Frequently Asked Questions

Africa Industrial Internet Programme



What is AIIP?

AIIP is the Africa Industrial Internet Programme, a year-long programme developed by the African Leadership University (ALU) with support and sponsorship from General Electric (GE). The Industrial Internet is the digital transformation in industrial companies brought about by the convergence of application development, industrial big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning enabled by the cloud. This digital transformation creates a skills gap which the AIIP plans to solve by developing digital industrial engineers who will build applications on the cloud that unlock the power of industrial big data and predictive analytics to improve operational efficiency, cut costs and increase revenue for their businesses.

Who is AIIP for?

AIIP is for individuals looking to pioneer innovations in the industrial internet, enhance their skills and advance their careers by learning how to take full advantage of industrial big data to influence the bottom line of their business.

How many participants will be accepted into the programme?

The programme is expecting to enroll up to 75 participants.

What is the expected programme start date?

The programme will start in January 2019.

How long is the programme?

AAIIP is a very rigorous one year long program that focuses heavily on projects and the development of practical skills such that participants can apply their skills to their work directly as they progress.

Where will the in-person intensives be held?

The in-person intensives will be held at GE Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.



Is the AIIP a full-time programme?

The AIIP is designed to enable professionals to seamlessly continue working as they learn. For this reason, most of the learning content is delivered online through a personalized self-paced approach coupled with engaging 3-5 day in-person intensives to consolidate learning.

Is there an exam to clear at the end of the programme?

The AIIP is designed using a project-based approach where participants get to apply their learning in real-world contexts. There will be regular assessments in each module culminating with a final project where participants will be tasked with applying their learning to solve an existing problem either in their business or in a partner organization’s business operations.

How many modules are included and what are the names?

AIIP includes 7 modules as seen below:

  1. Prerequisites: Python Coding and Statistical Reasoning
  2. Data Analytics and Visualisation
  3. Machine Learning
  4. Big Data
  5. Innovation and Intrapreneurship
  6. Industrial Application Development
  7. Digital for Industries



How do I apply to the AIIP?

 You can apply to the AIIP during the open application period. Applications for 2019 are now closed. 

Is there an application checklist?

Please see the application components below:

  • Personal Information
  • Education History
  • Work Experience
  • 2 Motivational Essays
  • Supporting Documents (Transcript(s) and CV)
  • Optional: references or other self-selected material to support application

What is the deadline of my application?

The round one application deadline is September 30, 2018 and the round two deadline is October 31st, 2018.

We encourage you to apply early to secure a seat in the programme. We strongly recommend applying in the 1st Round if you wish to secure a GE scholarship

When will I find out if I have been admitted?

Admission decisions will be issued on a rolling basis. You can expect to receive a decision within a month of your application round deadline.

What is the eligibility criteria to enroll for AIIP?

Participants are required to:

Have a quantitative background/ An engineering/software development background is preferred.

Other desired attributes include:

      1. Being recent graduates or professionals in the following industries: Oil and Gas, Power generation and distribution, Manufacturing, Transportation
      2. Have basic business acumen particularly in engaging clients
      3. Familiarity with Python coding is a plus; not mandatory
      4. Strong analytical and statistical reasoning skills
      5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
      6. Demonstrated intent or plans to champion digital change in their organisation

What is the minimum academic grade required to apply for this programme?

There is no minimum academic grade required. Your academic credentials is one of several components which will be considered in reviewing your application.

Do I need to be an engineer to apply for this programme?

No, you do not need to be an engineer to apply for AIIP. However, a quantitative background is required given the modules are focused on application of skills like analytics and application development through a project-based learning approach.



How much does the programme cost?

The total cost of tuition for the programme is US$ 9,000. This includes access to all online content, learning materials, virtual laboratories and real-time support. It also covers all in-person sessions held at GE’s Innovation Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It does not cover cost of transport to, or accommodation during the in-person sessions.

How is the payment plan structured?

The payment plan is structured as below


Installment NoAmount (US$)Due Date
Deposit25015 October, 2018 – Round 1

15 November 2018 – Round 2

1st installment125031 January 2019
2nd installment250031 March 2019
3rd installment250031 May 2019
4th installment250031 August 2019

Do you provide scholarships?

We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships sponsored by GE. This is only for applicants who are GE employees across Africa.

For applicants in the Electricity sector in Africa, we have full and partial scholarships sponsored by E-guide Initiative.

If interested in applying for either scholarship, please specify in your application. The AIIP review team will award these on a rolling basis, so early applicants are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee.



What institution will offer the AIIP certification programme?

The AIIP is offered by the African Leadership University in collaboration with General Electric

What kinds of jobs can I do after completing this programme?

The AIIP will equip you to work in any data-rich environment across industries and enable you to add value by developing a data-driven decision making approach to business operations. Post-AIIP, you can continue working focused on specific verticals in analytics, industrial IoT, or further your studies in machine learning or application development on the cloud. The intrapreneurship skills will prepare you to lead innovation across functions such as asset maintenance, and plant operations that will impact the bottom line of your business.

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