NTI and VMware sign MoU to develop ICT skills in Egypt

NTI and VMware collaborate to equip the next generation of IT professionals with skills

Ahmed El Saadi and Prof Iman Ashour signing ceremony

Ahmed El Saadi and Prof Iman Ashour signing ceremony

VMware and Egypt’s National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish NTI as the VMware IT Academy regional lead for the Middle East and Africa. The initiative will help train the next generation of ICT instructors and university students, helping organizations in Egypt digitally transform and embrace a future based on a software-defined infrastructure approach.

As the regional lead, NTI will train instructors and provide technical support to other institutions that are members of the VMware IT Academy Program, helping to increase access to this type of education and training. The aim is to empower Egypt’s young and fast-growing population, including undergraduates and fresh graduates, with the skills required to help the country on its digital transformation journey.

The VMware IT Academy supports Egypt’s ambitious ICT 2030 strategy, which aims to develop the communications sector and maximize ICT’s contribution to the economic growth of the country. The academy will also bolster Egypt’s position as a regional ICT hub. Indeed, Egypt’s ICT sector achieved growth of between 15% and 18% during the first three quarters of the fiscal year 2018-2019 and is expected to account for 5% of GDP by the end of the fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

VMware IT Academy and NTI plan to create a scalable model for continuous education in VMware technologies, to be delivered by organizations that include academic institutions, not-for-profits and government entities.

NTI, which is an affiliate of Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, will work with VMware IT Academy to expand the knowledge and technical capacity of students and instructors at organizations that take part in the program, equipping them with the technical skills needed to succeed in the digital economy.

Prof. Iman Ashour, Director, NTI, said: “As ICT continues to grow in importance as a pillar of Egypt’s economy, it is vital that the IT professionals of tomorrow have a deep understanding of technologies that will help to deliver digital transformation across Egypt and the region. That’s why the VMware IT Academy is so important not just for the ICT sector, but also the wider economy and society. Moreover, as a burgeoning hub for ICT, Egypt is also positioned to export ICT skills to the African continent.”

Ahmed El Saadi, Country Manager - Egypt, North Africa and Levant at VMware, said: “NTI has strong ICT education and knowledge in Egypt for several decades and is an ideal collaboration partner to help develop the VMware IT Academy, which will nurture talent and assist in bringing the full the benefits of digital technology, including virtualisation, cloud computing, AI and IoT, to Egypt. We’re excited to help support Egypt’s ICT goals by helping students and IT professionals expand their knowledge of VMware solutions.”

VMware has significant experience of expanding ICT knowledge in Egypt through partner programs and recent initiatives such as its collaboration with Egypt’s Information Technology Institute (ITI), an affiliate of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). The collaboration between ITI and VMware, which was signed in April, will support Egyptian ICT students with professional training to bridge the gap between academic studies and the skills needed in today’s competitive job market and to empower local ICT talent and expertise.

About National Telecommunication Institute (NTI)

The National Telecommunication Institute (NTI), which is part of Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, is a scientific, educational and research institution founded in 1983 with the mandate of becoming the center of excellence for telecommunication education, training, research and development and consultancy services. It is devoted to developing ICT skills for the development of the ICT sector.

About VMware

VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to customers globally, aided by an extensive ecosystem of partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough innovations to its global impact. For more information, please visit https://www.vmware.com/company.html.

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