Mumbi Monica Makau

Mumbi Monica Makau

Master of Service-Oriented Computing student

How can cloud computing be used in primary school education? That’s the interesting topic Mumbi Monica Makau is exploring through her Master of Service-Oriented Computing.

“My research project is on creating effective learning environments through cloud computing adoption in primary schools. I believe the study will help the education sector, students, parents and researchers understand the importance and some of the success factors in creating such learning environments at the grassroot level.”

The use of cloud computing in primary schools could also encourage more girls to consider careers in computing and technology, Monica says.

“I believe students start envisioning their ideal careers at the tender age of 10. My country, Kenya, is actively championing IT initiatives that encourage women to get involved in science, technology, engineering or mathematics for the country’s economic, technological and social growth. I would be humbled to be at the forefront of creating equal opportunities for young women, especially in rural or poor areas.”

Balancing business and technology
Monica became interested in service-oriented computing while working in the finance industry.

“With my previous employer, a bank in Kenya, I had the opportunity to do job shadowing in business analysis to understand the user requirements for a project aimed at improving the banking system. I loved it so much I began searching for a course that balances business and technical perspectives. I decided on AUT’s Master of Service-Oriented Computing.”

Her advice for other students is to set your fears aside.

“The lecturers will walk with you throughout the journey. I wouldn’t have caught up with the current industry practices and technologies on my own. And the way the lecturers covered cloud computing was simply amazing.”

Encouragement and support
AUT students have access to a wide range of services and support, Monica says.

“The support from the lecturers, peers, AUT student support services and the AUT Library has been encouraging, especially after a long break from study.

“There are so many opportunities, for example attending career expos and workshops, which have been critical for setting up my networks and identifying my choice of IT career. The student services team has also given me valuable advice on how to find part-time work, despite not having New Zealand experience,” says Monica who has been working as a teaching assistant and summer research assistant in addition to her studies.

Last updated: 17-Jul-2017 1.57pm

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