First Oracle Academy in RP launched

By David Dizon, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Jul 10 2009 04:30 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2009 12:31 AM

Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company, is partnering with AMA Education System, to offer technical skills training in Oracle enterprise solutions to AMA students.

Known as the Oracle Academy, the program integrates Advanced Computer Science and Enterprise Business Application training into AMA Computer University curriculum for the second trimester of the year.

Oracle Philippines Managing Director Ryan Guadalquiver said Oracle Academy is a key company initiative "to invest in the development of the Philippine IT community by providing state-of-the-art technological learning platforms as well as help faculty with professional development opportunities."

"These are all preparations to enhance world-class ICT skills in the Philippines for a 21st century workforce," he said during the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Oracle and AMA officials.

Guadalquiver said AMA students taking up degrees in Computer Science, Information Technology and Information Management will be given exposure to Oracle's world-class software such as PeopleSoft HR and Oracle eBusiness Suite. He added that the students will also be given hands-on training on how these IT applications are used in industries such as finance, retail, telecommunications, healthcare and manufacturing.

He said the company is investing $2.018 billion for the Oracle Academy worldwide initiative, which intends to reach out to 855,000 students across 91 countries.

Alma dela Cruz, AMA Academic Affairs Department VP, said at least two AMA professors are undergoing training in Singapore to become Master Trainers of the Oracle Academy Program.

She said the Oracle Academy courses will be offered in 22 AMAES schools this year including the main campus in Quezon City, Makati, Pasig, Las Piñas, Caloocan, East Rizal (Antipolo City), Davao, Fairview (Quezon City), Biñan (Laguna), Cavite, Sta. Cruz (Laguna), Calamba (Laguna), Lucena (Quezon), Tarlac, Lipa (Batangas), Santiago (Isabela), Olongapo (Zambales), Batangas, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), and Cagayan de Oro.

Up to 5,000 AMA students are expected to enroll in the program, she said.

Natasak Rodjanapiches, Oracle Asean regional managing director, said the Oracle Academy gives students a competitive edge in the job market.

"As students go out into the workplace, there will be a lot of changes in the workplaces. Technology will play a major role in those changes. A lot of people when they graduate are going outside the country to work. For a person to be truly globalized. it is important for him to differentiate himself from the others. Having the students undergo a certification prrogram gives them an edge over IT graduates," he said.