Microsoft ADC Upskills University Lecturers in Kenya

A group of university lecturers from different universities recently completed an intensive teaching and research program organized by the Microsoft Africa Development Centre. The main aim of this program was to enhance the classroom experiences and learning of students. The 12-week program provided faculty members with the latest technological advancements, keeping them up-to-date with the ever-changing tech landscape.

The program used a mix of classroom learning and practical training to give instructors a better grasp of industry requirements. This, in turn, inspired them to improve their curriculums to align with the needs of the technology industry.

[L-R] Irene Githinji, Education Engagements Lead, Microsoft Africa Development Center, Victor Muriithi, Multimedia University Computer Technologist and Mercy Wairimu Gachoka, Kabarak University IT Lecturer/Data Scientist during the graduation ceremony.

During the graduation ceremony, Catherine Muraga, the Managing Director of Microsoft ADC, highlighted the significance of hands-on experience in helping instructors deliver better learning outcomes to students. She explained that the program was designed to develop faculty skills in teaching and research while identifying best practices to implement in their classrooms.

The training covered various essential areas in technology, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and software engineering. It focused on the most recent trends and advancements in the tech industry to keep the faculty at the forefront of innovation.

Dr. Paula Musava, an Assistant Professor at USIU Africa, expressed how valuable the program has been in expanding their horizons as instructors. She believes it will enable them to provide exceptional education and mentorship to their students, preparing them for success in the rapidly evolving tech industry.

The Microsoft ADC will continue supporting faculty by assisting with curriculum development and providing guest lecturers for teaching courses. They also plan to create communities of practice where faculty with similar interests can collaborate and learn from one another. Additionally, the center will offer mentoring and coaching through peer observations, feedback sessions, and constructive discussions.

The ADC is delighted to see the first cohort of faculty graduates from this advanced training program. Their commitment lies in enhancing the technology education system to better equip students for industry roles and future innovations. They strive to foster an environment of continuous learning among their staff and partners to ensure consistent growth and development.

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