Centurion, South Africa. – 23 July 2019. Leading Internet of Things company, IoT.nxt, has entered into a partnership with the University of the Free State (UFS) to support education for Data Science students and drive the development of future leaders in technology and technology innovation.
IoT.nxt is working with the academics of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Agricultural Sciences to guide the development of curricula, and the company’s executives will also guest lecture and share corporate experience about what the latest applications of data science can deliver to business and industry.
“The support of education drives in the field of technology has been a key focus as IoT.nxt expanded and this initiative is the next step of our expanded programme. We have created opportunities for interns shortly after the establishment of IoT.nxt and will now take our project one step further with the UFS partnership,” says Nico Steyn, IoT.nxt CEO.
“Data scientist was listed as the top tech job in the USA last year by Glassdoor, one of the biggest global recruitment websites, for the 3rd consecutive year. We have exceptional, talented young people in South Africa interested in a career in tech. However, there is an industry-wide shortage of qualified people and a growing demand for students to graduate with a qualification suited to what businesses require. Our company, and the vibrant broader technology industry in SA, needs such graduates and through our partnership with UFS will aim to drive interest in this career,” Steyn says.
According to Steyn IoT.nxt selected the UFS for this partnership as it views the university as one of the leading institutions providing education in this field, and to some degree, because many UFS alumni – including co-founders of IoT.nxt – are UFS graduates.
“The partnership with IoT.nxt will open new opportunities for our students and staff, not only to work with one of the most innovative companies in the country but also be exposed to new and creative ways of thinking, all in preparation for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). We also believe the partnership will strengthen our academic program, especially in data science, and prepare our students to be ready for the ever-changing world of technology,” says Dr Eduan Kotzé, Academic Departmental Head of Computer Science and Informatics.
In addition to its ongoing intern programme and the UFS partnership, IoT.nxt also supports the Belgian Campus ITversity in Pretoria and many of the interns who obtained work experience at IoT.nxt are students of this technology focused institution.
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