Nine leading universities in Pakistan have joined the Oracle Academy and have integrated its Advanced Computer Science program into their IT curricula to provide their students hands-on experience with Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware.
As a result, approximately 4500 students from these participating universities will have access to world-class Oracle software, technical curriculum, and industry-recognized certification resources.
Students who participate in the Oracle Academy develop vital business and technology skills, gaining a competitive advantage as they prepare to enter the global workforce of the 21st century.
The Oracle Academy helps to equip students with world-class IT skills that help them prepare for careers in exciting fields such as computer engineering, application development, web development, IT consulting, systems integration, database design/administration, IT product management, IT product marketing, technical support, and more.
“It is essential that our next generation have the right skill set before entering the workforce. Using industry-relevant and engaging computer science education resources offered by Oracle Academy, these students can benefit from hands-on experience with real world business software,” said Ahsen Javed, Managing Director, Oracle Pakistan and SAGE-W. “We are proud to support the universities in Pakistan in preparing the students for IT and business careers and hope that this young workforce will soon contribute to the success of the organizations they will work for.”
Participating universities include University of Engineering & Technology (UET) – Taxila, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) – Karachi, GC University Faisalabad, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology – Lahore, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, University of Peshawar, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) – Islamabad, University of Agriculture – Faisalabad and The Superior Group of Colleges – Lahore.
The Oracle Academy provides a complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty training, support, and certification resources to secondary and higher education institutions for teaching use. Faculty can insert these resources into computer science and business programs, helping to ensure that students gain industry-relevant skills prior to entering the workforce.
“The Oracle Academy has been very effective as we have not only been able to enrich our existing courses but our faculty is also in the process of designing more courses with major practical and hands-on outlines,” said M.N. Khokhar, Assistant Professor and Coordinator MS(CS), SZABIST Islamabad Campus.
“We are confident that the Oracle Academy will help our faculty and students to enhance their understanding in various areas where Oracle has been the leader and innovator,” said Dr. Adeel Akram, Dean – Faculty of Telecom, & Information Engineering, UET Taxila. “Our Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering and Telecommunication Engineering Departments are identifying the gaps in our existing curriculum where courses and other material developed by Oracle can be introduced to improve their practicality and acceptance in the field.”
“We at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Lahore campus have been benefiting from our Oracle Academy Advanced Computer Science Membership since March 2013,” said Dr. Hamid Turab Mirza, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore Campus. “Curriculum and software support is very useful and is helping our students to master database systems concepts, and specifically Oracle Database technology, in a better way.”
“We have recently subscribed to Oracle Academy to let our students and faculty members learn the state-of-art Oracle software,” said Dr. Azhar Rauf, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar. “We are planning to incorporate some courses from Oracle Certification Programs into the BS program, bringing it at par with the industry standards.”
“Oracle Academy Pakistan is actively involving academia. This will help students understand the latest technologies so that they can use them in their projects and later in job market,” said Dr Imran Amin, Head of Department – Computing, Shahid Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, Karachi.
“We are really thankful to Oracle Academy for providing us with this precious opportunity to get the benefit of its valuable resources,” said Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shahid Naweed, Chairman, Department of Computer Science & IT, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur. “Almost 500 students study the subject of Databases each year and it will be a great opportunity for our students to get familiar with the premiere DBMS, Oracle Database.”