Issued by: Ogilvy Public Relations
Johannesburg — SAP Africa is hosting its inaugural SAP University Alliances Programme User-Group meeting on 5–6 November, in Mauritius, to create dialogue in institutions of higher learning on how to leverage ICT to drive future economies and sustainable communities.
The SAP University Alliances Programme is a global initiative that provides discounted SAP software to universities in a bid to expose students to business software applications, and thereby bolster their business and ICT acumen. The aim is for this type of training to form part of universities’ curriculum, which will help to produce ‘career-ready’ graduates.
The network of educational institutions participating in the programme already spans more than 30 countries globally, with 18 institutions in Africa in countries such as South Africa, Mauritius, Namibia, Ghana, Nigeria and Morocco as part of this network.
“The meeting is open to all organisations and institutions that wish to learn more about how they can help build skills for future generations and skills that are most needed in the 21st Century,” says Max Fuzani, University Alliances manager for the Africa Region. “This is our first User-Group meeting on the continent at which we aim to create platforms for an exchange of ideas between SAP experts and faculties to encourage the cross-pollination of ideas.
“We also want to showcase some of the new innovations that SAP University Alliance will be introducing to these communities.”
Fuzani says more delegates are confirming attendance in numbers and the event is not restricted to programme members as he aims to double the African network by the end of 2010. “The meeting is open to all current and prospective institutions of learning spanning from colleges, schools and universities that wish to enhance their curriculum,” he says.
The programme is designed in a way that students get to apply business management principles and workflows in a real-life scenario using the SAP systems. The SAP University Alliances provide faculties and schools with multi-dimensional curriculum training that includes simulation games, case studies and online training.
The University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM), being the host for the event, has made strong commitment in empowering the students and local workforce in SAP technology since its affiliation with the University Alliances in September 2008. Recently the UTM organised a SAP Ter10 certification training programme and it is currently collaborating with another alliance member on a course development project. “We believe that the SAP University Alliance Programme User-Group meeting has come at the right time to Mauritius and we believe it will add momentum in the adoption of ERP tools.” says Dr N Mohamudally from the School of the Innovative Technologies and Engineering at the UTM.
The SAP University Alliances Programme supports curricula in the disciplines of accounting, finance, organisational management, marketing, business strategy, information systems, computer science and engineering.
Fuzani is excited about the upcoming gathering as it marks the culmination of the two years of work to establish the African network.
“We would like to use this event to build momentum for next year and the planned expansion of this unique educational and training initiative,” concludes Fuzani.
SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software (*), offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. With more than 82 000 customers in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol “SAP”. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications.
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