Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has announced that it has collaborated with Red Hat to create the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Red Hat Academy. Red Hat Academy is an open source, web-deployed and web-managed education program that is designed to provide turnkey curriculum materials to academic institutions to start and sustain an open source and Linux curriculum program.
JKUAT’s mission is to offer accessible quality training, research, innovation and entrepreneurship in order to produce leaders in the fields of Agriculture, Engineering, Technology, Enterprise Development, Built Environment, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and other Applied Sciences to suit the needs of a dynamic world. As a University of Technology, JKUAT has been keen and committed to establishing strategic University-industry collaborations, which are beneficial to her students, staff and the country at large. The Red Hat Academy program is going to be implemented through integrating the Red Hat content into existing course units.
Red Hat Academy turns academic institutions into centers for enterprise-ready talent by outfitting them with Red Hat training. For more than a decade, Red Hat Academy has supplied high schools and institutions of higher education worldwide that have the required technology and support environments, with hands-on instruction, curriculum, labs, performance-based testing, and instructor support. Red Hat Academy’s web-based curriculum helps create competencies through hands-on, performance-based learning and testing.
With the rapid development of new technology, none of us alone can fully understand the forces of information and communications technology (ICT), but we can work together between countries, governments and industries. By adhering to the Red Hat Academy’s course offerings JKUAT will help build a stronger ICT ecosystem through promoting ICT skills and capacity through the program in Kenya thus helping students fill the gaps between theory and practice and master the required skills. Additionally, this collaboration will allow JKUAT to continue delivering state of the art training and developing student talent with practical skills for the ICT industry and the community.
“We’re pleased to have Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology join us in this growing Red Hat Academy Program,” said Tariq Fazal, director, global learning services, Red Hat. “We work closely with a variety of educational institutions to help students learn about Red Hat technologies and solutions and establish in-demand open source skills. We look forward to continued collaboration with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology as a member of Red Hat’s training and certification ecosystem.”
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