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Oracle Academy North America educators attend virtual session on the Oracle Academy Member Hub

This back to school season is different from any other; faculty and students face a situation in constant flux. Many faculty face a monumental task of teaching in multiple settings, whether it is in-person, virtual, or a combination of the two. It is important for them to have the tools they need to be successful in this new learning atmosphere.  Through Oracle Academy, Oracle’s global philanthropic program, we offer resources to help faculty be successful no matter their teaching environment. One of our new tools is a new learning management system, the Oracle Academy Member Hub. This tool is a one-stop shop for accessing Oracle Academy resources such as software, including NetSuite, Oracle Application Express (APEX), and the Oracle Cloud Free tier, curriculum, and faculty professional development. All. For. Free. On September 23, 2020, Danielle Ferretti, Oracle Academy Marketing Specialist for North America, and Lisa Palombo, Oracle Academy Sr. Curriculum Developer, presented a live webcast providing an overview of the new Oracle Academy Member Hub. Oracle Academy member educators representing the United States and Canada attended the event to learn how this new system can help facilitate teaching database, Java, data science and other critical computing education skills in a virtual or hybrid environment.  The new Oracle Academy Member Hub is a game changer for teaching in this new reality of online and hybrid learning. As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. Oracle Academy understands and values educators as partners who are empowered to facilitate innovative student learning in and outside the classroom. Not a member of Oracle Academy? Join today! (It’s FREE.) If you have any questions please contact us, and we can help!

This back to school season is different from any other; faculty and students face a situation in constant flux. Many faculty face a monumental task of teaching in multiple settings, whether it is...

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Oracle Academy North America celebrates member successes

  Oracle Academy understands and values educators as partners who help students learn, build, explore, and become innovators and leaders inside and outside the classroom. In this blog, we celebrate four Oracle Academy faculty members as a means to highlight best practice techniques when using Oracle Academy teaching and learning resources. Our first spotlight is on Richard Soderman, Assistant Professor of Computer Technology, Allegany College of Maryland (ACM). Located in Cumberland, Maryland, ACM’s computer technology program covers four disciplines: cybersecurity, programming, web development, and technical support. Soderman teaches several courses across these disciplines, including Database Design and Implementation, in which he uses Oracle Application Express (APEX) as a hands-on way to introduce students to Oracle Database. Read why Soderman believes that learning database design helps build analytical thinking skills for all types of careers. Our second spotlight is on Mike Collins, Professor of Computer Science, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), located in Jamestown, North Carolina. Professor Collins started employing Oracle Academy resources to help resource-challenged students. He teaches database design and programming to students pursuing degrees in computer science and information technology fields of study. Read how Professor Collins helps students access industry-standard curriculum, software, and online resources. Our third spotlight is on Maria Flores, Program Manager of Career Readiness for Houston Independent School District (HISD), Texas. Maria’s role is to help teachers prepare students for their futures in industry pathways such as manufacturing, health sciences, STEM and more. Read how Flores collaborates with Oracle Academy in training teachers to stimulate significant growth in computer science and computer programming education across one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. (And my hometown!) Our fourth and final spotlight is Brinder Soin, Computer Science and Mathematics teacher, Piscataway Township High School, New Jersey. Brinder has been teaching the basics of Java programming language since 2005, and is passionate about teaching Java as part of AP computer science courses and helping students earn Oracle certifications. Read how Brinder integrates Oracle Academy Java curriculum into high school courses and encourages industry certification. As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. We engage with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready. Not a member of Oracle Academy? Join today! (It’s FREE.) If you have any questions please contact us, and we can help!

  Oracle Academy understands and values educators as partners who help students learn, build, explore, and become innovators and leaders inside and outside the classroom. In this blog, we celebrate four...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy hosts virtual educator day for faculty in Jordan

In August 2020, Oracle Academy hosted our first virtual educator day for key and valued members from top Jordanian universities. The event was introduced by Raed Hajarat, Oracle Technology Sales Consulting Director, Country Leader Jordan – MEA, in association with our Oracle colleagues in Jordan who delivered three days of practical workshops on Oracle Cloud computing, learning how to build enterprise applications with Oracle APEX, and what Big Data analytics and data science are.  Thanks go to: Ghassan Qobrosi, Sr. Solution Engineer,  Data Management & Infrastructure,  MEA Salim Hlayel, Principal Product Manager Mutaz Ghanem, Sr. Solution Engineer, Business Analytic. We are grateful to these Oracle experts for sharing their time and expertise with educators. Representatives attended from: Al Hussein Technical University Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan Amman Arab University PSD Academy Tafila Technical University Yarmouk University The University of Jordan In addition to taking part in virtual workshops, educators from these universities had the opportunity to hear from the Oracle Academy team about the new Member Hub, a state-of-the-art, member-focused teaching and learning portal, which offers members of Oracle Academy teaching content in one location, including: Curriculum (plus quizzes and exams) Workshops, projects and labs Oracle Academy Education Bytes Oracle Academy Cloud Program  Oracle APEX Our members were very interested to hear that the Member Hub hosts over 350 different teaching resources, from full curriculum to Oracle Academy Education Bytes, which can be used by educators to engage students in computing, sparking curiosity while teaching critical knowledge and skills. Educators can use Oracle Academy modular curriculum and learning resources to help learners expand knowledge, develop skills, and innovate. William McCabe, Oracle Academy Senior Director for Member Education and Curriculum Development, hosted a demonstration of the free Oracle Academy Cloud Program as well. Through the program, educators and students can teach, build, learn, explore, and develop in the cloud. Thanks go to Ola Ramadan, Oracle Academy Country Manager, MENA, for running and organizing the event.

In August 2020, Oracle Academy hosted our first virtual educator day for key and valued members from top Jordanian universities. The event was introduced by Raed Hajarat, Oracle Technology Sales...

Latin America

SENA and Oracle Academy sign an alliance to train the IT professionals Colombia needs

With the aim of continuing to educate students and train them in digital skills, SENA signed a zero-cost alliance with Oracle on August 31, 2020, in Bogotá. Through this agreement, instructors and learners will be able to access the Oracle Academy educational platform, known for its variety and quality of tools that link technology with education. This alliance will benefit about 400 instructors and more than 40,000 students from 95 training centers in 31 regional areas on topics related to programming, web development and software development, with the aim of contributing to reducing the deficit of 62,000 professionals needed in information technology fields, as reported by MinTIC and the Colombian Federation of Software (FedeSoft). “We are committed to innovation, and we firmly believe that SENA is the entity that can lead Colombia to become a hub for innovation and technology development. When a country creates its own innovation, it promotes equality in its society, its economy grows, and it can speak of prosperity, but above all, it generates equity. We are very proud to be SENA's allies with Oracle Academy, and we want to contribute to the mission of training more developers precisely so that they bring all the innovation possible to organizations,” said Fabiano Matos, president of Oracle for Colombia and Ecuador. Since 2008, SENA and Oracle have worked together to benefit human talent development in the country. This recently signed agreement will impact programs in software programming, programming for data analytics, technologies in data analysis, and development of information systems. Learners in those fields will learn programming so they can develop projects and test them in the Oracle Cloud until viable products are achieved. “These alliances democratize access to first-rate knowledge and strengthen the competitiveness of our apprentices, allowing them to complement their training processes with skills that facilitate their insertion in the labor market, which is demanding qualified human talent that is at the forefront. Through the Oracle Academy platform, learners will learn to develop in Java, the number one programming language in the world, and other tools that are required for the creation of web applications,” stated Carlos Mario Estrada Molina, general director of SENA. According to a report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), by the year 2025, the software industry will employ more than 1.2 million programmers in Latin America. Through this type of alliance, SENA, with the support of leading companies in the sector such as Oracle, will provide the best tools to train the required human talent and generate infinite opportunities. Finally, to make the agreement official, a virtual historical signature was carried out between the general director of SENA and the general manager of Oracle. Onscreen, two avatars sealed this commitment to the youth, innovation, and education of the country.

With the aim of continuing to educate students and train them in digital skills, SENA signed a zero-cost alliance with Oracle on August 31, 2020, in Bogotá. Through this agreement, instructors and...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy resources now extended to academia members of the Nigeria Computer Society

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is the largest umbrella organization of all information technology professionals, interest groups, and stakeholders in Nigeria. On the August 11-13, 2020, Oracle Academy sponsored and participated in the society’s International Annual Conference, 2020 virtual edition. Around 60 percent of participants, both attendees and members of NCS, came from academia. Oracle Academy’s Sefunmi Fadahunsi-Durojaye and Danny Gooris (pictured) took part in the event as both speakers and panelists to present the Oracle Academy free program benefits and participate in discussions to promote e-learning and sustainable educational development. This event has now given Oracle Academy the opportunity to develop a sustainable collaboration with the academic population of the NCS to promote computer science education while providing free teaching and learning resources to educators. The student arm of NCS also now is able to engage and take advantage of free learning resources through future collaborations with NCS and Oracle Academy.   This conference sparked the start of engagements with educators and student members of NCS, who now can access Oracle Academy’s program benefits.  

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is the largest umbrella organization of all information technology professionals, interest groups, and stakeholders in Nigeria. On the August 11-13, 2020, Oracle...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy participates in the East Africa Global Peace Leadership Conference, 2020

On July 30 and 31, 2020, educators, IT leaders, and media professionals from East Africa and around the world explored new learning models and practices at the Global Peace Leadership Conference (GPLC). This exploration was both in response to the global pandemic, and to address shortcomings in technology and educational capacity that leave many youth behind. Oracle Academy’s Country Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sefunmi Fadahunsi-Durojaye, participated as a panelist in the “Transforming Education Track” of the conference. She shared knowledge of how Oracle Academy’s large range of learning and teaching resources can be leveraged, especially in a virtual learning environment, allowing educators and schools in remote areas to be innovators included into the global transition to online learning.  The latest of these resources is a new state-of-the-art, member-focused teaching and learning portal, the Oracle Academy Member Hub. The Hub offers members of Oracle Academy teaching content in one location, including: Curriculum (plus quizzes and exams) Workshops and labs Oracle Academy Education Bytes Oracle Academy Cloud Program,  Oracle APEX The two-day virtual conference brought together more than 1,600 multi-sector participants and over 60 speakers and thought leaders representing the public, private, and civil society sectors. These included peace practitioners and experts, educators, religious leaders, governmental stakeholders, corporations, NGOs, school administrators, and media representatives from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, India, USA, UK, European Union, and other countries. The Global Peace Leadership Conference is organized by the Global Peace Foundation, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission/Government of Kenya, and the Standard Media Group PLC. For more information: https://www.globalpeace.org/news/african-educators-collaborate-strategies-advance-learning-during-and-post-pandemic    

On July 30 and 31, 2020, educators, IT leaders, and media professionals from East Africa and around the world explored new learning models and practices at the Global Peace Leadership Conference (GPLC)....

