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Geek Girl of The Week, Nosihle Kuboni

Say Hi to IT varsity’s latest GeekGirl of the Week, Nosihle Kuboni from the Office Admin class!

Nosihle Kuboni, from the Office Admin class.

Nosihle Kuboni, from the Office Admin class.

Who are you?

I am Nosihle Kuboni and I am 21 years old. I was born and brought up in Umlazi, S-Section, Durban.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

Office Administration

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I love everything about the office environment and would love to have a career in the corporate world.

Now that you’re almost through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

I feel very happy because I am closer to reaching my goal of graduating.

So, what have you learnt so far in Office Admin?

Microsoft Excel. I also now know to to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and a bit of Microsoft Access.

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes, I would actually like to become a paramedic and maybe study something in the IT field as well.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

For me, the best part about studying at IT varsity is that the lecturers are so friendly and helpful all the time. We always receive individual attention and extra assistance and the lecturers make sure we understand everything when we are studying.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Most probably working in an office environment such as banking or administration.

Keep it up, Nosihle! IT varsity is proud to have you as our GeekGirl of The Week! 🙂

Geek Girl of the Week, Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane

Say hello to IT varsity’s new Geek Girl of The Week, Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane from the Office Administration course.

Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane from the Office Admin course.

Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane from the Office Admin course.

Who are you?

I am Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane and I am 23 years old. I was born in Nongoma, but currently reside in Northdene, Queensburgh.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

Office Administration

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I wanted to excel at learning how to use computers and understanding how to use all Microsoft applications.

Now that you’re almost through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

So happy, because I am closer to reaching my goal and graduating.

So, what are you currently learning in Office Admin?

Microsoft Excel. I also now know to to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and a bit of Microsoft Access.

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes, definitely. I plan on pursuing a degree in Education.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

It is very nice; it is the most comfortable campus ever. Everything about IT varsity is so interesting. The best part about IT varsity is that I get to do more practicals and I feel like I am being trained properly for the workplace.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I see myself being a qualified teacher as well as owning my own internet cafe.

Well done to you, Hlengiwe! IT varsity is proud to have you as our Geek Girl of The Week 🙂

 

Geek Girl of the Week, Jenna Kendel Deeplal

Lets meet IT varsity’s latest Geek Girl of the Week, Jenna Kendel Deeplal from the App Development.

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Who are you?

I am Jenna Kendel Deeplal and I am 18 years old. I was born and brought up in the city of Durban, South Africa.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

App Development

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I wanted to learn something new and I wanted to go into a field where girls don’t usually venture into.

Now that you’re halfway through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

I fell in love with IT. At IT varsity there is no stress when it comes to programming and although we are reaching a crucial point in the year, I feel hopeful that everything will go well.

So, what are you currently learning in App Development?

J Query mobile and Java. I am also learning how to create a database.

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes, I’d like to pursue a degree in Business Informatics  and become an exceptional programmer.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

It has been amazing so far; IT varsity has become like a family to me and a home away from home. Being at IT varsity also taught me to grow and become more of an adult. I have experienced a lot of happy moments that I will always treasure.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I see myself having graduated with a degree and owning my very own company as well as travelling around the world.

Amazing stuff, Jenna! Keep it up always. IT varsity is proud to have YOU as our Geek Girl of the Week 🙂

Geek Girl of the Week, Noluthando Pearl Majola

Meet Pearl Majola, IT varsity’s Geek Girl of the Week from the IT Technical Support class.

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Pearl Majola, Geek Girl of the Week from the IT Technical Support class.

Who are you?

I am Noluthando Pearl Majola and I am 18 years old. I was born in Kwasanti (St Wendowlins), Marianhill.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

IT Technical Support

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I love working with my hands and doing practical things such as fixing computers. Also, I feel that there should be more female IT Technicians in the world and I would like to prove to the world that not only guys can be technicians but girls can too!

Now that you’re halfway through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

I am feeling good about it but a bit nervous because I know that I have to work hard in order to achieve greatness and success. I’m also starting to feel the pressure because of exams and assignments but all in all, I am just loving the vibe of studying.

So, what are you currently learning in IT Technical Support?

We are currently busy with assessments and tests but I have recently been learning how to clean and fix computer components such as the Systems Unit (Tower) as well as the setting up and configuration of the router.

