Silicon Valley School of Software Engineering opens in Joburg

Silicon Valley-based school of software engineering Holberton School is about to open a new campus in Johannesburg.

Holberton School South Africa will welcome its first pupils on January 24. Based in Johannesburg, the school aims to produce highly qualified software engineers to meet the growing demand for IT skills in the country.

In a press release, the school indicates that around thirty students are expected for the first cohort, which will follow a 12-month program.

With three cohorts per year, starting in January, May, and September, the school says it “offers a fast-paced, high-quality computer science and software engineering program for anyone looking to learn or improve their engineering skills. software”.

A recent study by the Joburg Center for Software Engineering at Wits University, in partnership with the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa, shows that significant digital skills gaps persist in South Africa, as organizations are battling to fill tens of thousands of vacancies.

Holberton students will acquire, throughout their training, the skills required for the jobs of today and tomorrow; namely, blockchain, full-stack web development, machine learning and artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, the school explains.

Holberton School South Africa is partnering with Singular Systems to offer full scholarships to the first 20 students at its new school.

“South Africa is one of Africa’s most dynamic countries when it comes to technology and innovation,” says Thulani Ntuli, Principal of Holberton School South Africa.

“Today, more than 80% of local businesses are turning to artificial intelligence to automate their processes. But the lack of highly skilled tech talent is preventing them from advancing as fast as they need to. The creation of our school is a response to this problem.

Co-founded in Silicon Valley in 2016 by CEO Julien Barbier, Holberton School claims to have enrolled more than 3,000 students worldwide on more than 30 campuses on five continents: America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

The new campus in South Africa will be the third in Africa after Tunisia, inaugurated in 2017, and Egypt, in 2021.

“South Africa is an important step for the development of Holberton School in Africa. We are delighted with the success our graduates have had since launching our first school in Africa. 100% of the first graduates of Holberton Schools in Africa have found employment, both in local and foreign companies,” says Barbier.

According to the school, in the face of technological changes in the business world, and marked by a constant need to digitize processes and tools, African companies still lack qualified computer engineers, but they are full of promising young people and talented.

He points out that the opening of Holberton School South Africa is another important step for Holberton – the company behind the Holberton School network and the operating system of its educational toolkit – towards its goal of training 500,000 African students by 2030.

Gordon K. Morehouse