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Teachers in Nigeria learn mobile application development using Java programming

  Oracle Academy recently sponsored the first-ever Virtual Code Week Nigeria, held July 6-17, 2020, and hosted by the Wifi Combat Academy. More than 200 teachers from across 13 states in Nigeria, including Lagos and Abuja, registered for the bootcamp event. This year’s event focused on the development of Android applications using the Java programming language. This built upon the previous and successive knowledge the teachers gained from past training on programming and database management in previous bootcamps. Each week started off with a preparatory webinar to assist participants in the download and installation of required components (Java Development kit, SDK and Android Studio ID). Over the course of each week, participants were led through a detailed training by the facilitators, who proved to be more than resourceful. By the end of each week, the participants developed basic Android applications. They were then further encouraged to register as members of Oracle Academy to continue their professional development training. In addition, participants were taken on a guided tour of the Oracle Academy Member Hub to learn how to access and navigate the interfaces themselves, alongside Quick Start Demonstration videos, which provided further guidance. Mrs. Bisi Ijimakinwa, a participant and one of the best teachers whose school had won several Oracle Students Hackathon competitions in previous years, thanked the organizers for the opportunity to learn better teaching methods. She mentioned that she had introduced her students to machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies as a result of previous training. “When students know what they can do with these applications, they create wonders,” she said. As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready. For more information: https://techcabal.com/2020/07/24/oracle-academy-partners-wificombat-academy-to-conduct-first-online-coding-training-for-teachers-across-nigeria/ https://techeconomy.ng/2020/07/oracle-academy-partners-with-wificombat-academy-holds-first-online-coding-bootcamp-for-teachers-across-nigeria/      

  Oracle Academy recently sponsored the first-ever Virtual Code Week Nigeria, held July 6-17, 2020, and hosted by the Wifi Combat Academy. More than 200 teachers from across 13 states in Nigeria,...

Asia Pacific

Oracle Academy hosts data science webcast for University of Engineering & Technology in Pakistan

Recently, Oracle Academy hosted a live webcast, “Data Science and Digital Entrepreneurship,” to students and faculty from the computer science department at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in Lahore, Pakistan. Atif Humayun Akhter, Senior Manager, Digital Enterprise Architect & Data Science, Oracle, delivered the 90-minute session, where he demonstrated the various features of data science available in cloud technology and introduced participants to the “data perspective”, data ecosystem, and Oracle Academy curriculum and learning resources focused on data science . Zeena Shabbir, MSc student at UET, said, “This session helped students to stay in touch with the latest technologies and will ultimately help Masters and PhD students to do quality work in their research.” Dr. Syed Khaldoon Khurshid, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, remarked, “I hope this session will be the starting point for a strong collaboration between UET and Oracle Academy for future academic endeavors." About Oracle Academy As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready. Learn more.

Recently, Oracle Academy hosted a live webcast, “Data Science and Digital Entrepreneurship,” to students and faculty from the computer science department at the University of Engineering and...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy Saudi Arabia virtually welcomes educators to the new Oracle Academy Member Hub

Oracle technology intern Nuha Alhabib, based in Riyadh, works closely with educators to introduce them to Oracle Academy’s free curriculum and teaching resources and member benefits. The latest of these is a new state-of-the-art, member-focused teaching and learning portal, the Oracle Academy Member Hub. The Hub offers members Oracle Academy teaching content in one location, including: Curriculum (plus quizzes and exams) Workshops and labs Oracle Academy Education Bytes Oracle Academy Cloud Program,  Oracle APEX Our members were excited to learn that they have access to these classroom resources and teaching materials, assessments and reporting tools. The new hub allows for customizable learning paths and student administration. It provides access to Oracle technology and applications software, open source software and environments, as well as access to all member benefits, discounts, and resources. “Educators can create channels to assign specific curriculum to their students and track their progress via reporting. The hub also provides educators with continuing professional education training and learning paths for themselves,” explains Nuha (pictured), who also recommends starting with the instructor guide and then exploring the catalogue for required topics. For further information, search the help section to start browsing!

Oracle technology intern Nuha Alhabib, based in Riyadh, works closely with educators to introduce them to Oracle Academy’s free curriculum and teaching resources and member benefits. The latest of these...

Latin America

MinTIC and Oracle Academy ally to deliver technological capabilities and skills to Colombia’s youth

In August 2020, Oracle Academy signed an agreement in Bogota with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, Colombia, to help the country’s students and their teachers learn technological skills essential for Industry 4.0. Oracle Academy will work with Colombia’s government on developing initiatives to reduce the existing gap in technology skills in the country. This pact represents the parties’ commitment to training youth in essential digital skills. With the Oracle Academy curriculum and teaching and learning tools, teachers and students will learn the Java programming language, which will allow them to develop essential skills such as solutions with artificial intelligence technology, machine learning, Internet of Things, and augmented reality, among others. Students also will be able to acquire database design and programming skills, which are essential to developing business applications. During the signing event, Mariana Palacios, an engineering student who took Oracle Academy courses, chatted with Minister Karen Abudinen about her experience as a developer and her dream of motivating more young people to undertake this same path: “I am excited to know that with this alliance, more young people will have great opportunities. I am excited to know that you as the minister, want to reach 100,000 youth. I hope that goal is short and that the opportunities reach millions. I can assure you that I am a case among millions of young people whose lives have been changed by Oracle.” The delivery of these capacities will directly support the objectives established by the government to achieve equity in the country. As Minister Abudinen noted: “Technologies help us to progress and provide a better future for young people. Oracle's support in the TIC 2022 Mission is essential to contribute to equity with better education, greater innovation, and more opportunities for the country’s youth.” Fabiano Matos, Oracle Colombia’s Managing Director, referred to the many aspects this agreement will contribute to the achievement of this goal, including reactivating the economy and boosting business in the digital age. Most importantly, it will help transform the lives of young people in Colombia. He expressed, “We have been present in this country for 30 years, and with this signature, we further ratify our commitment. This alliance with MinTIC pleases us because it commits us as an industry to deliver the best of our capabilities to meet the challenges of the country and help in the development of important objectives.” To make the agreement official, a virtual signature, a first of its kind in the country, was carried out between the Minister and the Managing Director of Oracle. Onscreen, two avatars sealed the commitment to the youth, innovation, and education of the country.

In August 2020, Oracle Academy signed an agreement in Bogota with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, Colombia, to help the country’s students and their teachers learn...

Latin America

INFOP introduces its first generation of teachers in technology

The National Institute for Professional Training (INFOP) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in a strategic alliance with Oracle Academy, recently presented the first generation of teachers trained in the Java programming language during a historic virtual graduation.     This is the first milestone of a partnership signed in February 2020 that aimed to prepare INFOP faculty to teach technology topics using Oracle Academy resources and curriculum, including Java and database programming. In August 2020, 27 teachers became ready to start delivering computer programming content to INFOP students, after completing 90 hours of virtual training in Java Fundamentals, Java Foundations, and Java Programming, all Oracle Academy curriculum provided free to the faculty. These teachers will now continue their training in other fields of technology such as databases, and then will train other faculty at INFOP. For Roberto Cardona, Executive Director of INFOP, “The alliance that has been established with a technology giant such as Oracle is one of the actions that meet the objectives for why INFOP was created, under a modernization scheme that has been promoted so that professional technical training in Honduras meets the demands of the 21st century.” The partnership with Oracle Academy represents a great opportunity for the faculty to obtain the knowledge to teach INFOP students the skills and abilities required by today’s careers. “Java is one of the most popular programming languages, ​​and learning how to program a computer in Java will open many doors to many young people, in companies or as independent application developers,” says Nelly Ivonne Murillo Hernández, an INFOP professor in San Pedro Sula. Oracle and Oracle Academy are proud to be part of this project to educate and prepare the innovators, leaders, and professionals of the future. Seeking to improve the quality of life for people across the globe like those in this community, and generate better opportunities for all, is not only a commitment, but a mandate. Leandro Ramírez, Oracle Vice President for Central America and the Caribbean, says, “These Oracle Academy trainings are essential to prepare the next generations of young people that will lead the organizations (public or private) of the future, and we have to ensure that we will be led by the best. That is why we prepare faculty for teaching hundreds of young people who already experience the world in a very different way from many of us.” The first generation of teachers notes that the knowledge they have acquired shows a great commitment to educate future generations. Kristian Alexander Portillo Montiel, INFOP Tegucigalpa Professor, explains: “Learning to program has become a necessity due to the high labor demand. We will foster students to continue expanding their knowledge, guiding them in the field of programming and preparing them for upcoming technological shifts.” His colleague Dasael Sandoval assures that, “Currently there are many companies and devices that use Java to provide services. This opens up a huge field of opportunity for any student taking this content.” Learning computer programming entails the development, in a very accelerated way, of other skills that are highly valued in all areas, such as creativity and innovation, the ability to solve problems, critical thinking, teamwork, creation and use of technology. All of these are essential to succeed in the digital world in which we live.

The National Institute for Professional Training (INFOP) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in a strategic alliance with Oracle Academy, recently presented the first generation of teachers trained in the...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Dedicated Italian educators attend Oracle Academy virtual database training

Working over the summer, at the end of July a group of dedicated Italian educators attended an intensive Oracle Academy virtual training, Database Design and Programming with SQL, over a five-day period.   Skipping traditional beach time, the educators concentrated on complex business scenarios and corresponding data models. These professors and all Oracle Academy members also are becoming familiar with the newly launched Oracle Academy Member Hub, a state-of-the-art learning management system hosting computing curriculum, classroom tools, and teaching and learning resources. Within the Member Hub, educators have access to a myriad of resources including self-study materials for Java, Oracle Autonomous Database, a wide range of Oracle and other software, Oracle APEX, as well as eligibility for discounts on all Oracle press books and on select Oracle certifications and Oracle University courses. For most attendees of this database course, the next step will be applying for the new Oracle Academy Cloud Program included in their free Oracle Academy membership. The program offers always-free access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute Virtual Machines, plus object storage, data egress, and other key application building blocks for teaching, learning, exploring, building, and developing in the cloud. These professors are finding plenty to discover over the summer! For more information, please contact Oracle Academy Italy.  

Working over the summer, at the end of July a group of dedicated Italian educators attended an intensive Oracle Academy virtual training, Database Design and Programming with SQL, over a...

