The information and communication technology industry was grappling with matching what is taught at universities and the needs of the industry,says the ICT chief at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Pearl Munthali.
Munthali was speaking on the key factors for a successful information communications and technology (ICT) industry at the Central University of Technology recently.
“The quality of education taught by universities and colleges is excellent and that is not the problem. The struggle is matching what is taught at these institutions with the ICT needs of industry.
“Young graduates grapple with the practical implementation of ICT,” said Munthali.
She said in order to bridge the gap between industry and academia, companies should intercede the degree cycle instead of waiting for graduates to be churned out by the institutions.
“Through a process of case studies developed and designed by the industry, based on real time problems or scenarios, a far better calibre of graduates who market ready can be produced.”
Munthali said the lack of mentorship across the industry could be the reason why women are absent at top levels of organisational structures.
“We should nurture our girl children, as they are the key drivers of economic development.”
She recently launched an organisation called African Women in ICT, which aims to support women who find themselves in the male dominated environment.
The university launched a regional IT hub in partnership with the provincial government three years ago.