SUSE’s Open Source Academic Program Expands to Over 400 Institutions

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The aim of SUSE Academic Program is to prepare developers in all types of industries to fulfil the changing demands of digital economy

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, has expanded its open source software education to hundreds of educational institutional worldwide. The company is extending its support for its SUSE Academic Program for the next generation of open source software developers across the world. The aim of program is to prepare developers in all types of industries to fulfil the changing demands of digital economy by offering open source knowledge, material for training and an affordable education buying program for education community.

Increasing reach to academia

Founded in May 2017, the SUSE Academic Program now includes over 400 universities, libraries, schools and other academic institutions. In addition, support resources of the program have increased in North America. The aim of the program is to double the participants number in the coming six months.

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Sander Huyts, Vice President and Academic Program lead, SUSE, said, “SUSE has long been a champion of open source education, and our existing links to academia have allowed us to work with a high number of schools in a short period of time.”

“We are committed to growing open source skills and education at the academic level, because we view them as critical to the long-term health of our industry and as fundamental building blocks of modern technology. We will continue to ramp resources and support to ensure open source continues to thrive,” Huyts said.

Program’s participants

The SUSE Academic Program is positively impacting the lives of students and educators across the world. The educational institutions using the program include Oxford University, Cambridge University, San Diego State University, Czech Technical University, University of British Columbia and New York City College of Technology.

Commenting on the use of SUSE Academic Program, Werner Degenhardt, Academic Director and CIO at Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, said, “Our university has been using the program for a number of students as part of the curriculum for the systems specialist program, for internal teaching and learning purposes. We love the program, find it very easy to use and have seen it produce excellent results.”

Phillip Chee, Computer Science Technologist and Professor at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, said, “The materials provided in the SUSE Academic Program are very impressive. I am using the program to develop a lab for the students to install a small cloud and incorporating SUSE OpenStack Cloud into our operating system theory class.”

Variety of solutions

The SUSE Academic Program offers a wide range of solutions to help meet the demand for advance open source knowledge and talent. The solutions include training for certified Linux and other courses, free SUSE products for educational or lab use, student curriculum materials for faculty and staff, development tools, a special SUSE buying program for educational institutions, and access to forums, knowledge base and technical support.

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