Innovation

Duoc UC teaches its database courses using the Oracle Academy Cloud Program for 100% online cloud labs

Using the new free Oracle Academy Cloud Program, teachers and students are accessing the cloud and innovative technologies remotely for free. Since the end of May 2020, the School of Informatics and Telecommunications of the Duoc UC Professional Institute, Chile, which has more than 14,000 students preparing for different careers, began teaching database subjects solely in the cloud. The Cloud Program was implemented for classes that required database laboratories in the careers of Computer Engineering and Computer Programmer Analysis at the School of Computer Science and Telecommunications, since the students did not have physical access to them. The Oracle Academy Cloud Program has enabled teachers and students to access cloud services, anytime, anywhere, and completely free of charge, including Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and virtual machines (VM), and use them as a "remote laboratory” to teach, learn, explore, and build in the cloud. “In the past few months, we have been supporting Duoc UC to create and provision more than 50 teacher accounts so that they can teach their classes virtually and free to their students through the Oracle Academy Cloud Program. Providing access to the cloud and innovative technology such as Oracle Autonomous Database and VM opens a way for teachers and students to continue teaching and developing in computing careers, successfully and on time,” said Richard Delgado, regional director of Oracle Academy for Latin America and the Caribbean. "The work done with Oracle Academy has allowed us to make available to students the environments they need to advance in the subjects of databases. This is one of the measures we have taken to advance learning in the current situation of physical non-attendance,” noted Ximena Sibils, director of the School of Informatics and Telecommunications at Duoc UC. The Duoc UC School of Informatics and Telecommunications plans to expand and deepen the support that Oracle Academy provides, granting each of the students studying computing subjects—in 2020-21, nearly 5,500—an individual account so each has access to the Oracle Cloud Free Tier throughout their course of study. As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready. "Through this program, we provide the tools educators need to engage, inspire, and prepare students to become innovators and leaders of the future,” said Delgado. Duoc UC has been a member of Oracle Academy since 2013, engaging students to experiment and practice with the latest technologies, and supporting them to better prepare themselves to face the job market in the era of big data, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence.

Using the new free Oracle Academy Cloud Program, teachers and students are accessing the cloud and innovative technologies remotely for free. Since the end of May 2020, the School of Informatics and...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy wins Education Leaders and Responsible Business awards in Greece and Cyprus

Recently, Oracle Academy and Oracle Hellas won two awards in Greece, which now makes 18 awards won in 5 years. On June 29, 2020, the Education Leaders Awards 2020 recognized Oracle Academy with a Silver award in the category “Online & Distance Learning” and a Bronze award in the category “Lifelong Learning & Employability.” The awards were organized by Boussias Communications. Earlier in the year, the Hellenic Responsible Business Awards presented Oracle Academy and Oracle Hellas with two Bronze awards on February 24, 2020. The program’s contributions were recognized in the categories “Long term Investment (Local/Regional or National)” and “Education/Scholarships/Large Company.” These awards were organized by Boussias Communications under the auspices of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises. For the first time, Oracle Academy also was recognized in Cyprus, receiving the Silver award in the category “Technology for the Common Good – Digital Education & Skills” during the Cyprus Responsible Business Awards 2019 ceremony held in the Presidential Megaron in Nicosia, Cyprus, on October 10, 2019. The awards were organized by Boussias Communications and Dias Publishing Ltd. These awards respond to the Greek and Cypriot business communities’ need to showcase successful cooperation models that transform the face of the modern, sustainable entrepreneurship aiming at the common good. Since 2015, Oracle Academy has received more 18 awards for its contributions to the Greek educational system through the Education Leaders Awards, the Hellenic Responsible Business Awards, the Business IT Excellence (BITE) Awards, and the Bravo Sustainable Business Awards.      

Recently, Oracle Academy and Oracle Hellas won two awards in Greece, which now makes 18 awards won in 5 years. On June 29, 2020, the Education Leaders Awards 2020 recognized Oracle Academy with a Silver...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy participates in Edtech Summit 2 in Nigeria

Oracle Academy recently sponsored and participated in the second edition of the EdTech Summit, Nigeria’s largest summit connecting educators, innovators, and influencers in the education landscape of Nigeria. The summit, which usually is held annually in Abuja, Nigeria, transitioned into the virtual environment and took place June 29-30, 2020. The theme for the summit was ‘Emergency Response: Edtech for Teaching and Learning’ and was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria and Afritex Initiative. This theme was aimed at x-raying the current challenges with educational technology and their possible solutions. There was a session dedicated to exploring Oracle Academy’s program and benefits. This year’s summit attracted a number of notable speakers, including: Minister of State for Education Nigeria, Emeka Nwajiuba Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Nigeria, Isa Ali Pantami Covenant University Vice Chancellor, Remi Atayero Oracle Academy Program Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sefunmi Durojaye (pictured) Following the presentation by Sefunmi, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions, and relevant stakeholders in the education sector exchanged knowledge and shared experience and challenges. An outstanding feature of the summit was the virtual exhibitor booth that enabled interactions between interested participants and Oracle Academy. Staff further informed booth visitors about the Oracle Academy offerings, and how institutions, educators and students can access and use the free resources. Key takeaways from the summit: Private and public colleges in Nigeria are fast adapting to changes in the globe by adopting educational technologies for students’ continuous learning. The government resolved to partner more with private sector EdTech platforms like Oracle Academy to provide learning and teaching resources to institutions, educators, and students. The country can model itself after other countries that have a workable edtech framework. Oracle Academy is committed to providing FREE comprehensive teaching and learning resources alongside hands-on practice to members through resources such as Oracle Academy Education Bytes, alongside full curriculum offerings.

Oracle Academy recently sponsored and participated in the second edition of the EdTech Summit, Nigeria’s largest summit connecting educators, innovators, and influencers in the education landscape of...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy hosts live webinar on Oracle APEX to members in Africa

On July 6, 2020, Oracle Academy hosted more than 240 teachers and students to a live webinar, “Learn how to build enterprise applications with Oracle APEX.” Participants came from a range of academic departments, including computer science, engineering and non-IT related departments, and engaged in online-hosted hands-on labs. Salim Hlayel, Principal Product Manager, Oracle Application Express (APEX), delivered the technical sessions, which were four hours each. Each included a practical demonstration of applications development in Oracle APEX, and then participants had the opportunity to hone and practice their knowledge in three designated hands-on labs. Additionally, educators participated in an online demonstration on how to access Oracle Academy hands-on workshops, which make experiences with computing fun and engaging for students. Attendees also learned how to engage Oracle APEX as a teaching and learning tool to interest students with application development concepts in a real and meaningful way.  Oracle Academy provides members with a comprehensive range of learning resources, including the Oracle Application Express (APEX) Development Foundations course, which provides the curriculum to faculty to teach students the techniques and tools required to design, develop, and deploy database-driven web applications using Oracle APEX. Oracle Academy values educators as our partners who lead innovative student learning in and outside of the classroom, We are pleased to bring knowledge building events such as this webinar to our members.

On July 6, 2020, Oracle Academy hosted more than 240 teachers and students to a live webinar, “Learn how to build enterprise applications with Oracle APEX.” Participants came from a range of academic...

Asia Pacific

Educators across Asia and Oceania learn how to employ the Oracle Academy Cloud Program for teaching

Oracle Academy in India recently conducted a series of three live virtual sessions for its member institutions and educators. The virtual events were attended by over 1,900 educators from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and across Southeast Asia, and over to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Oracle Academy staff designed the events to enable educators to leverage the value of the Oracle Academy Cloud Program resources in their classrooms for their students. In particular, the sessions helped participants learn how to establish their Cloud Program accounts and how to use the ‘Always Free’ Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute VMs, object storage, data egress, and other essential building blocks needed to create applications on top of Oracle Autonomous Database. Educators learned how they easily can provision student accounts so that their classes are up and running in a cloud environment without the need to download, install, or maintain software or databases on premise. In addition, the sessions also covered ‘deep dives’ into some of the core curriculum topics available from Oracle Academy around Java, database, data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The audience attended presentations from some of Oracle’s primary experts in the region, including: Amitpal Dhillon, a Senior Product Manager; Sharath Babu Thirunagari, Director, Product Development; Ali Parvani, a Principal Java and GraalVM Solutions Consultant; Janet Uy, Big Data Analytics Consultant; and Lahiru Weerakoon, a Senior Solution Engineer. We thank these experts for lending their time and expertise to helping educators bring the latest in computing technology to their students. About Oracle Academy As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready. Learn more.

Oracle Academy in India recently conducted a series of three live virtual sessions for its member institutions and educators. The virtual events were attended by over 1,900 educators from India, Sri...

Asia Pacific

Oracle Academy supports Indonesian Ministry of Education & Culture with educator online professional development

The Ministry of Education & Culture (MoEC) Indonesia recently held online professional development events for secondary vocational school teachers from computer science departments. Seventy-five teachers from 33 provinces in Indonesia attended the Java Fundamentals, Java Foundations, and Database Foundations virtual training events from Oracle Academy to help them bring engaging content into their classrooms for their students. Programs in vocational and pre-professional high schools that fall under the MoEC are known as Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan, or SMK. This is formal vocational education at the secondary school level that prepares students to be career ready to enter the workforce.  The Director General of Vocational Education of MoEC Indonesia, Wikan Sakarinto, PhD, opened the program, commenting, “We really appreciate Oracle and all our stakeholders in helping to hold this event, in line with our teacher training program. As we know, SMK is one of the educational institutions that creates a skilled and competent workforce. We hope that through these trainings, the teachers can get experience and enhance their competence in teaching. SMK students need to be close to the industry so they can adopt not only the hard skills but also the soft skills, including understanding the culture.” Oracle Academy Japan & Asia Pacific Regional Director, Damian Haas, provided opening welcoming comments, saying, “Oracle Academy is pleased to be a central part of the Ministry’s program to enable educators across the vocational training sector. Our long partnership with the MoEC continues to expand its reach across Indonesia, helping teachers bring in-demand technologies and skills to their classrooms and students.” The training opening ceremony was attended by hundreds, including Oracle Indonesia Country Managing Director Davian Omas; Director of Partnership and Alignment of the Industrial World, MoEC Indonesia, Dr. Bakrun; all the training participants; Oracle Academy instructors, the MoEC team, and Oracle Academy team led by Nurul Huda. This was the first of a series of virtual training events that MoEC Indonesia plans to provide for secondary vocational school teachers across the country using technology and resources provided by Oracle Academy.

