Oracle is evaluating whether to introduce its US-only Oracle Academic Inititative into Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the US, it has already committed to spend $50 million to try and address an Oracle skills shortage by targetting universities.
It intends to train university staff, who will then be able to incorporate Oracle training programmes into their curricula. Universities will also receive cut-price software and get bronze level support for eight hours a day, five days a week, while students who attend the classes receive software, manuals, credits for certification examinations and a subscription to the Oracle inhouse magazine for free. They can also access a recruitment database that lists job vacancies within Oracle and its third party channel.
Some 50 institutions have already signed up to the scheme, but oracle hopes to increase this number to 1,000 within three years. It is also evaluating whether to set up a consortium with Cisco and Sun to expand the scope of the initiative.
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