SAP Extends University Alliance Program to KSA and Bahrain

November 13, 2008 by SAP News 0

New IT University Competence Centers to Provide Skills for Gulf’s Growing Knowledge Economy; Jubail Industrial College in KSA and AMA International University in Bahrain Join Growing Network of SAP Partners

Dubai, United Arab EmiratesSAP Middle East & North Africa announced yesterday that it has formed strategic partnerships with leading educational institutions in the Gulf through its University Alliance Program.

Joining a growing network of SAP partners, Jubail Industrial College in Saudi Arabia and the AMA International University Bahrain have signed agreements to develop a University Competence Center (UCC) on their campuses, where comprehensive SAP IT certification programs will be offered.

Underlining the importance of collaboration between the education and private sectors, the new UCC will equip students with IT and business process management skills essential to the development of the Gulf’s growing knowledge-based economy.

“We are proud to be partnering with SAP to introduce an educational program that will empower our students with relevant IT skills that will provide them with the tools for future success,” said Dr. Marie Redina M. Victoria, School Director, AMA International University.
Through the development of these sought-after skills, SAP believes that graduates will be prepared for the Gulf region’s growing modernization and economic diversification, which is creating opportunities for IT services in a range of key industries.

“Education is critical to ensure economic growth in the Kingdom and we believe that SAP is well positioned to help our students to learn how to build a framework that will support our diversification strategy and enhance our long-term competitiveness,” said Dr. Al Assiri, JIC Deputy, Education & Training Affairs at Jubail Industrial College.

These competence centers will be the first of their kind in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and will officially form part of the global SAP University Alliance program, a higher learning initiative that provides hands-on education in a range of SAP products currently being used by companies around the world.

SAP Managing Director Sergio Maccotta congratulated both institutions on becoming part of SAP’s expanding ecosystem of partners.

“The University Alliance Program is SAP’s contribution in helping prepare the next generation of knowledge workers build the IT infrastructure required to support a thriving modern economy,” said Sergio Maccotta, Managing Director, SAP Middle East and Africa.

“We are honored to have two new institutions from the Gulf region join our global learning network and believe that together, we can help build a foundation for a sustainable economic future,” he concluded.

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