SAP completes first stage in Palestinian IT training
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 in Office of the Quartet Representative
The first stage in an innovative IT training program created by SAP for Palestinian universities and IT companies was completed this week in Ramallah.
The program for over 40 people, which was held at the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology’s Training Center, followed agreements signed in late April between SAP and the Palestinian universities to become part of the University Alliances program to develop highly qualified graduates with critical skills for the 21st century workforce. The link between SAP, the PA and the universities was facilitated by the Office of the Quartet Representative, as part of its strategy to bolster Palestinian IT.
A total of 25 instructors and professors from eight Palestinian universities, along with 21 representatives from Palestinian IT companies attended the program, which focused on business process integration training. Professors can now start teaching the SAP curriculum next semester, and the IT companies can start their journey of becoming SAP partners.
PA Minister for IT, Dr. Allam Mousa, and Marita Mitschein, Senior Vice President for Strategic Investments, Managing Director of the Training and Development Institute, and Growth Plan Lead, SAP MENA, attended the final session of the first round of training on Monday, and were impressed by the level of commitment from participants to leverage the momentum of the program.
Dr. Mousa praised the interaction and commitments in the training, and expressed his appreciation of the universities and companies participating in this ambitious program.
The minister said: “The fact that this training is held at the government training center reflects the commitment of the Ministry and the government in providing state of the art training tools. This is part of our efforts to realise the Ministry’s objectives to reach a high-standard or training programs in this field.”
The program is facilitated by the Office of the Quartet Representative, as part of its strategy to build the IT industry and ensure there are bridges between Palestinian universities and the private sector. The program has received the strong support of the PA under its commitment to boost the IT sector, and provided the use of its training facilities in Ramallah.
Ms Mitschein, said: “Palestinian universities will continue to develop their SAP training capability building on this first stage. In parallel, SAP is working with the OQR, Palestinian IT companies and others to select unemployed young professionals for an SAP Young Professional Program, via which SAP provides intensive training designed to lead to job opportunities in SAP’s Eco-System.
While in Ramallah, Ms. Mitschein also had a series of meetings with Palestinian IT companies as part of the strategy to develop business and skills.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 282,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
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