The Ministry of Education & Culture (MoEC) Indonesia recently held online professional development events for secondary vocational school teachers from computer science departments. Seventy-five...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy supports digital creativity award at Bulgaria Youth Startup Forum

More than 500 youth from across Bulgaria, who created their own student company or startup in the last 10 months, presented online their products and services during the five-day Youth Startup Forum "Rising Stars", which was held in Bulgaria from June 8 - 12, 2020. In total, 63 teams that participated in the “Training Company” program, and eight startups from the pre-accelerator program “Beyond,” presented or pitched their business ideas and companies to 40 jury members and competed for the awards “Best Study Company in Bulgaria” and “Best Student Startup in Bulgaria.” This year, Oracle Academy was a supporter of the category award “Oracle Academy Digital Creativity.” The student company “Bluteeth” won this award, which was presented to them by George Alexandrov, Oracle Bulgaria Country Senior Manager, Managing Director, ECEMEA Tech Named Sales. This team, comprised of 10th-graders from Peter Beron High School of Mathematics, Varna, Bulgaria, also won third place for “Best student company in Bulgaria.” Their prize was well deserved for their high-tech development product, a module that measures time and efficiency when people brush their teeth. The best student company of Junior Achievement Bulgaria for 2020 went to team “Calliope” from Vasil Levski High School, Karlovo. These young entrepreneurs from the Rose Valley of Bulgaria will represent the country in the “Company of the Year” competition, the international competition of Junior Achievement Europe. The product, developed by students, are “Kalimazing Chocolates,” chocolates filled with sugar-free rose syrup. The chocolates are a result of a closed production cycle, which begins with the care of a field of oil-bearing roses in the Karlovo region, planted for the last three years by the team members. Among the official guests at the closing ceremony of the Rising Stars were EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel, former president of Bulgaria Georgi Plevneliev, the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Tanya Mihaylova, and the executive director of the European Network of Junior Achievement, Salvatore Nigro. Oracle Academy salutes these innovative youth for their creativity and drive.  

More than 500 youth from across Bulgaria, who created their own student company or startup in the last 10 months, presented online their products and services during the five-day Youth Startup Forum "Ri...

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Oracle Academy and Croatian Java Users Association celebrate the 25th anniversary of Java

Oracle Academy in Croatia contributed to the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Java programming language in collaboration with the Croatian Java Users Association (HUJAK). Java experts delivered an online discussion on May 22, 2020, just a day before the "birthday of Java" and a day after the official Oracle celebration event, "Moved by Java." Representatives of the academic community on the discussion included: Prof. Dragutin Kermek, PhD, Vice Dean at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics in Varaždin, University of Zagreb Frane Urem, PhD, Vice Dean at the Polytechnic of Šibenik; and Branko Mihaljević, PhD, Research Associate at RIT Croatia, one of the global locations of Rochester Institute of Technology. They were accompanied by representatives of the IT Industry. Oracle was represented by Ivan Delić, Cloud Domain Sales Consultant from Oracle Croatia, and Ericsson was represented by Milan Ramljak, Senior System I&V Engineer at Ericsson Nikola Tesla. Representatives of the professional associations included Branko Mihaljević, one of the founders and President of HUJAK, who delivered a comprehensive keynote presentation; and Mr. Hrvoje Balen, member of the Board of the Algebra University College and Vice-President of the Croatian HUP-ICT Association, who spoke about the relevance of Java in both the Croatian and global technology industry. The vibrant discussion about the past, present, and future of Java, moderated by Darko Jureković, Oracle Academy Program Manager in Croatia, lasted longer than planned, which itself speaks about the relevance of Java as a development platform for both academia and the IT industry in Croatia. Panelists agreed that key takeaways from the discussion were the following: To address the deficit of skilled IT workers, and in particular, Java programmers in Croatia, a coordinated effort from all stakeholders is needed, starting with introducing STEM to children as early as possible in primary school, as was done recently by the curriculum changes in Croatia. This effort should encompass: production of course materials in Croatian language for vocational schools (a legal requirement), introduction of Java into programming competitions at all levels of education, and closer cooperation of both public and private colleges and universities with the IT sector. Last but not least, it must be highlighted to both students and professionals that IT careers require willingness and readiness for lifelong learning and professional development. The recording (in Croatian) is available for review on HUJAK website. Oracle Academy provides our members with comprehensive Java curriuculum resources and hands-on labs and projects for educators to use to teach Java programming to students and provide them with hands-on practice.

Oracle Academy in Croatia contributed to the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Java programming language in collaboration with the Croatian Java Users Association (HUJAK). Java...

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Vietnam educators employ Oracle Academy Cloud Program technology in their classrooms

As a part of Oracle Academy’s involvement in the BUILD-IT Alliance in Vietnam, educators from selected engineering and technology universities recently attended a virtual event hosted by Oracle Academy to introduce the Oracle Academy Cloud Program (OACP) and provide hands-on demonstration. Eighteen educators keen to understand the Oracle Academy Cloud Program attended the event and learned how they can connect to the Oracle Cloud free of charge to teach, explore and build. Oracle Academy Country Manager for Vietnam, Michelle Gao, provided attendees with an update on the latest Oracle Academy offerings, including the newly launched Oracle Academy Member Hub. A local speaker with rich Oracle Cloud experience, Binh Do from Oracle Vietnam, then delivered an in-depth presentation about the Oracle Academy Cloud Program, including demonstrations and how to request their free Cloud accounts and build ‘Always Free’ services on the cloud. As an Oracle Cloud expert for the Vietnam market, Binh also shared important information about Oracle Cloud case studies in Vietnam to inspire attendees to adopt the Oracle Academy Cloud Program in their classrooms. The BUILD-IT Alliance is a public-private ecosystem in Vietnam that supports educational quality and development at participating Vietnamese universities. Along with USAID and Arizona State University (ASU), Oracle Academy is a partner in the BUILD-IT project and supports these Vietnamese universities in the ongoing development of industry-relevant computing courses that prepare students for careers. Learn more in our video.

As a part of Oracle Academy’s involvement in the BUILD-IT Alliance in Vietnam, educators from selected engineering and technology universities recently attended a virtual event hosted by Oracle Academy to...

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Oracle Academy supports Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and IT in Fresh Graduate Academy, Digital Talent scholarship program

As part of Oracle Indonesia support for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Republic of Indonesia “Fresh Graduate Academy - Digital Talent Scholarship (FGA-DTS) Program 2020”, Oracle Academy recently delivered virtual ‘Train the Trainer’ events on Database for 45 educators from 30 universities, and on Java Programming for 62 educators from 37 universities. The FGA-DTS program aims to graduate university students with industry-relevant skills to help reduce the number of unemployed in the country, as well as meet the significant need for skilled technology workers. The goal is to create a balanced ecosystem to maximize the triple helix of government, industry and education to support digital economy facilitators and accelerators. The FGA-DTS objectives are in line with the Oracle Academy mission to advance computing education globally to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields and help educators make students career ready. Oracle Academy understands and values educators as partners who are empowered to help students learn both in and outside the classroom. Teaching teachers ‘how to teach’ computing skills with Oracle Academy learning resources requires access to the right tools. With Oracle Academy membership, these educators and their students get exactly that—core curriculum centered around Java and Database, plus access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Autonomous Database, Compute VM and more through the Oracle Academy Cloud Program—all free and available for individual learning, classroom teaching, and not-for-profit, academic, course- and degree-related research. As part of the FGA-DTS 2020 program, students who have studied and passed the Oracle Academy Database and Java Programming curriculum are able to sit for Oracle Professional Certification exams offered by Oracle University to demonstrate their knowledge and skills that is recognized by IT professionals and industry. Oracle Academy courses align to Oracle professional certifications, which help students differentiate themselves from the competition when applying to a graduate program, internship, job or promotion. Dedy Permadi, PhD, from Digital Policy and Human Resources, said, “The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology is grateful for the collaboration with Oracle Indonesia through Oracle Academy to hold the virtual Trainings for Trainers (ToT). The program will set a foundation for the upcoming offline FGA DTS program intended to upskill graduates in the IT sector, close skills gap, and fulfill the demand for digital talents in Indonesia.” Rizqy Ardiansyah, a professional trainer from Oracle Academy, led the virtual sessions. Comments from attendees were positive. Ahmad Ridha, an educator from the Computer Science Department, Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), said, “Participating in database training from Oracle Academy was a good learning experience for me, especially during the current situation requiring us to stay at home. The instructor delivered the materials effectively and communicated very well with the participants throughout the course. I look forward to utilizing the lessons learned for my classes. The students will benefit from getting to know the technologies used in the industry.” Dr. Imam Marzuki Shofi from UIN Syarif Hidayatullah attended the Java Programming training, and said, “…The curriculum is very complete, with fun learning, starting from the OOP concept using Alice 3D and Greenfoot 2D, to JDBC, Bytecode and ClassLoader. The instructor is an expert, so he was able to deliver it in a simple and easy way to understand. I highly recommend this for those who want to master Java programming.” Hafiyyan Sayyid, M. Kom, a computer science faculty member from the University of Indonesia who attended the Java Programming training, said, "Not only were we trained in how to create programs, but first we were trained in mindset by creating animations and simple games. This is suitable for people who are just learning programming. For those who are interested in extending their knowledge of Java programming, this material is suitable for use. Besides being trained to create programs according to your needs, you also are given a way to analyze and optimize the performance of Java programs.” About Oracle Academy As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready. Learn more.

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Oracle Academy North America offers robust virtual courses to educators through fall 2020

Now more than ever, virtual learning options developed by expert educators are critical resources that faculty need to keep learners engaged. To support member institutions and educators in meeting this need, Oracle Academy offers free, proven expert computing education curriculum. These curriculum resources focus on database, Java, Oracle cloud access, computing teaching and learning, software, and more—all free and available using only a browser. With a large push to move classes online and provide distanced learning, Oracle Academy provided a robust schedule of FREE educator professional development courses. These courses help educators take time to invest in their future by adding to their knowledge base.  Our Summer/Fall open class training schedule included the following courses: Database Foundations 13 sessions | August 18 –Sept. 29 | Tuesday and Thursday | 6:00-7:30 p.m. CST Programming with PL/SQL COMPLETED - 10 sessions | July 13–July 24 | Monday–Friday | 2:00-4:00 p.m. CST 15 sessions | Sept. 30–Nov. 18 | Tuesday and Wednesday | 6:00-7:30 p.m. CST Database Design and Programming with SQL COMPLETED - 10 sessions | July 6–July 17 | Monday–Friday | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CST Java Programming COMPLETED - 10 sessions | July 20–July31 | Monday–Friday | 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST 10 sessions | July 27–August 7 | Monday–Friday | 2:00-4:00 p.m. CST Java Foundations 13 sessions | August 10–Sept. 23 | Monday and Wednesday | 6:00-7:30 p.m. CST  (Not held on Sept. 7) We thank our educators who invested in their personal learning by attending these courses. Look for future courses soon! Also be sure to attend our regular webcasts on various tech topics. As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. Oracle Academy understands and values educators as partners who are empowered to facilitate innovative student learning in and outside the classroom. We engage with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready. Please note, educators must have an Oracle Academy Institutional Membership to access virtual professional education training. Not a member of Oracle Academy? Join today! (It’s FREE.) If you have any questions please contact us, and we can help!  

