Samsung and Walter Sisulu University to launch Samsung Innovation Campus to contribute to SA’s youth employment and 4IR agenda. | So Good News
Samsung and Walter Sisulu University to launch Samsung Innovation Campus to contribute to SA’s youth employment and 4IR agenda.
Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and Samsung South Africa recently launched the WSU-Samsung Innovation Campus to boost youth employment in the technology sector. WSU and Samsung supported this partnership through the Center for Entrepreneurial Acceleration Incubator (CfERI) to train the WSU student community in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills. As it is the WSU norm to partner with various organizations, through the Directorate of Short Learning Programs (DSLP), WSU entered into this strategic partnership with Samsung.
At WSU, Dr. Tobekani Lose says, “This partnership is the result of various agreements, a sealed deal, and a signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) between WSU and Samsung. This WSU-Samsung Innovation Campus is one of its kind in South Africa and is a flagship partnership with Samsung to contribute to the national imperative of creating employable students who are ready for work.
An initial cohort of 21 students has been recruited to launch the programme, which focuses on young university students and aims to develop their 4IR skills and empower them as future technology entrepreneurs. The WSU-Samsung Innovation Campus will provide basic coding and programming education during the first year of this agreement.
Samsung believes that young people are the leaders of the future. Although the future is full of challenges and uncertainties, education allows young people to realize their full potential and prepare themselves to move forward with confidence. Aware of the importance of education, Samsung works to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to create a better world. Through its global Samsung Innovation Campus initiative, Samsung is committed to empowering tomorrow’s leaders and equipping them with the tools they need to drive meaningful change.
Hlubi Shivanda, Director: Business Operations & Innovation & Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa says: At Samsung, we believe that every young person deserves a quality education, regardless of background, gender, ability or personal circumstances. Over the years, through partnerships like the WSU-Samsung Innovation Campus, we’ve enabled many young people to slowly but steadily contribute to positive change in their communities and the nation’s economy at large. That’s why this partnership with WSU is no different – our commitment to empowering youth and contributing to the country’s 4IR and employment goals remains.”