Bahrain’s Ahlia University Joins SAP University Alliance Program

July 12, 2009 by SAP News 0

Ahlia Students Gain Competitive Edge Through Sought After IT Skills

Manama, Kingdom of BahrainAhlia University, licensed in 2001 as the first private university in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has joined SAP’s global University Alliance Program adding to the 150,000 students globally from 700 tertiary institutions already learning SAP solutions.

Through the development of sought-after IT skills, students from both College of Information Technology and College of Engineering of Ahlia University will be prepared for the region’s growing modernization and economic diversification, creating opportunities for IT services in a range of key industries.

“SAP is committed to helping Bahrain’s students gain a competitive edge, and the University Alliance Program will generate a base of workers capable of building an IT infrastructure to support the country’s developing economy,” commented Sergio Maccotta, Managing Director, SAP Middle East and North Africa.

The SAP University Alliances program is a global endeavor that provides university faculty members with the tools and resources necessary to teach students how technology can enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking – and gives students the skills to add immediate value to the marketplace.

Members of the SAP University Alliance Program are given exclusive access to SAP’s business solutions to use in the classroom, enabling students to put theory to practice through demonstrations, problem-solving, case studies, and research programs.

Upon graduation, students will have a clear understanding of how technology can facilitate integrated business processes and strategic thinking, and graduates from the program will improve their opportunities to secure senior posts in the IT job market.

“We are delighted to be part of this initiative. Expert IT professionals are needed to help support the growth of our country’s economy, and the University Alliance program will enable future generations to develop the skill necessary to become business informatics experts,” commented Professor Abdulla Al Hawaj, President of Ahlia University, Bahrain.

SAP University Alliances member schools gain access to the SAP Business Suite family of solutions, including SAP ERP. This comprehensive business software suite supports business, engineering, and information technology programs, enabling students to put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises and problem-solving, case studies, and research programs.

President of SAP Users Group for Middle East & North Africa, Salem Al Angari, commented that, one of the main focus for SUG MENA is to support executives request from across the region in building awareness of SAP solutions through education.

“It is important to create a local talent pool of IT savvy professionals if the region is to remain competitive. Initiatives like SAP University Alliance Program are needed to educate, cultivate, and raise regional IT aptitude.”

Through hands-on experience with SAP solutions, program members gain insight into how technology can empower a business to optimize key processes such as accounting and controlling, human capital management, project planning, plant and materials management, and sales and distribution.

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About Ahlia University:

Ahlia University was founded by a group of academicians and businessmen with special interest in education and is fully funded and managed by the private sector.

Ahlia University started in 2003 with 2 colleges and about 100 students. Today, the University composes of six colleges offer some 2000 students a range of academic programmes in the fields of Arts, Science, Information Technology, Business and Finance, Engineering and Medical and Health Sciences.

The University enjoys very strong affiliations with a number of reputed international and local institutions including:

  • Brunel University U.K.
  • University of Wisconsin- River Falls U.S.A
  • Georgia State University U.S.A
  • Waseda University Japan
  • Philadelphia University Jordan
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research Switzerland
  • European Institute of Technology (EPITECH) France
  • Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance (BIBF) Bahrain
  • Bahrain Institute of Technology (BIT) Bahrain

Ahlia runs a successful program with Brunel University called “Brunel Ph.D. Without Residence”. The 3-year program is fully accredited by the UK government regulations and is recognized as equivalent to the higher degree provided on Brunel campus. In 2008, Ahlia University celebrated the graduation of its first Ph.D. graduates in this program.

About SUG-MENA
SAP User Group-Middle East & North Africa (SUG-MENA) is a non-profit organization in the business of promoting effective use of SAP, while bringing together its various users from the Middle East and North African region, to share experiences and exchange solutions. SUG-MENA’s events and efforts are also aimed at providing a communication medium that allows SAP users within the region to effectively and collectively communicate with SAP. To learn more about SUG-MENA visit www.sugmena.com.

In May 2008, SUGMENA achieved another milestone with an induction into the SAP Users Group Enterprise Network (SUGEN). SUGEN is a global entity representing a number of certified User Groups from across the world, that interact with SAP executives to address issues and requirements at a global level.

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Claire McPeak, +971 4 330 1777, c.mcpeak@sap.com

Michael Wallis, +971 50 458 1844, michael.wallis@wallismc.com