AI Media Group – curators of AI Expo Africa – will next month participate in the The Industry Immersion Programme (IIP), a joint initiative by business school ESMT Berlin and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).
Launched in 2017, the tuition-free programme prepares mathematically trained African graduates to transition from an academic environment into industry. This year, the IIP serves students at new locations in Kigali, Rwanda and Accra, Ghana, in addition to its original location in Cape Town, South Africa. Due to COVID-19, teaching moved to a blended format, with students following online seminars from their respective campuses accompanied by local work readiness and skills programmes.
The IIP is an important contribution to sustainable industrial development and new job opportunities in Africa, which is particularly relevant in the face of the current economic crisis. Due to their heavy reliance on the export of raw materials, many African economies suffer greatly from the current global recession and shrinking demand.
Nick Bradshaw, co-founder and CEO of AI Media Group, is part of a panel on Tech and Telecoms that will take place on 06 July on Zoom. The panel, which also includes Herman Chinery-Hesse, CEO and founder of SoftTribe and Ikechuku Kalu, founder and CEO of IyconSoft, will be hosted by AIIP executive co-founder Mark Heerden.
Bradshaw said, “AI Expo Africa wants to build bridges between industry, academia and partner communities like AIMS. We see an ever growing need to integrate academic programmes, R&D and industry. Young innovators and researchers can learn a lot from industry communities and visa versa – especially in the fast moving 4IR / Data Science driven economy. There is a massive shortage of talent in this sector and programmes like The Industry Immersion Programme (IIP) can really help serve as an excellent stepping stone in your career development”.
The event will also feature a separate panel on Retail and Economics, as well as one on Startups. While the IIP had seen around 25 participants each year previously, the current three intakes have 45 students altogether – 15 at each location – with 53 percent of them being female. Over the course of two months, the students attend courses on topics such as general management, data analytics, and entrepreneurial strategy.
The online units, delivered via ESMT’s digital learning platform The Hub, are accompanied by live video lectures and class discussions. In addition, the students follow a comprehensive industry-linked skills development programme delivered by the AIMS teams on the ground. The academic module is followed by a three to six-month internship with industry partners in Africa, including renowned German companies such as Siemens, B. Braun, and Bosch.
The first three years of the IIP have been successful. Of the 78 alumni, 80 percent gained employment in industry and ten percent a position in academia after programme completion. The pilot programme is supported with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). https://www.nexteinstein.org/aims-esmt-industry-immersion-program/
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate training, research and outreach in mathematical sciences. Founded in 2003, AIMS currently has centres in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon and Tanzania. https://aims.ac.za/
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