MANILA, Philippines - The University of Santo Tomas has joined the NetSuite SuiteAcademy program, an educational program designed to bring cloud-based business management solutions to university classrooms worldwide.
UST is among a growing number of universities and colleges to partner with NetSuite through the SuiteAcademy program, which offers no-cost NetSuite licensing, resources and training to help schools equip students with the next-generation cloud IT and business skills.
"SuiteAcademy provides us with a world-class product to reinforce the key concepts and principles we are teaching, and we no longer have to purchase, install and configure software for our business-related classes," said Alex Santos, Department Director, UST Institute of Information and Computing Sciences.
"Additionally, our students get to experience NetSuite’s leading technology and gain relevant training and skills that increase their value in the job market after graduation," he added.
SuiteAcademy has reached more than 25,000 students worldwide since its introduction in 2011. Among its partners include UCLA, Purdue University and Far Eastern University in the Philippines.
The UST Institute of Information and Computing Sciences incorporated NetSuite cloud ERP into the undergraduate degree curricula in the first semester of 2014 as an elective class. The pilot class had over 70 third-year students pursuing BS Information Systems degrees.
The program gives UST students and professors new flexibility for anywhere/anytime learning over the web.
UST plans to deliver a NetSuite-based cloud computing curricula to approximately 200 students for the first semester of the school year 2015.
UST anticipates the number of participating students and faculty will increase as the new program matures, and expects expansion across the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences’ core programs of computer science, information technology, and information systems.
"SuiteAcademy definitely helps make UST graduates more attractive to employers in the job market, and it also makes UST more attractive to students looking for education in next-generation technology," said James Dantow, VP for Worldwide Support and General Manager for the Philippines at NetSuite.