(InsiderLouisville.com) Naguib Attia, vice president of global university programs at IBM, announced a unique partnership with the University of Louisville this week to create an IBM Skills Academy on Campus. The meeting was attended by university, federal, state and city leaders at the UofL’s Miller Information Technology Center. Attia introduced the creation of an IBM Skills Academy on campus.
Attia said the partnership with UofL is the first of its kind for IBM in North America and is modeled on similar efforts in Africa, where governments have learned that they cannot develop their nations if they do not train their people. Classes will begin this fall in some of eight key areas: artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, data science, cybersecurity, design thinking, quantum computing and the Internet of Things.
UofL President Neeli Bendapudi called the new academy a “game changer” and said it would allow the community to bridge the digital divide that exists between the country’s heartland and coasts.