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes, I do plan on furthering my studies next year by studying parttime toward a degree in Information Technology and hopefully to also be doing my internship with an IT company in Durban.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

IT varsity is like a family to me. I always feel at home when I am here. Unlike other campuses, we do things is a different way, where we share our own experiences and we even celebrate every student’s birthday with a party to them feel special. I also get a lot of motivation from the staff of IT varsity and as students, we have each other as a support structure as well.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now? 

Probably working as an IT Technician in a huge IT company and I see myself developing new technology with my own hands. I would also like to have my degree in Information Technology and would be pursuing to do my Honours and Masters in Information Technology.

Well done, Pearl! IT varsity is proud to have you as our Geek Girl of the Week 🙂

 

Woeful lack of women in the African ICT sector

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem

International Women’s Day

 

International Women’s Day was celebrated on 8 March and is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The day is celebrated as a result of the hard work of Suffragettes. The great women campaigned for women’s right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes and celebrates the success of women worldwide. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911.

 

IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

Many international organisations and companies now support International Womens Day by running their own initiatives and supporting outside programmes.

Social Entrepreneur and LinkedIn Influencer Leila Janah wrote a piece to commemorate International Women’s Day. Her powerful sentiments express the ability for women to be leaders in the field of technology.

“When you think of women in technology, who comes to mind? Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg? HP’s Meg Whitman? Google’s Susan Wojcicki?

Yes, me too. But I also think of Martha Kerubo, an orphan from rural Kenya, who recently graduated from high school, acquired some basic technical skills, and is carving out a life for herself through online BPO work. Like those mentioned above, Martha is a bright, determined woman with great inner strength who sees and seizes the potential of technology. While Martha isn’t on Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful, she is a very powerful woman in her own right.”

Google also celebrated the day with another of their famous doodles to show solidarity with the women of the world on the day.

 

Google Doodle for International Women’s Day

 

IT Varsity endorses empowerment of women and promotes equality among students on campus. Many students in our new app dev class are female. The campus is also busy with preparing to launch the Geek Girl Campaign which will encourage more females to get involved in app development and technology.

 

ITNews Africa, a leading tech website, recently interviewed Dr Rebecca Parsons, CTO at ThoughtWorks, to gather insight into the issue of the low number of women in the field of ICT in Africa. She commented that the African ICT context still has a high barrier to entry for talented females. “There is still a woeful lack of women in technology globally and Africa is unfortunately not any better.   Development roles, leadership pipelines and leadership development all need attention.  We need more role models for women in technology.”

While the industry for telecommunications, technology, smart devices, cloud computing and the economy of apps seems to be growing in Africa at a phenomenal rate due to high user adoption, it seems that the industry still lags behind with opportunities for women in the ICT sector.  Skills transfer is not happening quick enough to address the need.

IT Varsity is committed to addressing the need for more women in the field of science and technology. Our student intake for females is an encouraging 40% of all classes combined. With this trend, IT Varsity aims to inspire and empower females of all walks of life and learning to become an integral part of the ICT sector.

New students at IT Varsity Orientation Day 03 March 2014

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IT Varsity will be at CLIPDC

IT Varsity will be at CLIPDC

IT Varsity – South Africa’ s premier lab of IT Learning and Development is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the upcoming Creating and Leveraging Intellectual Property in Developing Countries Conference, right here in Durban in November 17-20.

 

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IT varsity was founded to provide an institution of hardcore learning, solid fun and direct preparation for your journey into the world of work.

In your time with IT Varsity, you will enjoy the ultra geeky and supercool environment of world standard Computer training and development, all aided by wifi, bean-bags, coffee, soft drinks and stepping to the beat of the some funky code. Your IT literacy and engagement with the world of computers and coding, will rocket to new levels. All while we equip you in every aspect to become not just employable, but exceptional!

From work-readiness, to on the job learning, IT varsity is an institution that combines strategic thinking, creative flexibility, individual artistic development and the business of being computer literate, all in one fell swoop.

Mission: IT varsity is to be South Africa’s premier lab of IT Learning and Development

Vision:  IT varsity will provide targeted training and learning and create an environment that leverages South Africa’s National Development plan to promote job creation and skills development.

 

Check out CLIPDC for more information.