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A popular Kenyan university, @iLabAfrica–Strathmore University, has announced a partnership with 482.solutions in Odesa, Ukraine, to train students at the university on blockchain solutions development. The training is set to equip students with skills that will distinguish them from others and provide the Kenyan market with highly skilled professionals in blockchain technology. 

Blockchain technology has proven to be the technology for the future with numerous use-cases in several industries, such as entertainment, education, business, health, etc. And with growing interest, the demand for blockchain skills has increased. Many companies are looking to hire individuals who know how to navigate this relatively new technology. Blockchain technology features anonymity, guarantees data safety, and more.

The partnership will benefit the school and the blockchain industry

The partnership was sealed via a virtual signing ceremony. Afterward, the Project Coordinator in the IT Security Department of the university and the Lead of the Blockchain research team, Eunice Maingi, commented on the new development:

“We are looking forward to having our first workshop in May. It will be a virtual workshop, and we will have an option of making it a hybrid course for students who want to attend the course physically @iLabAfrica Strathmore University.”

Mr. Richard Otolo- Manager of the IT security research of @iLabAfrica-Strathmore University, also said:

“After this training, we can see our students engaging in projects that are focused on the industry. There are several challenges that blockchain can address, like fraudulent certificates, title deeds, and other key records that face major threats of fraud and tampering. The training will be a forum to upscale existing techies and to increase the number of professionals who can use this technology to combat the mentioned challenges.”

Counterfeiting and forgery have become a global issue that affects several industries. Ascertaining the authenticity or quality of an asset can be difficult because traditional supply lacks transparency. However, if producers or manufacturers place goods on a blockchain, their origin and trail throughout the entire supply chain can be easily tracked and verified, making it difficult to pass off counterfeit products for genuine ones.

The Strategic Partnership Manager at 482.solutions, Mr. Leonid Khatskevych said: 

“The training will offer theory and practical sessions. The theory will be about blockchain systems in general, cryptography, and bitcoin protocol, while the practical aspect will focus on smart contracts. Students will have an option to choose between creating an Ethereum ERC-721 token or “Voting smart contract. There will also be our demo solution “Woden”, based on Hyperledger Fabric, where students can realize the electronic document workflow and digital voting.”

 “I am happy about this collaboration, and I look forward to the outcomes of this training, which will provide the Kenyan market with highly skilled professionals in blockchain technology. We are also looking at partnerships with government institutions to help them solve local problems by implementing blockchain solutions,” said Dr. Joseph Sevilla- Director @ilabAfrica, Strathmore University.

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