Armel Bizoza is an EMoS student of the second cohort. The experienced IT expert from Burundi paused his career to join the Master’s programme at NM-AIST on a full scholarship. In late 2021, he returned to his former employer for his internship and applied his newly honed skills there.
Before taking up the Master programme in Embedded and Mobile Systems within the CENIT@EA project in early 2020, Armel Bizoza had been working as an IT executive at BGF Bank in Bujumbura, Burundi. He saw the opportunity to enhance his professional prospects with the additional degree and has not been disappointed.
During his two-months internship at BGF Bank, Armel worked in the credit department that had an urgent need for a system to enhance loan request processes. He developed an app that allows customers to request a loan from their mobile phone without coming to the bank. Only after the request has been checked will the customer be invited to a meeting in person. This system significantly eases the process for customers and the bank and has the potential to improve the departments business, not just in times of a pandemic and lock-downs.
Armel is planning to return once more to BGF Bank after his graduation and is hopeful to be re-hired. Once back he would finalise his app and pursue further ideas to support the institutions digitisation. Armel is looking at a bright future.