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University of Mauritius develops Breast Cancer Awareness App with support from Oracle

Over 1,000 users benefit from cancer prevention service running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

 ORACLE and the University of Mauritius(UoM) on Friday announced the successful completion of a three-year skills development programme that has trained more than 1,000 UoM students in the latest cloud computing technologies. As part of the programme the student entrepreneurs ofOracle Student Ambassador Club used Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and Oracle NoSQL Database technologies to successfully develop a mobile application for breast cancer awareness. This application and further innovation efforts of the student entrepreneurs will be supported via Oracle for Startups programme. The application (ioSAndroid) helps individuals perform a self examination by providing them information and demonstration videos thus also supporting a nationwide early cancer screening and detection program.

‘Information technology has been identified as a key economic pillar by the Government of Mauritius, and the availability of a highly skilled IT talent pool is vital for us to achieve this objective. Our collaboration with Oracle has helped prepare students for a rewarding career in the country’s fast growing IT industry,’ said Professor Sanjeev Kumar Sobhee Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academia) / Ag. Vice-Chancellor , University of Mauritius. ‘The development of the breast cancer awareness application using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure technology is a great testament to the success of the programme.’

The application developed by the students already has over 1,000 active users. A ceremony attended by Mrs Kalpana Devi Koonjooh-Shah, Minister of Gender Equality and Family Welfare and Deepak Balgobin, Minister of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation, was recently organised to formally launch the application and mark the completion of the training program.

 ‘At Oracle, we are fully committed to preparing the next-generation Mauritian workforce for the digital economy, which is powered by cloud-led digital technologies like AI, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT). Our collaboration with the University of Mauritius aims to build a technological and innovation mindset among the new entrepreneurs and future business leaders of Mauritius,’ said Dr. Avinash Ramtohul, Managing Director, Oracle Mauritius.


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