Now more than ever, virtual learning options developed by expert educators are critical resources that faculty need to keep learners engaged. To support member institutions and educators in meeting...

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Educators across North America attend virtual session on NetSuite cloud solutions

To help meet educators’ needs for engaging and robust virtual teaching assets, Oracle Academy offers member institutions and educators free expert computing education curriculum, access to Oracle Cloud and Autonomous Database, Java practice environments through Oracle APEX, technology and software, and other resources—all free and available using only a browser. On May 20, 2020, Tyra Crockett, Oracle Academy Sr. Marketing Manager for North America; NetSuite Center of Excellence Senior Director, David Gustovich; and Director, Ken Staresinic, delivered a virtual event to more than 160 registered attendees representing the United States and Canada. The seminar focused on NetSuite cloud solution, provided free to qualifying institutions and educators, with a focus on supply chain concepts. Attendees learned how to engage the NetSuite ERP cloud solution as a teaching and learning tool to intrigue students with supply chain concepts in a real and meaningful way. The presenters employed their valuable expertise as supply chain management practitioners to provide a live demonstration of the software as a service (SaaS) solution. They also participated in a Q&A session with faculty to help them as they prepare to provide students with hands-on ERP classroom experience. Oracle Academy understands and values educators as partners who are empowered to facilitate innovative student learning in and outside the classroom. Therefore, we offer access to the NetSuite cloud solution to postsecondary Institutional members who have experience or expertise in SaaS ERP, customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), or eCommerce products. As the world’s leading cloud-based business management software, NetSuite SaaS solutions prepare students for the business world by helping them build the key skills today’s employers seek. Not a member of Oracle Academy? Join today! (It’s FREE.) If you have any questions, please contact us and we can help!  

To help meet educators’ needs for engaging and robust virtual teaching assets, Oracle Academy offers member institutions and educators free expert computing education curriculum, access to Oracle Cloud...

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North America Oracle Academy members learn about teaching programming basics in a virtual environment

On April 14, 2020, North America Oracle Academy member educators had the opportunity to attend a live webinar, Using Alice to Teach Programming. The session offered an overview in teaching students Java programming basics in a virtual environment. Tyra Crockett, Oracle Academy Sr. Marketing Manager for North America, and Alice Project Executive Director, Eric Brown, presented a live webcast providing an overview of Alice and highlighting tips and tricks on how to engage students virtually using the software. More than 90 educators joined the webcast and experienced a demonstration of the tool, plus participated in a lively question and answer session on best practices. Additionally, educators learned how to access Oracle Academy hands-on workshops, which make first experiences with computing fun and engaging for students. These workshops allow educators to leverage best academic curriculum practices like project-based learning and assessment tools. Our Java workshops include Getting Started with Java using Alice, which teaches programming concepts through developing 3-D animations. Oracle Academy understands and values educators as partners who are empowered to facilitate innovative student learning in and outside the classroom. As part of our free resources, we offer access to Oracle Academy workshop resources to all Individual and Institutional members. Not a member of Oracle Academy? Join today! (It’s FREE.) If you have any questions, please contact us and we can help!  

On April 14, 2020, North America Oracle Academy member educators had the opportunity to attend a live webinar, Using Alice to Teach Programming.The session offered an overview in teaching students...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy supports Sprint Call Young4Young hackathon

Today more than ever, it is important to tap into the innovative and creative energy of our students. In recent years, our young people have shown resilience and creativity in reacting to the challenges of technological change, and they can guide us through future innovations. Stimulating them with challenges and encouraging innovation allows them to open up their minds to develop their needs and expectations. With this in mind, Oracle Academy launched the first Oracle Academy Sprint Call in Italy together with Diversity Opportunity SRL. Diversity Opportunity SRL specializes in projects focused on diversity and opportunity for university students and other youth. The Sprint is a hackathon that encourages students to design and implement an innovative communication plan on the Oracle database platform, provided free by Oracle Academy. The plan targets university students, with the idea of made by young people for young people. During the hackathon, 35 students will try their hand at the challenge using the database platform, with support from university professors and start-up companies that exemplify the rapid transmigration of the skills they have acquired with the platform, towards new professions opened up by the cloud and coding. Each group will have as a mentor one-university professor, one start-up mentor, and one Oracle staff mentor. The most effective and innovative project will be chosen by a jury of Oracle managers, university professors, and start-ups. The challenge will be amplified through the social channels and websites of universities and faculty groups. This is an exciting ongoing challenge that creates engagement, motivation, and passion for a world of new Oracle technologies, and promotes the free Oracle Academy program to universities, faculty, students, and start-ups. For more information, please contact the Oracle Academy Program Manager, Italy.

Today more than ever, it is important to tap into the innovative and creative energy of our students. In recent years, our young people have shown resilience and creativity in reacting to the...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy holds event at the eHOUG Virtual Conference in Hungary

The Hungarian Oracle Users Group (HOUG) conference has historically been the largest annual gathering of the Oracle community in Hungary. This year, the conference moved from its traditional, face-to-face mode, usually held in the picturesque city of Siofokin, Hungary, into the Zoom environment. This virtual conference took place April 28-29, 2020. Hosted by Eva Csilla Fazekas, Oracle University Manager, Oracle Hungary, the conference dedicated a whole afternoon to discussing the Oracle Academy program. In 2017, Oracle Hungary and the Governmental Information-Technology Development Agency in Hungary (GITDA or KIFÜ in Hungarian) signed a three-year-long partnership agreement. Under the agreement, a series of Oracle Academy training courses were provided to Oracle Academy members in the country through Oracle University’s main partner in Hungary, the Webváltó Kft. Company. With the agreement in place and interest in virtual teaching resources high, it is not surprising the online session attracted representatives of higher education institutions as well as vocational technical schools. In four consecutive sessions, Darko Jureković, Oracle Academy country manager, presented information on the Oracle Academy Cloud Program, with support by Norbert Reti, from People Come First Foundation, who provided detailed how-to instructions in Hungarian on how to register for free Oracle Academy membership. An overview of the EU-funded project led by KIFÜ was delivered by their project manager Lajos Megyeri. The conference wrapped up with an overview by Balázs Kiss from Webváltó of the Oracle Junior Program, a series of lectures organized jointly by Oracle Hungary, Eötvös Loránd University, Webváltó, and the People Come First Foundation. The recording of the conference will remain available to the participants and everyone interested in Oracle technologies and the free Oracle Academy program: https://youtu.be/j591hLKlU5c  

The Hungarian Oracle Users Group (HOUG) conference has historically been the largest annual gathering of the Oracle community in Hungary. This year, the conference moved from its traditional,...

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Oracle Academy preparing educators for the IT future in collaboration with Ministry of Education in Montenegro

It might be a good time to reflect on the outcomes of a 3-year long agreement that Oracle Academy signed with the Ministry of Education Montenegro. Over the three year partnership Oracle Academy committed to train 300 teachers from Montengro, however to date 355 teachers from Montenegro have been successfully trained through the delivery of over 15 training events, thanks to this agreement with Montenegrin Ministry of Education, and their support. The initial trainings were a combination of virtual and in-class events, and recent training events finished fully online, to allow teacher to learn from home in accordance with the current circumstances. As a result of this collaboration teachers were able to attend Oracle Academy training classes from a variety of curriculum in technologies including Database Foundations, Database Design and Programming with SQL, Java Fundamentals, Java Foundations and Java Programming. As a next step students taught by these teachers will be encouraged to complete the Oracle Certified Junior Certification in Database or Java Foundations for a successful start to their professional life. Students will receive hands-on experience with the latest technologies, helping to make them college and career ready in the digital era. Montenegrin Minister of Education, Dr Damir Šehović said: “We are especially proud that our partner is Oracle, one of the global leaders in software production, whose mission is to improve education in the field of computer science through the Oracle Academy.   Oracle Academy supports  3,5 million students and nearly 12.000 institutions in 120 countries, and since 2018, Montenegro has been there as well. We were together improving education in the field of computer science in Montenegro, and helped students and teachers to first acquire knowledge, and then using it create something completely new, which will help them in teaching.“       

It might be a good time to reflect on the outcomes of a 3-year long agreement that Oracle Academy signed with the Ministry of Education Montenegro. Over the three year partnership Oracle Academy...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy holds its first Virtual Educator Day in Italy

The first Oracle Academy Virtual Educator Day for Italy opened on May 12, 2020, hosted by panelists: Oracle Academy Senior Marketing Manager Orlaith Lawton, based in Dublin Oracle Academy Program Manager, Italy, Roberta Battagli Special guest Claudio Palucci, Oracle Principal Solution Engineer, based in Rome Battagli introduced educators to Oracle Academy’s free resources to teach and learn computing. This includes curriculum centered around Java and database,  learning resources, Oracle cloud technologies, software and applications, support, and professional certification resources. Claudio, a regular contributor to Oracle Academy programs, walked attendees through “Un viaggio nella tecnologia insieme ad Oracle,” a journey into technology with Oracle. This historical journey covered the origins of the database to the technology of today and the future, including Exadata Database Machines. We particularly wish to thank Claudio for sharing his expertise and for his continued support for Oracle Academy in Italy! The online event can viewed in full here. As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready. Oracle Academy membership is free to educators and institutions. In Italy, Battagli is happy to support academic institutions that wish to apply for membership for themselves and their educators. For further information, please contact Oracle Academy Italy.  

