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IBM opens first Software Centre for students


IBM opens first Software Centre for students

Stellenbosch University and IBM are collaborating to help meet the shortage of Computer Science skills in South Africa.

The joint academic initiative will provide equipment and training resources to postgraduate Computer Science students, helping them develop much needed technical skills.

The first-of-its-kind centre of excellence in South Africa includes a postgraduate computer laboratory in the SU Computer Science Division, with advanced software including the Rational development environment which will provide a fully-fledged software production environment for students to hone their skills.


The opening function was attended by BScHons in Computer Science students Ryno Fourie (left) and Mkhululi Buzwa (right), along with Prof Willem Visser (head of the Stellenbosch University Division of Computer Science), Mr Sean McLean of IBM University Relations, and Prof Eugene Cloete, dean of the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Science.Photo: Engela Duvenage

The Centre will significantly boost the training and support of computer science professionals at the University. Students will also benefit from an ongoing training and development programme offered by IBM.

Today’s digital-savvy consumers are driving companies to re-engineer their business models. New products are expected to integrate into our lives, work in more personal ways, and adapt to our individual needs. In response to these dynamic buyer behaviors, companies are accelerating innovation in the embedded software that makes products smarter, and in the back-end software services connecting these products.

Stellenbosch University in collaboration with IBM is addressing the need for students to build strong software development skills.
IBM is already supporting similar centres at other colleges and universities worldwide, including Nigeria and India, to develop graduates with business and technology skills.

For more info visit:
* IBM’s university programs or
* Division of Computer Sciences, Stellenbosch University Department of Mathematical Sciences (including Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science)

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