Industry and Academia Collaborate to Foster Customer Success through IT Skills Education
Swedish Higher Education Institutions Join the SAP University Alliances Program in Partnership with the SAP Swedish User Group (SAPSA)
HANNOVER, Germany - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), SANTE Academy, a joint university venture chartered to incorporate business systems as an educational tool, and the Swedish SAP User Group SAPSA today announced the signing of a three-way letter of intent in the field of higher education. Under the terms of the agreement, SANTE Academy members will become active participants in SAP’s global SAP® University Alliances program, which currently works with more than 900 universities, colleges, and technical institutes in more than 40 countries. The announcement was made at CeBIT 2009, the world’s leading information technology show, being held March 3-8 in Hannover, Germany.
At the start of the spring semester, students at nine of Sweden’s largest universities shall receive unlimited access to SAP’s business systems as part of their education. The nine universities include the universities of Gothenburg, Lund, Umeå, Chalmers, Stockholm, Växjö, West, Kristianstad as well as the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology.
The cooperation also means that students will have access to a global network of universities using SAP’s software in their curricula. SAP’s business systems shall primarily be used in the universities’ courses in business administration and computer science through which the students will learn to understand and implement SAP software. To champion the interests of the SAP customer community, the Swedish SAP User Group (SAPSA) intends also to collaborate and to cooperate with SANTE and SAP to ensure students acquire the IT and business process skills required in today’s global economy.
“As a market leader we have a responsibility to ensure that our customers can find employees with both baseline and high-value SAP competencies. This cooperation also contributes to increase the value of Swedish students in the labour market.” said Mattias Bolander, Country Manager SME at SAP Svenska AB. “In addition to access to SAP business systems, our industry and product specialists will support students in the optimal execution of software implementation, and offer access to SAP University Alliances resources that will contribute enormously to the students’ educational experience. This cooperation is of significant value to our customers and partners as well as SAP; as such, we want to ensure we offer students all the resources and support we can.”
The School of Business, Economics and Commercial Law at the University of Gothenburg has run an initiative since 2005 to increase the business awareness within academic education. Erik Verner, a student majoring in management accounting at the University of Gothenburg who participated in ERP-related courses through the SANTE Academy, said, “Today, it is hard for business students to find education within IT, enterprise systems and Business Intelligence that focuses on what is relevant for us – the future users, purchasers or sellers of these solutions.”
“We have worked on the direct advice of the business community since 2005 to prepare our students to be competent users and buyers of business-critical IT, the introduction of SAP software will be a very valuable contribution,” said Johan Magnusson, director of the Centre for Business Solutions at the School of Business, Economics and Commercial Law, University of Gothenburg
Per Högberg of the SAP Swedish User Group (SAPSA) added, “Among our more than 120 members we see that the shortage of SAP competencies in our market is an important issue. We are convinced that more students with SAP knowledge in the market will have a positive impact for all parties in the long run.”
The official execution of the letter of intent will take place at CeBIT 2009 with participation of SAP, academic guests from the Nordic region, and Swedish SAP User Group members.
About the SAP® University Alliances Program
The SAP® University Alliances program is a global initiative with nearly 900 member campuses in more than 40 countries. SAP provides free licenses to its business software suite to member universities and technical institutes for use in disciplines such as management, operations research, accounting, finance, marketing, information technology and computer science. The program enables students at participating campuses to experience how organizations operate more productively and profitably through advanced academic curriculum that includes hands-on exercises using SAP’s current business software. Peer hosting is provided at low cost by five independent non-profit University Competence Centers located across the world. More than 170,000 students gain first-hand experience with SAP software each year. To learn more about the program, please visit the new SAP University Alliances community portal (https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/uac).
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.
About SANTE Academy
SANTE Academy is a joint venture between Swedish Universities to pedagogically better prepare students for their future professional life. This is done by enabling the students to use their theoretical knowledge of processes in real life situations with business systems. SANTE Academy members comprise of more than 124,000 students and more than 15000 professors and researchers.
SAPSA, the Swedish SAP User Group, helps user companies make the most of their SAP installation. The organization provides members with different events and information within a vast SAP network. In combination with long-term strategy projects with SAP Sweden and partners, activities gives the user group a firm base for best practice knowhow within the Swedish SAP ecosystem. Today SAPSA includes almost 120 different companies.
(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications.
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