By Boris Esono Nwenfor
The University of Yaounde 1 will host Cameroon’s first ever Artificial Intelligence Center for learning after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the said University and Cameroon Telecommunications, CAMTEL.
The MOU was signed between the General Manager of the state-owned CAMTEL Judith Yah Sunday and the Rector of the University of Yaounde I Prof. Aurélien Sosso as both parties took the commitment to make the FCFA 1.3 billion projects see the day of light.
The Centre that will be hosted at the National Advanced School of Engineering, Polytech, of the University of Yaounde 1 will provide top notch services for students, trainers, companies as well as other partner organisations.
According to CAMTEL’s GM Judith Yah Sunday, the centre will train one hundred students for a start while 25 percent of the students will benefit from a fully-funded scholarship offered by CAMTEL and its partners and the University of Yaounde I, through Polytech.
According to the agreement, the project will cover the construction of learning infrastructures and the procurement of training equipment. Among other things, the plan will also cover training of trainers, curriculum designs and learners scholarships.
Talking to the press, the CAMTEL GM said the establishment of a training resource aligns with Government’s vision to digitize the economy and development. As part of its digitization process, Government has stipulated a target to multiply the number of direct and indirect jobs by 50 by 2035.
“The intention is to improve the employability of job-seekers through transformative education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills, research, innovation and creativity needs required to nurture the future of the AI sector,” Judith Yah said.
She added that: “We envisage training one hundred at the start. Twenty-five per cent of the pioneer students will benefit from fully-funded scholarships offered by CAMTEL and its partners on the one hand, and the University of Yaounde I, through Polytech, on the other hand.”