4 August 2017

International week (Smart Farming)

International week (Smart Farming) The integration of ICT and agriculture started with the subtle use of satellite images. Now the growing popularity of drones has virtually put the control of Geo-positioning systems in the hands of farmers. The use of drones has optimized area usage and increased land usage. Although revolutionary, this does not begin to encompass the many probabilities that ICT can initiate in agriculture. With sufficient research and understanding of the farming society’s needs we can design numerous ways to improve land usage; control water usage and monitor crop protection. These are just some of the elements that will have an enormous impact on the profitability of the farming market. Also, should this initiative reach its estimated highs; it will help deliver productive and sustainable agricultural production as well as simplify farmers’ decision-making and management. At Belgium Campus, we have already articulated our commitment to improving lives in rural areas. Although not specifically designed to simplify farming- our students’ Solmon solar invention has simplified a lot of lives in rural communities by providing them with solar energy. This invention allows us to remotely monitor the system via the internet and system parameters sent to the monitoring station. To further explore the vast possibilities of Smart farming in South Africa; for our second International week, which commenced on 8 May and ended 12 May 2017– Our students and their international counterparts presented their possible solutions to existing problems and for yet-to-be-identified problems. All these solutions will be based on specifications prescribed by the South African Agricultural community. The agricultural industry is amongst the most traditional trade in history. But as characteristic of the concept of evolution, we need to constantly progress ourselves and consequently, many cultural norms have to be reinvented throughout time. This truth about evolution provides the playing field for innovative minds, more especially in a field as broad as IT. We thank the PennState University from the USA, Pennsylvania for allowing their students the opportunity to explore the South African agricultural landscape with us. Such social experiments advance our aspirations and solidify our stance as a premier ICT institution in South Africa. Tap to select the previous period Next

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IBM and Infor courses at Belgium Campus

IBM and Infor courses at Belgium Campus Belgium Campus has partnerships with various ICT corporations. These organizations allow our students leverage when entering the job market. Also, with the aid of these interactions, we are able to provide a unique learning experience; this further endorses our unparalleled 100% graduate employment rate. Our collaborations with industry leaders present us with many opportunities that add to the improvement of our students’ education. IBM and Infor are some of the companies with whom we partner. This collaboration ensures that the Belgium Campus learning experience provides technical advancements and that we are aligned with industry needs. Both these companies will conduct training for our students, from 18 to 22 September 2017. The training will be on the latest technologies and developments spearheaded by IBM and Infor respectively. Our 2nd and 3rd-year students will be attending training on the following IBM courses: Mobile Development; Computer Security; Big Data and; Business Intelligence. As well as these Infor courses: Mongoose application development framework (Mongoose 10) and Infor CloudSuite Industrial (Syteline). These courses are predominantly designed for IT graduates. Yet our relationship with the two companies allows current students to attend this training. Belgium Campus as an educational institution is motivated to not only grant our students with qualifications. We believe that the right education and relevant collaborations are some of the necessary tools in developing coveted professionals. The IBM and Infor training in September will be aligned to next generation technologies and will provide the students with valuable skills that will springboard their careers. Through relationships such as these; we are able to validate our commitment to awarding students with opportunities that clearly define their roles as future ICT pioneers.

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