The first Oracle Academy Virtual Educator Day for Italy opened on May 12, 2020, hosted by panelists: Oracle Academy Senior Marketing Manager Orlaith Lawton, based in Dublin Oracle Academy Program...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy members in Saudi Arabia learn about cloud with Oracle experts

On April, 20, 2020, Saudi Arabian Oracle Academy educator members had the opportunity to attend a live webinar, First Hyperscale Cloud in Saudi Arabia is Here. Cloud Platform expert Nizar Al Toraif let educators know that the wait to move to the cloud is over. Oracle has been deploying its generation 2 cloud infrastructure in data center regions across the world to ensure application availability. He explained that  low-latency and high-bandwidth interconnect enables zero-data-loss architectures for applications like Oracle Database and high availability for scale-out technologies like Cassandra. The attendees also heard from Oracle experts on how to: - Understand how Oracle cloud is different by design - Get fast, non-blocking, predictable cloud performance - Protect existing investments and build new, cloud native applications Educators learned how they could access the benefits of Oracle Cloud Free Tier through the Oracle Academy Cloud Program, a free resource for Oracle Academy Institutional members. The Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides always-free access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute Virtual Machines (VM), object storage, data egress, and other key tools so educators and students can learn, build, and explore in the cloud.  These resources can be accessed with support from the local Oracle Academy program manager and business development representative, Najla Alkebsi, who also advised members of additional resources they can access.

On April, 20, 2020, Saudi Arabian Oracle Academy educator members had the opportunity to attend a live webinar, First Hyperscale Cloud in Saudi Arabia is Here. Cloud Platform expert Nizar Al Toraif let...

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Oracle Academy and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) launch short online courses

The National Open University of Nigeria is a federal open and distance learning institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-Sahara region. It is Nigeria's largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers, and is popularly referred to as 'NOUN'. On May 12, 2020, a collaboration between NOUN and Oracle Academy was launched via a virtual video conference. In attendance were: NOUN Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu The Federal Ministry of Education, represented by Director Abubakar Isah, Head, Department of Computer Science Dr. Vivian Nwaocha Also in attendance were other directorates of the University from Academic Planning, Learner Support Services, Learning Content Management Systems, Management Information Systems, plus 717 students. NOUN and Oracle Academy will continue to develop the adoption of Oracle Academy’s full computing curriculum, Oracle Academy Education Bytes, and other resources and tools into their curricula. The university also will develop short courses adapted from Oracle Academy’s resources. These courses also will be extended to non-computing students, with the sole aim of graduating career-ready students. Being an open and distance learning institution gives NOUN an experienced edge as it continues to develop and enhance its teaching resources, which always have been virtual. These short courses will be rolled out to students in May, starting with the introduction of Oracle Academy’s ‘Java Fundamentals’ course. The students will have the excellent support of the NOUN faculty, who previously were trained by Oracle Academy in 2019. NOUN Vice-Chancellor Uba Adamu urged all the directorates to mandate every educator to convert fully to online facilitation and embrace the virtual classroom as they also adopt Oracle Academy curriculum to engage students across multiple disciplines in the university. Educators and students who attended the launch shared their enthusiasm and interest about this new development. All parties are now working diligently to execute set goals.

The National Open University of Nigeria is a federal open and distance learning institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-Sahara region. It is Nigeria's largest tertiary institution in...

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Knowledge Builder webinars in Middle East and North Africa bring educators together online

Oracle Academy in the MENA region remains actively engaged with key universities and their faculty members who are taking advantage of our hosted educator resources while university campuses are closed and students are learning online. We were pleased to run a series of webinars for Institutional members with the support of our Oracle colleagues and technical experts from the Oracle Presales Teams managing the Gulf region.   Elias Bou Hanna, Senior Solutions Consultant, Core Tech Presales, for EMEA was the keynote speaker in the first virtual Oracle Academy Knowledge Builder event. This session was the first in a series of events dedicated to supporting faculty from member universities: Higher Colleges of Technology – Oman Sultan Qabous University – Oman Higher Colleges Technology and Abu Dhabi University – UAE Qatar University-Qatar Kuwait University – Kuwait Oracle Academy members remain keen to update their technical knowledge on subjects such as the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and APEX (Oracle Application Express), for example, and to learn how to integrate technologies and solutions into their curricula using the free hosted online and accessible resources available through Oracle Academy. Two virtual sessions ran on April 28 and 30 covering the topics: Cloud Computing—Getting Started with OCI Oracle Academy Cloud Program   Creating a Database Application with Oracle APEX Oracle Academy Curriculum, Database Pathway—Oracle Application Express – Application Development Foundations Members also learned more about the advantages of using Oracle Academy Education Bytes, which provide students access to short, flexible learning modules that teach new concepts and enhance existing knowledge and skills, problem solving, creativity, and learning retention. More than 30 Education Bytes provide self-directed, diverse learning experiences at all skill levels in programming, database, data science, big data, Java, SQL, PL/SQL, Map/Reduce, R, Hadoop, and much more. All Education Bytes include a content synopsis, recommended prerequisite knowledge and skills, level of difficulty, target age group, and any required software or equipment. Thank you to Elias Bou Hanna and to Waleed Hosny, Solutions Engineering Director, for their valuable help and support. We greatly appreciate them sharing their knowledge and expertise to engage Oracle Academy member educators and to Ola Ramadan the Oracle Academy Program manager for MENA for organizing the events.  

Oracle Academy in the MENA region remains actively engaged with key universities and their faculty members who are taking advantage of our hosted educator resources while university campuses are...

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Educators across Asia Pacific attend virtual session on Oracle Academy Cloud Free Tier

Teachers need robust virtual learning assets to keep students moving forward and engaged in their courses. To meet this need, Oracle Academy supports member institutions and educators by offering free, proven expert computer science curriculum, cloud access, computing teaching and learning resources, software, and more—all free and available using only a browser. Michelle Gao, Oracle Academy country manager for Australia/New Zealand and Oceania, together with Danny Tomic, Oracle Academy program manager, recently delivered a virtual event on the new Oracle Academy Cloud Program to more than 100 educators from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, and Nepal. The faculty were shown how to sign up and register themselves and their students to use the always free cloud services offered through Oracle Academy, making it easy for them to teach their students database, Java and other technologies without relying on install-based software in the classroom. Jian Li, Oracle Academy principal instructor, then went on to describe and demonstrate the range of online learning resources, including Oracle Academy Education Bytes big data and data science hands-on labs via the online resource center. The Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides Oracle Academy Institutional members with always-free access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute Virtual Machines (VM), object storage, data egress, and other essential building blocks and developer tools needed to create applications so educators and students can learn, build, and explore in the cloud. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across the diverse and vibrant APAC region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its Asia Pacific membership as they build the best computing education courses for students using Oracle Academy resources.  

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Educator in Italy takes advantage of the Oracle Academy Cloud Program in her virtual classroom

The new Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides Oracle Academy Institutional members with always-free access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute Virtual Machines (VM), object storage, data egress, and other essential building blocks and developer tools needed to create applications so educators and students can learn, build, and explore in the cloud. Professor Simona Benigno, computer science teacher at ITIS Enrico Fermi High School, Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Rome, Italy, details how she is using the cloud program in her virtual classroom.  Professor Benigno  noted that, “My motto has always been ‘lifelong learning.’ Smart working, video lessons, study, updating, and continuous professional learning are the best weapons to combat this period of uncertainty as we work from home, and allow us to move forward with confidence,” she notes. “As a ‘practitioner’ teacher and active member of Oracle Academy, I carefully follow the Oracle Academy training and news. For some months now, we teachers have been able to request accounts for the Oracle Academy Cloud Platform,” she says. “I have undertaken self-training, and I can say that the platform is technically very interesting for me and my students. Having started immediately by testing the different features, I am now sure that the platform will help teachers to face the world of cloud with their students.” Students the age of legal majority and older also have access to Oracle cloud through the program. Educators easily can provision student accounts, and classes are up and running in a cloud environment without the need to download, install or maintain software or databases. Access to Oracle Academy database curriculum also is available in multiple languages. Through the program, teachers and students enjoy always free access to developer tools including Oracle Application Express (APEX) for low code Web application development, SQL Developer Web for working with Oracle Autonomous Databases, SQL Notebooks for Machine Learning, Oracle REST Data Services for web interfaces, and Oracle Instant Client for the most popular programming languages. For teaching and learning, they can learn new technologies including Autonomous Database, Compute VM, Linux, AI/ML, and digital assistants, and develop in SQL, NoSQL, APEX, Java, Node.js, Python, PHP, and Ruby.  

The new Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides Oracle Academy Institutional members with always-free access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute Virtual Machines (VM), object...

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Oracle Academy Club in Romania goes virtual

The Oracle Academy Club in Romania provides a link between students from key universities and their future careers by providing them with an environment for learning valuable skills and giving them a taste of what it’s like to work at a large technology leader. Over the past five years, this ambitious cross-Oracle project took place in the Oracle Bucharest office, with more than 60 students having completed it successfully to date. Watch a video on the program here. This years’ club started in November 2019 and is due to complete in May 2020. Twenty students were selected to participate from Oracle Academy member universities in Bucharest: Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Politehnica University of Bucharest, University of Bucharest, Romanian-American University, Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest. The students attended workshops every week on various topics such as operating systems, database, WebLogic, Java, and soft skills related to careers. Each workshop is delivered by Oracle staff who are experts in their field. For this year’s club, the Oracle team who volunteered to train the students were: Marius Busuioc, Can Tepebag, Diana Ferreyra, Razvan Neacsu, Cosmin Petre, Octavian Arsene, Alexandra Patrascu, Victor Maghiari, and Bogdan Petcu, who also coordinates the project. The students take part in a weekly scrum meeting with Bogdan to simulate a real work environment and talk about the progress of their projects.  Now, with university campuses closed and Oracle staff working from home, the clubs have transitioned to a virtual environment. “The students this year are focused and determined; they take projects seriously and have shown excellent work even in a remote setting, and even working during the university Easter holiday, which never happened before. I was unsure how feasible it was to run the program remotely, but today I am happy I continued. I think that more than at any time in the past five years, our Oracle Academy Club members value our efforts,” said Petcu. “We have a very good mix of students who soon will be seeking permanent employment in the industry. In most years their success is a given due to high demand in the local job market coupled with their talent and education. Usually our program makes the difference in enabling students to find good jobs that they love and want rather than just any jobs available, Petcu said. “In 2020, however, we are making another kind of difference, a much less subtle and much more important one. With doubling unemployment in the last 30 days and youth unemployment over 10 percent in March, this year I estimate the difference we will make is students finding a job as they graduate, as opposed to when the global economy will recover,” he noted. Oracle Academy is grateful to our colleagues at Oracle for volunteering to work with these students and making the Oracle Academy Club a success in a challenging and changing environment—supporting the idea that the best investment we can make for the future is in education. Good luck to all the students including Darii Valeria (pictured)        

The Oracle Academy Club in Romania provides a link between students from key universities and their future careers by providing them with an environment for learning valuable skills and giving them a...

