Business Software Solutions Firm–SAP to Extend to Cebu Schools its University Alliance Program

A leading global business software solution company is extending its University Alliance Program to selected colleges and universities in Cebu in integrating SAP into the curriculum.

SAP (which stands for “Systems, Applications, and Products in data processing”) is a global company engaged in enterprise application software and set foot in the Philippines in 1995. It has more than 183,000 customers in 50 locations worldwide since it was founded in 1972.

It has help companies–from small, medium to larger enterprise– by providing the right business solutions ranging from back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, and desktop to mobile device.

(Left) Darren Rushworth, Managing Director of SAP Philippines and the Emerging Markets (Vietnam, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Laos). Right: Carel Villanueva, Marketing Manager @ SAP Phils.

In the Philippines, almost 800 customers are being served by SAP according to the newly-installed Managing Director of SAP Philippines and the Emerging Markets (Vietnam, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Laos) Darren Rushworth.

Rushworth said SAP sees the need for students to be exposed to SAP business applications while taking courses like accountancy and accounting technology to prepare the students. Subjects like Accounting Information Systems and Accounting in IT Environment have already been incorporated in the accountancy curriculum.

Carel Villanueva, Marketing Manager @ SAP Philippines elaborates that the students program would be in a form of trainors’ training where teachers are trained on SAP applications for cascading later in the classroom. Students who took SAP lessons shall be given certification after passing the accreditation examination.

On the other hand, the SAP regular training which usually took 2-3 weeks is worth thousands of pesos for each applicant. A successful trainee who gets a SAP certification enjoys higher salaries ranging P50,000 to P500,000 when hired by companies as consultants for the SAP implementation, according to Villanueva.

There are 15 schools in Luzon that partnered with SAP in the student program like UST, MIT, and UP. In Cebu, SAP Philippines has yet to forge formal agreements with known universities that are offering business courses like finance, accounting, etc.

SAP held yesterday its SME Summit in Cebu City where small-and-medium-enterprise owners and managers from all over the Philippines meet and interact with each other. 🙂

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