By | April 22, 2022

Reasons to be Proud – #R2bP: Jean Greyling, Associate Professor in the Department of Computing Sciences at Mandela University, has been awarded the 2021 Distinguished Service in ICT Award.

This national award is made jointly by EngineerIT magazine and the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) and recognises a significant, career length contribution to the ICT profession and/or the ICT Industry. Jean received the award in recognition of the excellent work he is doing in promoting programming and IT careers among school children, specifically using the TANKS project.

Since the launch of TANKS in November 2017, coding boot camps have been presented to tens of thousands of learners across South Africa, as well as in Zambia, Kenya and Norway.

Professor Greyling was also invited to UNESCO’s flagship Mobile Learning Week in Paris, where TANKS was one of 60 innovations to be showcased.

He was the IITPSA Eastern Cape 2019 IT Personality and is widely recognized for his outstanding contributions to school and university ICT education in the Eastern Cape and nationally.