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Information technology training in developing countries.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Han Reichgelt

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date


Date Issued

January 2002

Date Available

July 2014




It is well known and well documented that there is a severe shortage of information technology professionals around the world. In an approach to address this shortage, Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica have developed a training program to help produce and sustain an information technology workforce in Jamaica. This paper describes the Caribbean Institute of Technology (CIT), a software training institute that was started in Jamaica in 1999. The institute consists of a main centre in Montego Bay and several satellite centres distributed across the island of Jamaica. These centres provide an intense ten month training program for up to 100 Jamaicans at each site every year. The paper describes the organisation of the centres, the curriculum of the program, the co-operative efforts between Furman University and the University of the West Indies, and the future direction of CIT. Although this paper describes a case study within Jamaica, such an institute might well be duplicated in other developing countries.


Citation only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Networking the learner: Computers in education. (pp: 787-794). New York: Springer. Doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-35596-2_79. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.