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Wake-Up Call for Education – e-Skills Week

SAP, as the largest software company headquartered in Europe, is a leading partner in the European Commission e-Skills initiative. The EC Enterprise and Industry section is driving the message that Information and Communications Technology is a key driver to economic growth and social advancement. University Alliances is proud to coordinate SAP’s involvement in this strategic initiative.

SAP is participating in the e-Skills Week Opening Event at the CeBIT Convention Center in Hannover on the afternoon of March 2, 2010. Herbert Heitmann, SAP Chief Communications Officer, will kick-off the event by presenting what SAP is doing in collaboration with public agencies and other firms in industry to equip the next generation of ICT talent. There are many more jobs available in this sector than there are skilled graduates to fill those jobs. SAP is commited to help bridge  this e-Skills gap, and the SAP University Alliances program is one main offering directed at this objective effectively and sustainably.

During e-Skills Week, SAP University Alliances, along with our University Competence Center at T.U. Munich, is sponsoring a special competition for university students to creatively address the e-Skills shortage.  The idea competition platform, SAPIENS, is open during the week for students to submit their concepts to contribute to this Europe-wide challenge.

Also in other member countries of the initiative, as Cyprus, we will have local events to address it directly to the needs of the local subsidaries and people.
To find out more about the e-Skills initiative and SAP’s involvement, please visit the EMEA: E-Skills Week Conference (March 2, 2010) in our SAP University Alliances Community. You will also find contact partners through this link for any questions that you may want to raise and the opportunity to register and participate directly in the e-Skills Week at CeBIT.

Sincerely yours,

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      Hi Benjamin,

      I think you agree that change needs a groundswell of support from all of us 'world citizens' to happen. If more of us would get involved in e-Skills initiatives, we can affect that gap. Thanks for reminding us.

      It certainly also helps that our top political and corporate leaders show the way for the rest of us. So it must have really been a great experience for you to personally hear SAP's co-CEO Bill McDemott, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Spain's Prime Minister Jose Zapatero all highlighting how crucial investments and commitments to IT education are for society in their opening speeches for CeBIT.

      Enjoy the week in Hannover.

      Best Wishes