Our annual Curriculum Congress is this week, Friday and Saturday, March 13 – 14. The event is directed primarily at professors who participate in our University Alliances program from member universities in North, Central, and South America. When space is available, professors from other regions of the world also participate. In Charlotte, North Carolina, therefore, we will have native speakers of English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, German, and other languages attending. The Congress has always been a perfect opportunity to make those special contacts that expand our professional network and horizons.
As another example of opportunities for contacts, last week, a small team from SAP University Alliances participated in working the SAP booth at CeBIT in Hannover. Special guests they met with included Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Governor, and Stephen Conroy, the Australian Minister for Broadband, Telecommunications & the Digital Economy. It so happens that we could directly promote to these VIP’s the contribution of four out of five of our University Competence Centers (hosting sites) – Technical University of Munich; University of Magedeburg; California State University, Chico; and Queensland University of Technology. (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – we certainly did not forget about you, too.)
Both of these venues hold an important position in our strategy for promoting our initiatives, and in doing so, increasing opportunities for the professors and students of our community. But, even though the value of the connections in the above examples is clear and compelling, it is simply not sustainable that every one of us in the community can personally attend many of these types of events. This is why our new web portal initiative, the University Alliances community, is also special and exciting. Through the web tools of the SAP community network, including this UA Message Board blog and our UA Faculty Club thought leadership and UA Library content forums, the UAC delivers a virtually immeasurable potential for making indispensable, global contacts.