IBM Corp. has launched a mentoring program for college students in Africa. The project, called Makocha Minds, using the Swahili word for “teachers,” puts 250 of IBM’s top researchers in regular contact with engineering, math and computing students at universities in 10 sub-Saharan countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, Botswana, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria. The participants chat mainly by e-mail or phone, but in-person meetings could happen eventually. The students usually want general guidance on becoming successful or pursuing advanced degrees.

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