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Date: 10 Aug, 2018
Source: The Barbados Advocate

Bitt Inc has completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus), with the aim of bolstering computer studies and highlighting the opportunities that exist within the FinTech industry.

“As a home-grown FinTech company with global reach and impact, Bitt hires a range of professionals with foundations in computer studies. The majority of our talent pool is local and have benefited from our international collaborations. Current students need to be aware of the opportunities for career development that can be birthed from innovation – and we’d like to bring specific awareness to the options available within the FinTech industry,” said Rawdon Adams, Bitt CEO.

To the benefit of students, the MOU contains provisions for internships with Bitt Inc across all departments of the Wildey-based entity. This takes effect on a limited basis from Semester One and expands into a full roll-out of internships by December. Students can also look forward to guest lectures on campus.

The Bitt team will also be providing mentorship, be engaged in volunteerism and contribute to the curriculum development. The team is also eager to forge deeper relations with the relevant student associations on campus and the Computer Science Society.

The Department of Computing is home to about 589 undergraduate students and 76 postgraduate students. As of 2015 the department had produced over 1145 Bachelor’s degree holders and over 186 graduates with M.Sc., M.Phil. and PhD degrees.

As part of its publicly communicated vision, the Department is committed to delivering high quality taught programmes that prepare students to compete in a global marketplace for computing expertise.

“We believe that the best way to prepare students for the rapidly changing world of computing is to give them the skills and knowledge that enables them to readily adapt to these changes,” the statement said.