MKU Signs MoU to Launch VMware IT Academy
Mount Kenya University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo on Thursday August 15, 2019 hosted Mr. Thomas MacKay the Sr. Director, Global Strategic Programs; Worldwide Readiness, Assessment, Certification, & Enablement (WWRACE) accompanied by Ms. Everline Wangu Kamau-Migwi, the Channel Lead – East Africa and Virtualize Africa Program Manager, in his office. The Vice-Chancellor during that occasion also presided-over the signing of the MOU between Mount Kenya University and VMware, Inc.
The MOU allows the university to mount the VMware IT Academy. The VMware IT Academy
program is a global network of approved colleges and universities that provide students access to high quality educational content, certification potential, and experience with VMware
technologies used by 97% of the Fortune Global 500 companies and 500,000+ customers world-wide.
Prof. Stanley W. Waudo applauded the fact that the VMware IT Academy is available to Mount Kenya University Students, staff and MKU Almuni who will enjoy the training at no cost. Mount Kenya University has meet all the requirements from VMware Inc., to launch the IT academy, and from September 2019 trainings will begin.
In his own words Mr. Thomas MacKay said “This is the first university I have toured in Kenya and am impressed by the efforts put in place by MKU to ensure a successful VMware IT Academy.” The academy will enable MKU in building knowledge and skills enabling the workforce of the future. The main benefits in becoming a VMware IT academy is access to free courses and faculty resources, free software licenses for academic use, certification vouchers, Online and offline materials enabling learning and teaching to mention but a few.
Ms. Everline Wangu Kamau-Migwi the Channel Lead – East Africa and Virtualize Africa Program Manager described the five steps to develop expert level trainees as;
- Explore- Introduction to Virtualization
- Fundamentals- History and Applications of Virtualization
- Intermediate- vSphere: Install, Configure and Manage
- Advanced- vSphere: Optimize and Scale
- Expert- Business Critical Applications.
Each step prepares the audience for certifications; VMware Acclaim Badge, VCA-DBT certification, vSphere Foundation certification, VCP-DCV certification, TBD respectively.
VMware certifications open the door to career opportunities at the world's top companies; 100% of the Fortune 100 are running VMware virtualization technologies! Virtualization is home to one of the largest skills gaps in IT, meaning there are currently more virtualization job openings than skilled and certified technicians to fill them. VMware certifications validate the skills and knowledge needed to effectively install, deploy, manage and support VMware's products and solutions.
VMware certifications are available in the two key virtualization areas: Datacenter Virtualization and Desktop Virtualization. VMware offers three certifications within each domain, based on the certificate-holder's skill level and specific technical competencies.
In conclusion the Deputy Director MIS Mr. Geoffrey Kuria confirmed that for a student, staff and alumni to enroll for the VMware IT Academy they will only be required to have a corporate MKU email account given for free to enable them access the learning materials, software and certifications.
During this same occasion, the two VMware representatives confirmed that, they shall explore possibilities of partnering with MKU’s Graduate Enterprise Academy (GEA) and possibly support the digital peer-mentoring and professional-mentoring interactive website which is under construction by Kipacha Technologies, a GEA beneficiary.