To better support equity and opportunity in higher education across the globe, Google has announced the expansion of Google Cloud research, teaching, and learning credits to eight countries in Africa: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia. With the recent additions of five countries in Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific, this brings its global community to 60 countries.
“We also recently committed to investing $1 billion dollars in Africa over the next five years, from improving connectivity to investing in startups. These new developments are part of our ongoing efforts to make cloud technologies available to more people everywhere– and to drive more discoveries faster. With access to cloud technologies, researchers can make more breakthroughs and students can learn new technical skills to prepare them for the future.”
Felix Manoharan, Head of Strategy for Higher Education and Research, Google Cloud EMEA
The University of Ghana (UG) has already deployed Google Cloud’s integrated infrastructure for several key projects. Since 2010, they have used Google Workspace for Education to provide email addresses to all students and faculty. This has helped expand teaching and learning opportunities there, especially as the global pandemic minimized in-person contact.
“Educational Institutions with low budgetary support are able to benefit from high value IT infrastructure resources which otherwise would have been virtually impossible to deploy and manage. With Google applications, my IT team can offload a significant burden to Google so we can focus on other sectors that need attention.”
Francis Kwabena Boachie, Chief Information Technology Officer, UG’s Computing Systems
Google has already helped 6 million Africans get the digital skills they need to grow their careers and businesses. We’ve also trained 80,000 developers from every country in Africa. With Google Cloud credits, students, faculty, and researchers have access to best-in-class solutions for their workloads.