IBM has entered into an agreement with the University of Ghana to provide support for new approaches to education, research and development as well as the use of technologies such as cloud computing and business analytics. The partnership is designed to enhance Ghana’s ability to effectively extract and manage its oil and gas resources.
The agreement was signed by Dr Mark Dean, vice president and IBM fellow, and professor Ernest Aryeetey, vice chancellor, University of Ghana in Accra. One of their first collaborative efforts is to establish and develop various educational programs and curriculum to strengthen skills in information technology and improve access to education, especially in the country’s most remote areas.
“This agreement underscores IBM’s commitment to Ghana and the importance of information technology in the country’s development,” said Joe Mensah, country general manager of IBM Ghana. “By leveraging cutting edge technologies, the University of Ghana has a real opportunity to develop in key areas, such as education, research and development, which can play a key role in increasing Ghana’s competitiveness in a global economy.”
The partnership comes in conjunction with IBM’s Celebration of Service, a movement that aims to involve 300,000 employees around the world-nearly three quarters of its global workforce-with more than 5,000 volunteer projects in 120 countries. IBM opened a subsidiary office in Ghana in 2010 as part of its expansion initiative across the African continent.