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Oracle Academy offers free engaging virtual teaching and learning resources for educators and students

Now more than ever, virtual learning options developed by expert educators are critical resources that teachers need to keep learners engaged. Oracle Academy continues to support its member institutions and educators with essential 21st century curriculum, teaching and learning resources, software, and tools—all free and available using only a browser. Institutional membership in Oracle Academy is free, and offers institutions and educators a wealth of benefits, including robust and engaging curriculum centered on Java and database, developed by educators and mapped to international standards—plus Oracle Academy Education Bytes, workshops, and much more. In addition to curriculum and teaching resources, all easily accessible online in our learning management system, Oracle Academy offers free professional education and training, so educators can keep up on the latest technology and share their knowledge with students. Moving institutions to the cloud for virtual learning Oracle Academy is proud to collaborate with educators worldwide to provide virtual professional education and training on the free Oracle Academy program and the latest technology. In turn, many attendees take part in “train the trainer” programs in which they share their knowledge with other educators. For example, the new Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides Oracle Academy Institutional members with always-free access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute Virtual Machines (VM), object storage, data egress, and other essential building blocks and developer tools needed to create applications so educators and students can learn, build, and explore in the cloud. The University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji joined a virtual workshop on how to use the new Cloud program to enhance its educator and student experience in classrooms across the Pacific. USP is the first Oracle Academy Institutional member in Fiji, and offers programs through distance and flexible learning throughout its 14 campuses across the Pacific Islands. Oracle Academy is working with the university to provide the foundational computer science courses that impart relevant computing knowledge and industry skills. Michelle Gao, Oracle Academy country manager, and Jian Li, Oracle Academy principal instructor, provided educators with an online demonstration on how to sign up and register themselves and their students to use the cloud for classroom learning. In the same way, in Chile, Duoc UC, a non-profit, private higher education institution and a long-time member of Oracle Academy, is using the cloud program to provide teaching continuity to 6,000 computer science students. The program is supporting and training faculty to teach database modeling, database programming and other courses, helping them to deliver the courses remotely and using the cloud as a lab for students to practice, complete projects, and work on other tasks. At the University of Kansas Business School of Business, Analytics and Information Systems, academic areas are leveraging the new cloud program to teach students in new and interesting ways. Faculty use the Oracle Cloud Autonomous Database, Oracle Analytics Cloud, and Oracle R Studio to teach students how to manage, analyze, and visualize data. To learn about these technologies, students watch asynchronous short mini lectures with videos from faculty, Oracle experts, and other partners. They then access these Oracle products via the Oracle Academy Cloud Program from anywhere to complete their assignments. This has allowed students to make the required shift to the temporary online delivery of classes much more rapidly while minimizing the effect on the quality of their education. Providing online professional education to teachers worldwide The Ministry of National Education in Turkey (MoNE) recently launched a “distance education” program for teachers to support their professional and personal development. The ministry will open 17 virtual professional development training programs on various computing topics aligned with the country’s 2023 Education Vision. The training programs are accredited by UNESCO National Commission of Turkey. As part of this program, Oracle Academy is delivering Java Foundations and Database Foundations virtual training to 53 teachers across Turkey through May 2020, coordinated by Oracle Academy country manager Sena Aydogan. In Serbia, educators from numerous institutions successfully completed online Database Foundations training in March 2020 with Oracle Academy instructor Dusa Vukovic. These teachers are now prepared to teach courses in the subject and earned continuing professional development hours. Also in March, in Italy Oracle Academy held a virtual Programming with PL/SQL course for 23 educators, organized by Oracle Academy program manager Roberta Battagli. In Indonesia, Oracle Academy held a two-week long virtual training in database for 45 educators from top private and government universities in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and IT as part of its Fresh Graduate Academy, Digital Talent Scholarship. Additionally, 250 teachers in the country attended a live virtual interactive tour of the upcoming Oracle Academy Member Hub, which will offer members and students a cloud-based, sophisticated technology platform for teaching and virtual learning. The presentation was conducted in the local language by Nurul Huda, Oracle Academy country manager. Both educators and students had the opportunity to attend Knowledge Builder seminars in Latin America presented in Spanish and Portuguese by Oracle experts on topics including cloud, big data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, machine learning, and more. For students, Oracle Academy celebrated the global Girls in ICT event in April by holding a virtual Girls in ICT week event all across Latin America. The event, which welcomed young women students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico, featured Oracle and Oracle Academy women leaders as inspiring speakers who shared personal stories about their career paths and working in tech. On a continuous basis, Oracle Academy collaborates with our valued institutional members and educators around the globe. We thank you for joining us in our mission to advance computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. Learn more at academy.oracle.com.

Now more than ever, virtual learning options developed by expert educators are critical resources that teachers need to keep learners engaged. Oracle Academy continues to support its member...

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Oracle Academy bringing Cloud to University of South Pacific Classrooms

As a member of Oracle Academy’s philanthropic program, the University of the South Pacific (USP), based in Fiji, recently joined a virtual workshop on how to use the Oracle Academy Cloud Program to enhance their educator and student experience in classrooms across the Pacific.   USP is the first Oracle Academy Institutional member in Fiji, and offers programs through distance and flexible learning in a variety of modes and technologies throughout its 14 campuses across the Pacific Islands. It offers a wide range of academic programs and courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Oracle Academy is working with the university to provide the foundational computer science courses that impart relevant computing knowledge, industry skills, and confidence students need to take the next step into the workplace. Michelle Gao, Oracle Academy manager for Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania, and Jian Li, Oracle Academy principal instructor, provided educators from the School of Computing, Information, and Mathematical Sciences with an online demonstration on how to sign up and register themselves and their students to use the cloud for classroom learning. The Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides access to Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute Virtual Machines (VM), object storage, data egress, and other essential building blocks and developer tools needed to create applications on top of Oracle Autonomous Databases. Gao and Li also provided the faculty with expert guidance on how to best use the teaching resources available to them from Oracle Academy. Dr. Vani Vasudevan, a Lecturer and Program Leader at the School of Computing, Information, and Mathematical Sciences, was particularly interested in the new Oracle Academy Cloud Program. “This is a great opportunity to increase our knowledge base with practical exposure to various services offered by the Oracle Academy Cloud Program. We are indeed proud to be a pioneer in exploring and using this program. We appreciate Oracle Academy for lending their constant support to academia, and in particular, the USP,” she said. The Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides Institutional members with access to the new Oracle Cloud Free Tier. The program provides Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as ‘Always Free’ services for educators and students to learn, build, and explore in the cloud free of charge and tailored to the unique requirements of educational institutions and educators. Educators receive training to teach students about Oracle Autonomous Database, which delivers unprecedented availability, performance, and security to drive innovation. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across the diverse and vibrant APAC region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its Asia Pacific membership as it builds the best computing education courses for students.

As a member of Oracle Academy’s philanthropic program, the University of the South Pacific (USP), based in Fiji, recently joined a virtual workshop on how to use the Oracle Academy Cloud Program to...

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Oracle Academy and Ministry of National Education in Turkey collaborate on virtual teacher trainings

The Ministry of National Education in Turkey (MoNE) recently launched a “distance education” program for teachers to support their professional and personal development while in-person education in all schools has been suspended for the remainder of the year. Within the scope of the program, the ministry will open 17 virtual professional development training programs for teachers on various topics in informatics in alignment with the 2023 Education Vision in Turkey. The training programs are accredited by UNESCO National Commission of Turkey and were created in collaboration with different international organizations and institutions, universities, academics and civil society organizations. As part of this program, Oracle Academy, in collaboration with MoNE, General Directorate of Teacher Training and Education, is delivering its Java Foundations and Database Foundations virtual trainings to 53 teachers across Turkey. The courses will support improving their knowledge and skills on Java programming and database concepts. The trainings began on April 6, 2020, and will be completed by May 7, 2020. Upon successful completion of the course trainings, the teachers will receive course completion certificates. Oracle Academy is proud to continue to provide robust virtual online computing education resources for the professional development of teachers across Turkey and to support the Ministry of National Education in Turkey’s strategic objectives.    

The Ministry of National Education in Turkey (MoNE) recently launched a “distance education” program for teachers to support their professional and personal development while in-person education in...

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Educators in Serbia work and learn online from home with Oracle Academy

Serbian educators from numerous institutions within the country successfully attended and completed their Database Foundations training online with Oracle Academy on March 14 and 15, 2020.  Experienced Oracle Academy instructor Dusa Vukovic is busy working from home, ensuring Serbian and Montenegrin teachers can successfully complete their training in Java and database from home so they’re prepared to teach courses in these subjects.  The educators successfully attended the final part of their Database Foundations training, despite the short notice in a change of format from an in-class to virtual training event.  Thanks to Dusa (pictured) for her extraordinary engagement and hard work to ensure that each of the 21 teachers who connected to the online session successfully finished all the projects and exams. The educators not only earned their certificates of completion, but also valuable continuing professional development hours. They now are fully equipped to teach Database Foundations content to their students—also online. The schools involved in the program included: High schools: Sesta beogradska gimnazija Ekonomsko trgovinska skola Beograd Ekonomsko trgovinska skola Pristina ETS “Stari grad“ ETS “Mija Stanimirovic“ Gimnazija “Milos Savakovic“ Gimnazija Smederevo Knjazevacka gimnazija Matematicka gimnazija Politehnik skola za nove tehnologije Prva tehnicka skola Skolski centar Nikola Tesla STS Mihajlo Pupim Tehnicka skola “9. maj“ Tehnicka skola Beograd Primary schools: OS “Sveti Sava“ OS Trajko Stamenkovic Osnovna skola Sestre Pavlovic Osnovna skola Vladislav Ribnikar Working together in challenging times, educators can continue learning and teaching, as the Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides access to the Oracle Cloud Free Tier and offers educators and students the "anytime, anywhere" classroom in the cloud, meaning they can access teaching, learning and development materials using just an internet browser. We are proud of our Oracle Academy educators for their flexibility and dedication to teaching computing to help students succeed in achieving their dreams.

Serbian educators from numerous institutions within the country successfully attended and completed their Database Foundations training online with Oracle Academy on March 14 and 15, 2020.  Experienced...

