SAP partners with five UK universities to drive digital skills and innovation as part of the ‘Next-Gen Chapters’ programme

SAP NEWSBYTE — Sept. 12, 2018 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the launch of five new ‘Next-Gen Chapters’ at the London School of Economics, University of Portsmouth, Brighton University, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Central Lancashire. These universities will equip students with SAP software skills, and encourage relationships between industry, students and researchers, accelerating innovation and insights for the digital future. SAP customers will be able to tap this digitally literate and purpose-focused talent pool to support their transforming into best-run, intelligent enterprises.

“LSE is delighted to be named its’ Next Gen Chapter for Social Entrepreneurship. Together we intend to create impact through innovation, solving problems through pioneering design thinking that will enable students to innovate solutions to the pressing global social issues that we face today.” said Laura Jane Silverman, Head of LSE Generate, London School of Economics.

SAP Next-Gen Chapters can host regional faculty trainings, develop new academic curriculum based on SAP Leonardo offerings, and showcase thought leadership on digital business. Some chapters will share best practices in linking student projects using SAP technologies to ‘innovate with purpose’, while others aim to foster student social entrepreneurs. All are dedicated to acting as hubs for industry to recruit SAP skilled graduates. They will also all crowdsource insights on accelerating digital innovations linked to purposeful outcomes, aligned with the 17 UN Global Goals.

“Portsmouth University has been running a state-of-the-art Next Gen Lab for SAP Leonardo since May 2017 when our opening was attended by over a dozen companies. Becoming recognized as a Next Gen Chapter for SAP Leonardo is a welcome recognition by SAP for our determination to be a globally recognised centre of excellence in SAP education and innovation”. said David Starkey, Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth.

“We are very excited to start this new journey with UK and Ireland leading universities. It is an amazing opportunity, first, to accelerate the education of young graduates to become the next generation of digitally savvy, purpose-focused leaders; second, to connect the country’s thought leaders, students, researchers, and start-ups with our SAP customers and partners, giving them the best tools and insights to transform into intelligent enterprises,” said Jens Amail, SAP MD for UK and Ireland.

These five UK universities join a global network, with more Chapters having opened globally in 2018. The five are among the first group of SAP Next-Gen Chapters in the EMEA region and will collaborate with the University Competence Center, based in Technische Universität München. They will support other SAP University Alliances member schools in the UK and Ireland by upskilling faculty on SAP offerings such as SAP Leonardo, ERPSim, Integrated Manufacturing and HANA.


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