Palestinians Earn SAP Skills to Support Middle East’s Digital Economy

March 8, 2016 by SAP News 0

Public-Private Partnership Provides University Graduates with ICT Knowledge, Skills, and Work Experience

RAMALLAH, Palestine
Palestinian university graduates have earned valuable high-tech skills to support the Middle East’s Digital Economy, thanks to a public-private partnership that graduated its first group of students.

As part of SAP’s Young Professional Program, 18 Palestinians are now certified as SAP Associate Consultants in SAP Business One. They completed a 2-month-long training program that included SAP software knowledge certification and a plethora of soft skill development workshops such as Design Thinking and Communication & Presentation Techniques.

The aim of this unique program is to support in the creation of sustainable workplaces by boosting the business system knowledge of young graduates in the region. The training program ties the most talented millennials in order to drive innovation and tackle unemployment in the region.

SAP’s Young Professional Program in Ramallah was delivered and sponsored mainly by global technology company SAP in collaboration with the Office of the Quartet as well as the Palestine Ministry of Telecommunications and IT. It was co-funded by USAID’s Complete Project that strengthens Palestine’s economic competitiveness as well as by SAP Global Corporate Social Responsibility.

Demonstrating Palestinians’ in-depth ICT experience, ICT companies across Palestine contribute 6 percent of its GDP, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.

More than 80 individuals from various Palestinian companies as well as representatives from the Palestine Ministry of Telecommunications and IT attended the graduation and networking event and saw the strong commitment and attitude of the young talents.

“Palestinian university graduates want to make a difference, and SAP’s Young Professional Program empowers the region’s talents, enables them to support the Middle East’s Digital Economy, and attract multinationals to Palestine,” said John Clarke, Deputy Head of the Office of the Quartet.

Across the Middle East and North Africa, SAP’s Young Professional Program has graduated and shaped more than 760 talented Arab nationals, with over 90 percent being placed into employment, largely in the SAP ecosystem.

“The Young Professional Program supports Palestinians landing Digital Economy careers, growing Palestine’s implementers, and builds onto our University Alliances partnerships that integrate technology in education,” said Marita Mitschein, Managing Director of the SAP Training and Development Institute.

Photo Caption: Palestinian university students have graduated with valuable high-tech skills as part of SAP’s Young Professional Program.

About the Office of the Quartet
The Office of the Quartet works to support the Palestinian people on economic development, rule of law and improved movement and access for goods and people, as they build the institutions and economy of a viable and peaceful state in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. For further information, please visit our website www.quartetrep.org

About USAID’S Compete Project
USAID’s Compete Project works to strengthen the competitiveness and export potential of key sectors essential to the future prosperity of the Palestinian economy: Agribusiness and specialty food, Information and Communications Technology, Tourism, Stone and marble, Fishing, Furniture, and Textile and Garments. USAID continues to invest in the Palestinian ICT sector; through its Compete Project that aims to foster job creation and support partnerships with regional and international firms. Due to USAID/Compete’s assistance, by the end of 2015, 31 ICT startups were established, 53 ICT startups developed products or signed contracts, and $388,000 startup capital was raised by youth, creating 118 jobs. These indicators of progress make it clear that the Palestinian ICT sector is worth noticing and investing in. For more information, visit: www.competeproject.ps.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 300,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com. Follow SAP on Twitter: @SAPMENA, @SAPMENANews

About SAP Training and Development Institute
The SAP Training and Development Institute offers a host of programs tailored to bring SAP business skills to those who have a cultural and social understanding of a local region. SAP TDI’s initiatives help talented minds not only to find jobs but also to establish their own companies by nurturing their entrepreneurial mindset. Furthermore, SAP TDI serves as Think Tank for knowledge exchange, co-creation and co-innovation. Showing the value of SAP TDI, the organization recently passed the milestone of having built skills and knowledge in the region with an In Country Value (ICV) of US$91m across MENA.

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