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NIIT announces 20th national scholarship in Nigeria

NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent development, on Tuesday announced the 20th National Scholarship, to reward and encourage meritorious students in Nigeria who are desirous of building successful careers in Industry 4.0 technology.

A statement from the firm on Tuesday said “this year’s annual scholarship test will be held on Saturday, 13th July 2019, across the country.”

“Industry 4.0 is the vision of transforming industrial production of the future, which makes it possible to automate, gather, analyze and exchange data across machines, enabling faster, flexible, and more efficient decisions making process by using IOT, R & ML, Python & ML, AI, BI, Block Chain etc.

“According to the Future of Jobs Report (World Economic Forum), jobs in digital technology will grow from 17% in 2018 to 33% in 2022.

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“Estimates have indicated that 75 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines, while 133 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms.

“This demonstrates a huge requirement of skilled employees for futuristic industry 4.0 job roles,” the statement reads in part.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Tickoo, Head, International Education Business – Emerging Markets, NIIT Ltd said: “The major drivers of transformation, currently affecting global industries, are expected to have a significant impact ranging from job creation to job displacement, from heightened labour productivity to widening skills gaps.

“With new job roles emerging in the country, students trained in futuristic industry 4.0 technologies can meaningfully contribute to the growth of the country and thus carve a successful career for themselves.

“To accomplish this, we have introduced futuristic cutting-edge programmes for Nigerian students to train them for the jobs of future.”

It noted that NIIT has introduced scholarships for cutting-edge programmes in Industry 4.0 technologies like Internet of Thing (IoT), Machine Learning (ML) with R & Python, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Business Intelligence (BI), Data Analytics, Big Data, diginxt MMS-Full Stack Developer and Digital Marketing, among other programmes, to enable Nigerians acquire needed skills for the futuristic industry 4.0 technologies.

“These programmes have been introduced by NIIT with a profound understanding of the changing job roles which are powering the digital economy,” it added.

It will be recalled that since its inception in 1999, more than 100,000 students have benefitted from the NIIT Scholarships.

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