Empowering tomorrow’s engineers: Oracle Academy introduces Primavera P6 to young engineers, earns an IEEE Kenya honor

December 15, 2023 | 4 minute read
Jane Richardson
Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA
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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), recognized as the professional home for the engineering and technology community worldwide, stands at the forefront of bringing together engineers, scientists, and technologists to advance technology for the betterment of humanity. In this spirit of innovation and collaboration, Oracle Academy has played a pivotal role in supporting IEEE Kenya's mission by actively participating in key events and programs, fostering knowledge exchange and technological advancement.

Noteworthy engagements include:


IEEE SPS Africa Forum and Kenya Students and YP Congress

IEEE Kenya organized a pre-conference forum preceding the IEEE AFRICON 2023. This event, focused on innovation and career development, catered to students and young professionals. Oracle Kenya actively participated in the forum, hosted on September 19, 2023, at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.

Oracle’s engagement included a roundtable discussion on ‘navigating innovation and career development in the modern age’ and involvement as judges for innovative student projects that were showcased at the end of the forum.

Oracle Kenya’s Data Science and Analytics Tech Lead, Sammy Ongaya, and Oracle Academy Program Manager, Lorna Juma, contributed insights on career advancements and tools for innovation such as Oracle APEX, a cloud-based, low-code development platform that enables students to build scalable, world-class, secure enterprise applications that can be deployed anywhere. The event served as a platform for knowledge exchange and inspiration for the young engineers and technologists.


IEEE Technical University of Kenya Students Symposium

Oracle Academy actively contributed to the IEEE Technical University of Kenya Students Symposium, demonstrating dedication to supporting academic initiatives and the growth of young talent in Kenya.

Sheila Chomba and Cynthia Jepkemei, under Oracle Kenya’s internship program led by the Oracle Kenya – PDTP Program Manager, Joy Muchina, contributed to the panel discussion ‘Digital Transformative Initiatives: Building a Sustainable Tech Future for Undergraduate Students’ and urged the students to take advantage of the Oracle Academy certification preparation resources and learning pathways to industry certifications for a competitive edge in the job market.


IEEE Young Professionals Mentorship in Academia, Industry and Entrepreneurship

Engaging with IEEE Young Scientists and Engineers, Oracle Academy Program Manager Lorna Juma provided insights on Oracle Primavera P6 software and the Oracle Academy project management academic curriculum, enhancing the professional development of IEEE Kenya student members in project management and Primavera P6 proficiency. Primavera P6 also facilitates collaboration among team members, a crucial aspect of engineering projects. Students can learn how to use the software to foster effective communication and teamwork, skills that are essential in real-world engineering environments.

Throughout the forums, Esther Muchiri, the chairperson of the IEEE Kenya section, continuously encouraged the upcoming engineers and computer scientists to embark on a journey of growth and success with the mantra TA–DA, meaning Think! Ask! Decide! Act! She encouraged them to Think about your goals, Ask for guidance, Decide on the skills to acquire, and Act with determination. The mantra serves as a guide for students to stay ahead, thrive, and excel in their chosen fields by continually investing in the latest industry-relevant skills.


In acknowledgment of the substantial contributions made by Oracle Academy, the IEEE Kenya leadership recently took the opportunity to present an honor to Oracle, which was received by Oracle Kenya’s Country Director, David Bunei. The gesture serves as a recognition of Oracle’s notable impact and commitment to advancing technology in Kenya through educational initiatives. In attendance was Stephen Okwiri, IEEE Kenya Section Secretary, and IEEE Signal Processing Society Africa Initiative Lead, and Dennis Cherogony, Chairperson, Microwave Theory & Technology Society.

Okwiri stated, “This honor reflects a shared vision where industry leaders like Oracle actively contribute to shaping the future by supporting educational programs that empower individuals with the skills and knowledge needed in the ever-evolving technological landscape.”

One area of interest for IEEE Kenya is the Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software aligned with Oracle Academy’s Professional Project Management Fundamentals curriculum, for its student congress to advance their knowledge and skills in the latest cutting-edge tools. This curriculum is offered to higher education faculty teaching construction or civil engineering project management. Renowned for its value in industry applications, Primavera P6 has proven instrumental in effective project management and execution. The ready-to-use course and software provides educators with resources to teach students skills with hands-on practice in planning, budgets, resources, scheduling, and program and risk management in the project management gold standard.

“Primavera P6 holds significant importance for engineering students as it is a powerful project management tool widely utilized in the engineering and construction industries. Proficiency in Primavera P6 can set engineering students apart in the job market. It is a gateway for engineering students to develop practical skills, align with industry standards, and enhance their readiness for successful careers in project management within the dynamic field of engineering,” said Bunei. “Employers often seek candidates with practical skills in project management tools, and having experience with Primavera P6 can be a valuable asset in advancing careers.”

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Jane Richardson

Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA

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