Johannesburg — The SAP University Alliances programme has being strengthened in Namibia with the signing of an agreement with the Polytechnic of Namibia that will see a greater number of students passing through the SAP-specific training, thereby increasing the pool of SAP-certified graduates to meet growing market demand for those skills.
The SAP University Alliances programme is now available at 19 higher education institutions in Africa, joining the many institutions in more than 30 countries worldwide where the training is provided.
The SAP TERP10 training course aims to certify university students in the basic elements of the SAP ERP system, thereby providing them with early exposure to business management practices, as well as the SAP ERP system. Graduates who have completed TERP10 training often find employment within the SAP ecosystem on the strength of this qualification and their exposure to the user interface.
“We have a long-standing relationship with the Polytechnic of Namibia, which was one of the first institutions in Africa to offer SAP training,” says Max Fuzani, SAP Africa’s University Alliances Manager. “This agreement realigns our relationship along the lines of the global SAP University Alliances programme.”
The Polytechnic relationship with SAP reaches back to 2002 when it first started offering the SAP01 course. When the University Alliances programme and TERP10 training was introduced in 2008, it migrated to this course and curriculum, and has been a strong supporter of the programme ever since.
“More than 290 students and 65 employees were trained under the old system before TERP10 was introduced, with an additional 540 human resources and about 40 accounting students receiving workshop training,” explains Johnson Billawer, lecturer and HOD: Business Computing and SAP co-ordinator at the Polytechnic.
Although a handful of candidates have completed the TERP10 training, the bulk of these are Polytechnic instructors, which lays the foundation for them to assist with the training of students as the programme is now rolled out across the institution.
“We have been very successful with the SAP University Alliances programme, with a number of students we have trained now employed across various sectors in a SAP environment,” adds Billawer. “The hands-on experience that is gained on a real-life SAP system is a huge advantage for them and increases their employability at major Namibian companies that run SAP.
He says SAP initiatives have generally been deployed across the Polytechnic’s various schools, although the School of IT has been at the forefront with SAP University Alliances.
Fuzani says that in addition to the TERP10 training, the Polytechnic will now also be providing certified training on SAP NetWeaver as well as the erp4schoolprogramme that aims to extend the exposure to business practices at an even earlier age.
“Also, the professors now have the opportunity to participate in the global University Alliances Community portal (Join the University Alliances Community: http://uac.sap.com), as well as a full library that contains curriculum content and information on upcoming events and workshops,” says Fuzani.
Polytechnic of Namibia
The Polytechnic of Namibia, established by Act 33/1994 of the Namibian Parliament, is a tertiary institution located in Windhoek, Namibia. The institution is striving to be a university of science and technology, educating leaders for the new economy. The Polytechnic offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. For more information, visit http://www.polytechnic.edu.na.
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