Ashesi Computer Science major, Kobla Nyomi, has recently been selected to participate in Google’s Software Engineering Programme at the company's office in Zurich, Switzerland. Kobla was one of only three applicants selected from across Africa to participate in the program.

Kobla was invited to apply for the position after placing in the finals of Google CodeJam Africa, an online programming competition held in spring 2010. Kobla will spend his summer break at Google’s Engineering Centre in Switzerland working with the Africa Development Team on projects for Google’s African user base.

Kobla, after learning the news that he was selected, stated, “I am thrilled and overwhelmed. I look forward to the opportunity of joining the Google team. I hope I can contribute to their important work and help improve products meant for the African market.” Kobla stated that he was thankful to all the students, faculty and staff who encouraged him throughout the interview process. He was grateful that his education at Ashesi had prepared him to meet Google’s high standards.

Google representatives stated that while with the Software Engineering Programme Kobla will be asked to develop his skills and contribute to projects in a direct and meaningful way. The Programme promises to help interns deepen their understanding of Computer Science and allow them to connect with outstanding people from all over the world.