University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
May 11, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Prepares Tomorrow’s Business and IT Leaders With SAP

The University of South Alabama has joined the SAP University Alliances program, a global endeavor that provides university faculty members with the tools and resources necessary to teach students how technology can enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking, and gives students skills that add immediate value in the marketplace.

USA Mitchell College of Business and School of Computing students who participate in the program gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art software and grow skills relevant to their careers and chosen fields.

“It is important for our students to have hands-on experience with tools that are an integral part of global business,” said Dr. Carl Moore, dean of the USA Mitchell College of Business. “In addition, we are supporting employers looking for workers skilled in using SAP software. The SAP University Alliances program allows us to prepare the next generation of knowledge workers to be productive with SAP software solutions and intelligently apply information technology in a business context.”

“Computing skills are essential in virtually every profession today,” said Dr. Alec Yasinsac, dean of the USA School of Computing. “The USA School of Computing is thrilled to incorporate this industry leading product into our course offerings to augment our programs in Information Systems, Computer Science, and Information Technology. While our Computing graduates are already in great demand, SAP skills will make them even more valuable in even the most competitive marketplace.

The SAP University Alliances program is a global initiative with more than 1,000 member campuses in more than 60 countries. Through the program, professors and students are given access to the same software used by SAP customers and partners. This comprehensive business software suite supports business and information technology programs, helping students put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises and problem-solving, case studies, and academic projects.

SAP donates licenses for its software at no cost to member universities and technical institutes for use in disciplines such as management, operations research, accounting, finance, marketing, and information technology and computer science.

SAP University Alliances provides valuable services tailored to the needs of USA including:

  • The SAP University Alliances community – The program features an advanced, interactive Web portal designed for the academic population worldwide that connects faculty, students, SAP customers and partners, and SAP internal experts.
  • Hosting services –USA gains access to SAP Business Suite software via hosting from an SAP-licensed, non-profit University Competence Center location, which means there is no need to invest in a costly data center infrastructure to participate in the program.
  • Curriculum support – SAP sponsors new curriculum efforts in the academic community in order to build a collection of ready-to-use, faculty-developed course materials that can be shared among member campuses.
  • Professional development and networking -- USA professors can take advantage of free SAP-sponsored curriculum workshops offered during semester breaks and annual academic conferences for members.

University of South Alabama
The University of South Alabama is a major center of high quality undergraduate, graduate, medical and professional education located on the upper Gulf Coast. USA enrolls more 15,000 students and has awarded over 72,000 degrees in its history. More than 250,000 people are served annually by USA’s physicians, hospitals and clinics. Founded in 1963, USA is among the fastest-growing universities in Alabama.

SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software, offering enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, and related applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. Global demand for certified SAP professionals increases every year, and SAP is dedicated to helping universities enable students to hit the ground running at companies using SAP software.


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