24 varsity tutors graduate from Microsoft’s AI project

(L-R) Irene Githinji, Program Manager, Education Engagements at Microsoft Africa Development Centre ,Caroline Njenga, Program Business Manager, Microsoft Leap, Peter Muturi, Computer Science Lecturer, Multimedia University of Kenya, and Anne Muchiri, Computer Science Lecturer, St Paul's University, at the graduation ceremony of Cohort 2 of Microsoft ADC’s faculty upskilling and immersion programme.

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Some 24 lecturers from Kenyan universities have completed an artificial intelligence (AI) training programme by the Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC).

The 12-week programme, developed and delivered in partnership with Microsoft Leap trainers, benefited lecturers from Zetech University, Kabarak University, Multimedia University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, St Paul's University, Strathmore University, United States International University, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and Meru University.

"We are delighted that all 24 lecturers who began the programme have graduated because it aims to improve faculty skills in teaching and research, as the world seeks to do more with the power of artificial intelligence. The programme's impact can be felt in lecturers' classrooms, universities, and beyond by fostering collaboration and innovation," Irene Githinji, Education Engagements lead at Microsoft ADC said.

AI technology allows computers and machines to simulate human intelligence and problem-solving tasks. The technology can be applied to many sectors and industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and the military.

“Through the programme, we have learned what the industry is looking for. It has allowed us to see that we might not have been preparing students adequately for the current market needs. It has shown us that we need to work with AI to enhance our productivity as lecturers and that of our students, rather than look at it as competition. Through the training, we’ve seen 21st-century learning design that can incorporate technology to teach within the technology industry and beyond,” said Peter Muturi, a programming lecturer at Multimedia University.

In addition to learning about AI and software engineering principles, the programme emphasised a project-based learning approach aimed at building creative skills to tackle difficult or ill-structured problems, usually in small teams.

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