SAP Next-Gen Chapters at Universities in APJ Help Customers Speed Innovation with Purpose

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the opening of 12 campus-located SAP Next-Gen Chapters to spur innovation between SAP customers and universities across the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region.

These lighthouse universities will share innovation with purpose best practices with the SAP Next-Gen network of over 560 universities in APJ which connects SAP customers to academia, startups, accelerators, purpose driven partners and institutions, and SAP experts to envision the future of industries and the intelligent enterprise and to build digital innovation skills.

The announcement was made at the SAP Academic Conference APJ 2018 at the University Competence Center location for the APJ region (UCC APJ) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia.  This year marks the 10th anniversary that the SAP University Alliances program has been successfully established in APJ and supported by the UCC APJ.

“The SAP Next-Gen Chapters in APJ foster digital innovation by connecting academia, startups, partners and customers,” said Bruce McKinnon, Head of Services, APJ & Executive Sponsor of Innovation for SAP ANZ. “The chapters also help deliver on our purpose, as they often focus their innovations on challenges associated with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

SAP Next-Gen Chapters are part of the SAP University Alliances program and its affiliated University Competence Center and Academic Competence Center locations. Chapters in APJ include University of Melbourne, Australia; University of New South Wales, Australia; Victoria University, Australia; Chitkara University, India; Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad, India; International Management Institute, India; National Institute of Industrial Engineering, India; Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology, India; University Islam Indonesia; Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore; Singapore Management University; and National Central University, Taiwan.

“The SAP Next-Gen Chapters will enable SAP University Alliances member schools to accelerate the education of next generation leaders using the latest SAP technologies. SAP customers will be able to tap this digitally educated and purpose focused talent pool to support how they digitally transform into best-run, intelligent enterprises,” said Ann Rosenberg, senior vice president and global head of SAP Next-Gen.

Cross topic chapters aim to offer the broad range of subjects that SAP Next-Gen, SAP University Alliances, and SAP Young Thinkers offer. Focus topic chapters will specialize on specific subjects or purposes such as: digital core with SAP S/4HANA; digital innovation with analytics, machine learning, or blockchain technology; Code with Purpose by SAP Next-Gen hackathons to foster a global movement of students developing disruptive solutions to social challenges; innovation methodologies, including science fiction thinking and purpose thinking; #sheinnovates to make innovation and technology work better for young women and girls; and SAP Next-Gen Labs supporting industry partners with SAP Next-Gen services for SAP Leonardo.

SAP Next-Gen Chapters have also opened in North America, Latin America, and Greater China, and additional chapters across the globe are planned to open in 2018.

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