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September 30, 2013

ICT Academy in Significant Trouble

The ICT Academy she will remain a utopia? As the Daily Challenge recently announced to date no entry was recorded by potential students to this institution.

The train employees at the request of businesses in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) ICT Academy aims. However, there are many operators already have their own in-house training facility. "This is necessary because there is a significant gap between the training provided in public universities (UoM and UTM) and expectations of companies," says Will we in the industry. Complaint is that these universities do not update in technology taught. Thus forming the graduates according to their internal needs, companies are turning not to the ICT Academy.

"At Extension Interactive, we also organize open trainengs other companies as the technology for Symfony which we are a specialist. We bring in foreign experts for training, because it is expected that the universities take the initiative, it would take three or four years behind our foreign competitors, "says Lawrence Montaigne, director of the company Extension Interactive.

Some operators in the sector also point to the risk of duplication raised by the Ministry of Finance. Indeed, it would have asked about the interest of the ICT Academy University while public and private tertiary education institutions already provide training in ICT. But professionals expect benefits complementarity with ICT Academy which should help to bridge the gap between the skills of graduates and the needs of the industry.

Moreover, due to funding problems, the project has deviated from its original model. "However, because it was announced, it was necessary to launch the ICT Academy even if it no longer resembles what was originally expected," says a trader. "We can not offer courses of six months so that we have more advanced equivalents in the private sector. Bids do not meet the needs of companies that lower interest on the part of operators. "

In addition, professionals believe that there are private universities such as the University of the Mascarene that rely more on the expectations of the industry, unlike the UoM or UTM, even if an effort opening in the latter was noted. "The industry is dynamic and request international trade daily. Some technologies are not exploited in Mauritius. It should also pay attention to the lack of experience of some trainers, causing gaps in monitoring developments. It should be more open to consultants who have practical experience to complement the theory part of the teachers, "says an entrepreneur.

Some operators believe the ICT sector and downstream, there is a lack of information and therefore a lack of interest among young people for these jobs. Professionals and advocate awareness campaigns among college students on careers and benefits in the field of ICT.

 

Text by Patrice Donzelot, Defi Media
 

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