SAP, MICT SETA join forces to address ICT high-level knowledge, skills shortages in Africa
Software giant SAP and MICT SETA announced their partnership for the advancement of human capital in information and communication technology (ICT) in South Africa, during a signing ceremony, where MICT SETA committed R10 million over a period of four years towards the placement of PhD and Masters candidates in SAP Research Internet Application and Services Africa.
"The MICT SETA is proud to be the key contributor towards the acceleration of ICT skills in the sector. This funding is but part of our mandate to accelerate critical and scarce skills through programmes such as the Advanced Human Capital Development Programme. In committing R10 million towards this initiative, we are helping to fast-track high-level skills in the ICT sector and help reduce scarcity of such specialised human capital knowledge," comments Oupa Mopaki, CEO of MICT SETA.
Danie Kok, Head of SAP Research Internet Application and Services Africa, commented: "We are extremely pleased with our partnership with MICT SETA. We look forward to a very successful Advanced Human Capital Development Programme – which with the support from SETA and DST will grow the number of PhD and Masters candidates in SAP Research Africa to 23. Our partnership not only promotes South Africa's participation in global competitive research programmes, but contributes to the development of the National System of Innovation by producing highly qualified PhD and Masters graduates with practical research experience to this system. We are extremely excited to do great things in South Africa with SETA by our side."
"The dearth of PHDs in ICT in our country cannot go unaddressed. As a SETA we have a responsibility to addressing skills needs at entry level, intermediary level as well as high level. This MOU is one way in which we address this problem. We look forward to a lasting and mutually beneficial working relationship on this project with a leading company such as SAP," concluded the CEO of MICT SETA.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device - SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 176 000 customers (includes customers from the acquisition of Sybase) to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
MICT SETA is the Media, Advertising, Information and Communication technologies Sector Training Authority, whose core mandate is to accelerate skills in the media, advertising, information and communication technologies sector through mandatory and discretionary grants disbursed to employers and training providers for skills programmes, learnerships, internships and bursaries. The MICT SETA seeks to be recognised as the leader in the development of a highly skilled knowledge-based information society. Its mission is to generate, facilitate and accelerate the processes of quality skills development at all levels in the MICT Sector.
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