In efforts to equip African youth with skills required to take part in the fourth industrial revolution, the Africa Leadership University (ALU) and General Electric have announced the commencement of the 3rd round of the Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP). 

This year, 35 students from the oil & gas, transportation, power, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, telecoms and aviation industries across 8 African countries are ready to participate in the program.

Meanwhile, the training programme has graduated 64 students, of which 50 were fully sponsored by GE from a scholarship fund totaling US Dollars 500,000, in the last two years.

Since its inception in 2018, the program has empowered participants with essential skills for building applications for the Industrial Internet, which enables machine-to-machine communication that results in systems that can collect, analyze, and deliver data in real-time. These features provide significant benefits such as predicting when a device will require maintenance, enhancing logistics management, enhancing quality and optimizing safety.

Speaking about the programme the President & CEO for GE Africa, Farid Fezoua said “As a digital industrial company, it’s exciting to see how over the last two years the AIIP has developed an ecosystem of digital engineers that utilize data science as an enabler for their work across industries.” 

“Our partnership with ALU for the AIIP is a testament of our commitment to developing the next generation of leaders that will drive solutions made in Africa for Africa in this transformative digital age,” he adds.

According to Fred Swaniker, Founder of African Leadership Group, which includes African Leadership Academy, African Leadership University, and ALX. “African Leadership Group is thrilled to be partnering with GE to build a new generation of digital leaders for Africa,” 

“We share GE’s passion for data, and what it can bring to the African continent and the world.”