Atlanta-based INDULSA LLC is one of five partners in three countries that have joined together to form the Caribbean Institute of Technology (CIT) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, to develop the island into an offshore center for computer programming.
Beginning in January, CIT will provide training and education in software design and computer programming and will offer professional development education for Jamaican information technology workers and managers.
Warren Moore, who formerly taught at Georgia State University and was the worldwide director for training and instructional design at KPMG Peat Marwick in New York, will manage the program.
We basically will be offering hope to the people of Jamaica by providing better paying, high-tech jobs, James Ram, INDULSA’s president, told GlobalFax last week in a telephone interview from his office in Buckhead.
According to Mr. Ram, the concept for CIT grew out of the need in the U.S. for computer programmers and the large number of job opportunities in the information technology industry.
He is joined in the enterprise by Furman University in Greenville, S.C.; HEART, a Jamaican government agency; the Institute of Business of the University of West Indies in Jamaica and IDC Hertfordshire in the U.K., a partnership made up of U.K. Government and educational organizations including the University of Hertforshire.
A ceremony announcing the establishment of CIT will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Furman University. Phillip Paulwell, Jamaica’s Minister of Commerce and Technology, and Burchell Whiteman, the Minister of Education, will be attending the event. Atlantans interested in conducting business in Jamaica specifically or in the Caribbean are welcome to attend the event.
Mr. Ram said CIT’s courses would be accredited both in the U.S. and Europe, providing Jamaica a competitive advantage against other offshore centers, such as India, where many of the programmers do not have the dual accreditation.
He added that CIT’s primary programming curriculum would focus on client/server programming using the languages C++, Visual Basic and Java. Additional special program courses will be designed for database programming using Oracle in a Unix environment and World Wide Web site programming using HTML, Dynamic HTML and Java applets.
To learn more about CIT and the event at Furman, Mr. Ram may be reached by calling (404) 842-9498; fax, (404) 842-9312.