Strathmore University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TechnoCademy, a Gold partner of Oracle a Multinational Corporate Organization with mutual interests in the fields of data, technology, media, quality and ethical journalism as key in solving information management.
This Collaboration is in bid to set up Africa’s Largest Open Data Source center. The Data center will be hosted by Strathmore University’s Africa Media Hub; will make use of highly efficient, cost – effective green energy driven systems.
The MoU signing was presided over by Prof. John Odhiambo, Vice Chancellor Strathmore University. He affirmed the objectives and expectations of the partnership in accelerating research accessibility, data access, predictive analytics mapping among other functionalities, “we are grateful of our partnership with Oracle in establishing this data center that will reform the access and consumption of data. We are looking forward to increasing our capacity in training more Data Scientists and in strengthening our research work. Being one of the pacesetters of this revolution is not only befitting but also necessary,” said Dr. John Odhiambo.
The Strathmore University’s Africa Media Hub in collaboration with TechnoCademy and Oracle will provide cloud services and data analytics capability for the Kenyan and Africa Data Ecosystem. The hub will further integrate a data lab that will provide space for idealisation and co-creation of data-driven solutions that address real problems in the public sector. The hub will partner with line ministries, County Governments and the Kenya National Bureaus of Statistics. In response to the milestones achieved so far, Rosemary Okello, Director Africa Media Hub acknowledged the significant role of both local and international partners in the success of the project.
Mr. Pascal Giraud, Senior Director of Technology Presales for Europe, Middle East and Africa Oracle gave the following remarks in response to the newly established collaboration, “Oracle’s foundation has been heavily pegged on the realisation that Data is the future, and that access to information is as crucial as basic human rights. The challenge is that we have voluminous of data that is unconsolidated. The answer to this is to make value of the data that is in existence. We are here to establish tools that will facilitate value creation of the data at hand. This is certainly a good opportunity for Kenya and for Africa as well.”
Speaking during a–stakeholders briefing of the partnership, Dr. George Njenga, Dean Strathmore Business School shared the following remarks, “Data is the future of private sector businesses, the future for good policy in both public and private entities and the platform for multi-disciplinarily collaboration across spheres in Healthcare, Agriculture, and among other disciplines,” he said.
Rosy Baker ISV Cloud Manager, acknowledged the advancements of the country in being on the fore front of innovation and adoption of technological services and platforms. “Kenya has been very receptive to technological platforms such as the could platform. Kenya is certainly Africa’s Silicon Savanna.”
Concluding the session, Ms. Christine Tantuo, Executive Director, TechnoCademy (Oracle’s Gold Partner) spoke of the involvement of the University’s faculty members in being equal players of the partnership and the success of the project at large, “the partnership with Strathmore and Oracle is one of the grand steps in ensuring that Data becomes a driver of the economy. Getting current and updated data is a struggle for everyone in Africa and I foresee Oracle’s Cloud Services enabling us to solve these challenges. There is confidence in using cloud services and I am excited that Oracle is one of the partners who have believed in our mission and we count on their support to ensure that the project becomes successful. We will be working with the various members of the faculty team to ensure that we are able to address your data needs and that you derive value from it.”
About the Africa Media Hub
The Africa Media Hub (AMH) (formerly Center for Business Journalism) was set up in January 2017 under the context that Africa’s future is linked to an improvement in democratic governance and economic growth with vibrant Civil Society, Private Sector, Informed media and public engagement. That media reporting on economics and finance utilizes highly technical terms that disconcert with communities outside the finance realm; and people’s participation is a critical element in opening economic and business opportunities. And now the oft-used “Data Revolution especially on issues such as the Sustainable Development calls for new rules, data standards, new roles, new alliances, breaking old barriers and a new language to make Africa realize its potential.
Established under the Strathmore Institute for Public Policy and Governance (SIPPG), the AMH will enable experienced journalists and communication experts to carry in-depth reporting and investigation, data analysis and experts coverage of critical issues related to business and the global economy using data visualization. Click here to read more