherine Muraga, the Microsoft ADC Managing Director. “We’re empowering faculty with advanced knowledge and skills to not just stay current, but to lead the charge in shaping the educational landscape of tomorrow.”

This leadership focus is evident in the program’s inclusion of “Teaching with AI.” This innovative module equips lecturers with the tools and methodologies to integrate AI into their curriculum, enhancing the learning experience for students.

“The integration of AI into the curriculum is critical,” Ms. Muraga continued. “It sets the ground for students to build a strong understanding of AI and develop tools relevant to African contexts. We’re working towards a future where African tech academia actively contributes to the global landscape.”

Microsoft Africa Development Centre

The program is a collaboration between Microsoft ADC and Microsoft Leap. Lecturers will benefit from a curriculum specifically designed and delivered by Microsoft Leap instructors and ADC engineers.

“We are excited to partner with ADC on this second cohort,” said Yolanda Natal-Santos, Microsoft Leap’s Senior Business Program Manager. “The program’s value for universities and students is undeniable. We remain committed to supporting changemakers in Africa and elevating our collective impact.”

The value of the program is echoed by Dr. Lawrence Nderu, a participant from the first cohort and Chairman of the Computer Sciences department at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

“The program is an invaluable investment,” Dr. Nderu said. “Interaction with industry professionals who are building cutting-edge tech provides incredible insights. This allows us to enrich our classrooms and integrate AI-powered teaching methods, ensuring we stay at the forefront of education.”

This year’s cohort welcomes lecturers from Zetech University, Kabarak University, Multimedia University of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, St Paul’s University, Strathmore University, United States International University-Africa, Dedan Kimathi University, and Meru University. A total of 24 lecturers are participating in this second edition.

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