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NIIT to offer Software Entrepreneurship program along with University of Nigeria Nsukka

- NIIT enters into an alliance with University of Nigeria Nsukka to train its students

Nigeria, July 15, 2009: NIIT Ltd, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer has entered into an alliance with ‘University of Nigeria Nsukka’ to offer Software Entrepreneurship program to its students.
The module is based on Java technologies and will implement Capstone project which will cover case studies on various sectors like hospitals, hotels and schools. The Software Entrepreneurship program to be offered through online mode of NIIT Element K is meant for graduates who aspire to become entrepreneurs in the developing IT industry in Nigeria.
Designed for a period of 12 months, the program is aimed at providing students with practical knowledge of software business and acquainting them with the phases of entrepreneurship for start-up companies. The course also includes mentoring of business plans.
Speaking on the alliance, Mr. G. Raghavan, President, Individual Learning Solutions, NIIT Ltd. said, “For entrepreneurs to succeed in the software sector it requires combination of technical skills and entrepreneurial know-how. With the launch of this course NIIT aims at producing successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria to serve the global IT industry. This course will provide students with additional knowledge and tools to develop successful and sustainable ventures.”
Speaking on the association, Dr. Chris Bolu, Director for ICT and Innovation, University of Nigeria Nsukka said, “We are very happy to tie-up with NIIT for this course. We believe that this course will create immense opportunities for entrepreneurship as many young students aspiring to be entrepreneurs in the IT industry are deprived of the know-how. We are confident that the course will provide them with adequate knowledge and the right guidance for setting up their enterprise.”
The course will cover fundamentals of Programming, fundamentals of Programming using Java, Java 5: Advance Programming and Java 5: Enterprise Programming.
Students pursuing this course will also have an access to the vast learning resources include IT courses, business courses with realistic business simulations addressing and supporting the diverse job functions within organizations. Learners will be able to obtain certification exams in various IT fields via from Brainbench, which is a leading provider of computer-based knowledge certifications.
Recently NIIT and CII, India's apex industry body had entered into an agreement to help create ICT infrastructure and foster International Software Talent in the African continent. As part of this capacity building and skill development endeavour, NIIT and CII will share high quality education resources from India and involve other appropriate players from the Indian industry to help Africa develop human capital for the global IT industry. NIIT will provide relevant IT curricula in line with international IT trends, and content for IT, soft skills and entrepreneurship for training in Universities and Colleges in Africa. CII on the other hand will facilitate internship with the Indian industry.
NIIT ventured into the African continent over a decade ago by setting up its first IT education centre in Botswana in 1997. For nearly a decade now, NIIT has been involved in creation of skilled ICT manpower in the continent and has trained nearly several thousands of students till date.
About University of Nigeria Nsukka
The objectives of the University of Nigeria have their roots in spirit and philosophy. The University is thus committed to a philosophy that provides for the broadcasting of higher education whereby it can be fully equipped to offer courses in such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and industry without excluding the classics, the arts, and the sciences. The aim is to promote general and practical education in Nigerian communities as a whole.
The University is co-educational. It aims at enabling male and female students to engage together in academic, vocational, and extra-curricula activities in developing their personalities to the higher levels of human experience in an atmosphere where young men and women can grow individually, academically, and professionally through the dignity of labour, sacrifice, and self-determination. This democratic concept of higher education will bear its fruits in the intellectual and social progress of the nation. Keenly aware of the necessity to establish and maintain standards, the University of Nigeria is concerned with the qualifications of its prospective students. Thus, this institution accepts young men and women on the basis of their ability to undertake university education. It will stake its reputation and its future upon the range and depth of knowledge with which its students leave its environs as graduates.

About NIIT 
NIIT Limited, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions to over 5 million students across 40 countries.
Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the ‘Top IT Training Company’ award successively for the past 15 years, since the inception of this category. Rated among India’s Business Super brands 2008, NIIT’s Individual Learning Business offerings include industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT - GNIIT, Engineers and Global Net Plus for IT professionals.
NIIT has provided computer-based learning to over 12,000 government and private schools. The futuristic NIIT eGuru range for schools is a holistic education package that comprises of Interactive Classrooms (an embedded Teaching Learning Material, that uses elements of interactivity, automation and web links library); Math lab (technology tools that enable school students to learn and explore mathematical concepts); IT Wizard (equips the students with core computer knowledge and IT skills); and Quick School (an Education Resource Planning solution for School Management).
For working professionals, NIIT Imperia, Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Management Education Programs in association with Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, IMT Ghaziabad and IIFT Delhi.
NIIT Institute of Finance Banking & Insurance (IFBI), formed by NIIT with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs for individuals and corporate in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance.
NIIT Uniqua, Centre for Process Excellence, addresses the increasing demand for skilled workers in the business and technology services industry by providing training programs in relevant areas. This is a part of NIIT Institute of Process Excellence, a NIIT-Genpact venture.
NIIT’s Corporate Learning Solutions, offers integrated learning solutions (including strategic consulting, learning design, content development, delivery, technology, assessment and learning management) to Fortune 500 companies, Universities, Technology companies, Training corporations and Publishing houses.
NIIT delivers a tailored combination of catalog learning products, technology and services through Element K offerings. These include: lab®: hands-on labs, instructor-led courseware, comprehensive e-reference libraries, technical journals, and Knowledge Hub™: hosted learning management platform. This makes NIIT the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide.
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