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Oracle Academy offers free online resources for educators and students to access from home

We are facing unprecedented times, and educators across the globe are needing to adapt rapidly to new teaching challenges. Virtual learning has become the new norm and is necessary for the well-being of educators and students. Distance learning options and robust online learning resources play a critical role in educational institutions providing ongoing support for both educators and students. Oracle Academy continues to support its member institutions and educators through our 21st century curriculum and learning materials and tools, all available using only a browser. Institutional membership in Oracle Academy is free, and offers institutions and educators a wealth of benefits, including robust curriculum developed by educators and mapped to standards, software, and free learning materials. Learning assets include the following. Workshops  Oracle Academy hands-on workshops make computing fun and engaging, and offer a sample of Java- and database-centered computing to students. They include: Java workshops Java workshops introduce beginning learners to object-oriented programming using drag and drop interfaces to create 3D animations and 2D games and interact with the Finch Robot. Getting Started with Java Using Alice is designed for students with little or no programming experience and teaches basic Java programming concepts through developing 3-D animations in Alice 3.1.  8 Hours Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot engages students who understand basic programming concepts to create 2-D games using Java.  16 Hours Programming the Finch Robot in Greenfoot encourages students who have completed Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot to program an interface that makes the Finch Robot interactive using its light, proximity, and temperature sensors using Java in Greenfoot.  8 Hours Programming the Finch Robot in Java encourages students who have completed the Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot and Programming the Finch Robot in Greenfoot to program an interface that makes the Finch Robot interactive using its light, proximity, and temperature sensors using Java.  8 Hours Database workshop Solve It with SQL introduces databases to beginners, challenging students to play the role of a superhero and solve a series of crimes using a cloud-based database development environment.  8 Hours Curriculum To engage students in computer science, educators need rigorous, robust academic curriculum that sparks curiosity while teaching critical knowledge and skills. Educators can use our modular curriculum and learning resources to help learners expand knowledge, develop skills, and innovate. Our free curriculum and learning resources focus on database and Java, and are available in multiple languages, with exams, quizzes, and answer keys to show evidence of learning, plus How To Guides. All courses are available to Institutional members through the Oracle Academy learning management system platform. Courses include: Java Fundamentals | Java Foundations | Java Programming | Artificial Intelligence with Machine Learning in Java | Database Foundations | Database Design and Programming with SQL | Programming with PL/SQL | APEX – Application Development Foundations Additionally, the Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier to Oracle Academy Institutional members and their students. Member educators and their students can use the cloud for classroom learning, with access to always-free Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute Virtual Machines (VM), object storage, data egress, and other essential building blocks needed to create applications on top of Oracle Autonomous Databases. Plus, numerous Oracle Academy Education Bytes offer diverse learning experiences that reinforce key concepts and include hands-on labs, projects and challenges, and videos and presentations. Freely Accessible Resources For students, whether or not their institution is a member of Oracle Academy, a free online resource library is available, offering a variety of forums, sites, and learning materials. Plus, we collaborate with the Oracle Dev Gym, which offers fun individual workouts, quizzes and classes focused on Java and database that help students keep knowledge fresh.  The mission of Oracle Academy is to advance computing education globally to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. As part of Oracle corporate social responsibility efforts, we support communities around the world by making available free education resources to help educators make students college and career ready and to become digital innovators and leaders. Please join us.

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Oracle Academy supports Digital Girls Sofia, Bulgaria

On February 9, 2020, a “Digital Girls” event supported by Oracle Academy took place in the Junior Achievement StartUp Hambar in Sofia Tech Park. The event was attended by 30 young women ages 18 to 29 who are interested in IT, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.  Our thanks to our Oracle Bulgaria colleagues (pictured) who gave inspiring presentations during the event: Velina Topalova - Public Sector Account Manager Daniela Milanova - Cloud Technology Customer Advisor Nadia Lazarova - Principal CX Consultant Our Oracle colleagues shared their experience and explained the personal and professional skills and traits they needed to succeed in business. The event offered a collaborative and friendly atmosphere, with the presenters from Oracle adopting an open approach to invite audience participation while providing valuable guidance and advice based on their personal experience, which was really appreciated by the girls attending the event. Following these great presentations, there was an hour of questions and answers where these girls, living in today’s digital world, shared their common challenges, ideas, experience and knowledge. In Bulgaria, activities and events where students have the opportunity to meet with working professionals and practitioners are rare, and the students were eager to attend and discuss their futures with experienced practitioners and obtain relevant advice from industry professionals. “Digital girls” is a very special and valuable event, and our “Oracle digital girls” and the Oracle Academy team agreed that this is a first but not last event of this kind. We thank our Oracle volunteers for sharing their valuable time and knowledge.    

On February 9, 2020, a “Digital Girls” event supported by Oracle Academy took place in the Junior Achievement StartUp Hambar in Sofia Tech Park. The event was attended by 30 young women ages 18 to...

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King Saud University educates students on Oracle technology to become job ready

  Oracle Academy in Saudi Arabia is a proud supporter of the King Saud University (KSU) Skills Development Department (in Arabic), which educates students and assists them in becoming “job ready” using the latest technology skills development programs available. The university has invested time and effort forming the “Jahez” program, which means “Ready.” This program has more than 14 faculty, administrators, and staff to deliver and manage it. It runs every year and includes an Oracle technology track, which offers Oracle Academy curriculum, including the Programming with PL/SQL course. This course enables students to gain the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to pass the professional certification exam and become Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associates (OCA). Recently, 40 students graduated from the Jahez program, the majority of whom were senior Bachelor of Computer Science students, alongside some Master Degree students. As an Oracle Academy institutional member, King Saud University is eligible for discounts of 50 percent on Oracle certification practice exams through Kaplan IT Training, and receives discounts of 25 percent on Oracle certification exam vouchers. Members can access these benefits in the Member site under “Discounts” on the home page. Congratulations to these students, and thank you to all the dedicated university educators and staff who support their students’ future career development, and to Najla Alkebsi for supporting  Oracle Academy in Saudi Arabia.    

  Oracle Academy in Saudi Arabia is a proud supporter of the King Saud University (KSU) Skills Development Department (in Arabic), which educates students and assists them in becoming “job ready” using...

Oracle Academy holds event with the Universidad del Valle de México featuring innovation and change

At the most recent Oracle Academy Day, on February 11, 2020, Oracle Academy staff welcomed 20 students of systems engineering from the Universidad del Valle de México (UVM). At this event, Oracle Academy staff and Oracle volunteers encouraged the students and inspired them to be disruptive, to innovate their thinking about the issues of everyday life, and to develop skills that will open doors for them in the labor market. Carlos Aguilar, Oracle Solution Engineering Director, presented students with innovation topics, emphasizing the skills that have been required to make changes in history and the products that have revolutionized the current era. He said, “we have to be prepared for change; it's the only constant.” Johan Franco, NetSuite Direct Sales Manager, explained to the UVM community the benefits of this solution, describing the large number of companies that have NetSuite. The students had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the relevance and robustness of NetSuite, which is the world’s leading cloud-based business management software that connects business information systems, accounting and accounting information systems, sales and marketing, retail and eCommerce, and supply chain, warehouse management, and logistics. Fernanda Pazarán, a student intern, talked about how technology also solves social problems. The students carried out an activity where the purpose was to generate a project where a technological tool is applied while at the same time meets a UN Sustainable Development Goal. Subsequently, Carlos González, Associate Solution Engineer, and Alberto Álvarez, a student intern, spoke about emerging technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Chatbots and Blockchain. The students learned about their applications in real and everyday cases. The final talk was given by student internOsvaldo Barrientos, who spoke about the "economy of an enterprise," where he talked about issues of technological innovations and their economic implications. The student interns are part of an exciting program, GenO, or Generation Oracle, an internship program for students interested in different careers and offering different visions. The project started in May 2019 and runs through November 2020. In Latin America, more than 70 students are participating, rotating through one career area per quarter.  “I already knew Oracle, but I did not imagine that it was more. Today I take a positive image, I loved the event,” said one student attendee. Thank you to our Oracle Academy volunteers for their participation in this event! To volunteer, send an email to: oracle-academy_mx@oracle.com.

At the most recent Oracle Academy Day, on February 11, 2020, Oracle Academy staff welcomed 20 students of systems engineering from the Universidad del Valle de México (UVM).At this event, Oracle...

Oracle Academy holds first 2020 Oracle Academy Day in Mexico

On February 5, 2020, the first Oracle Academy Day of the year was held in Mexico. We were pleased to receive 18 students from the Technological University of Nezahualcóyotl and the University of the Americas of Mexico City. The GenO’s, the intern group of Oracle Mexico, delivered five talks to the students. Carlos González and Alberto Álvarez talked about emerging technologies, deepening the students’ understanding of issues around blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital assistants, and more. Levi Rodríguez carried out a demonstration of Oracle Autonomous Database, from its operation to the creation of the database, to its visualization and data analysis. Security expert Adolfo de Moure spoke about the importance of strengthening and securing databases and what this means for customers. Luis Alcántara transmitted to students and teachers concepts of programming, and later conducted an activity on executing it. To conclude the event, Fernanda Pazarán and José Clemente Orozco presented success stories where Oracle solutions have helped improve processes in various industries, and also reminded all attendees of the benefits of belonging to the Oracle Academy, discussing the free curriculum and resources we provide to educators and students. “I enjoyed giving the talk. I want to do it again and also discuss other topics,” said Levi Rodríguez, a member of GenO.  In each of the presentations, the students were encouraged to think “disruptively” to develop skills that will open doors to them in the labor market. These types of events inspire students to learn about Oracle technologies and solutions. One of the benefits that universities and other educational institutions receive by being part of Oracle Academy is that they can attend events such as this where students learn about the most important technology issues in the world today. We thank our Oracle volunteers for sharing their knowledge and expertise with the students.

On February 5, 2020, the first Oracle Academy Day of the year was held in Mexico. We were pleased to receive 18 students from the Technological University of Nezahualcóyotl and the University of the...

Oracle Academy Latin America signs partnership agreements in Honduras and El Salvador

In February 2020, Oracle Academy Latin America signed two new partnership agreements covering more than 90,000 students in Honduras and El Salvador. These agreements will help both countries provide free industry-relevant computing education curriculum and technology resources to students and provide them with the workforces and digital capabilities they need to compete in the 21st century. In San Salvador, El Salvador, on February 6, 2020, Oracle Academy signed an agreement with the Government of El Salvador through its Secretariat of Innovation. The agreement will promote computer science as a mechanism of economic and social development, providing programming courses in educational curriculum, and will benefit 87,000 students and 3,200 teachers from seven Megatec centers and 350 schools in the FOMILENIO II project. The agreement aims to train these educators in Java and database skills. Java is a programming language used in 97% of business computers in the world and more than 3,000 million mobile devices, making it a key tool for the development of future generations.  As the program’s first phase, 200 teachers will be trained, followed by a “train the trainer” program to spread knowledge to more teachers. Over the three years of the agreement, educators also will receive information on and training in using the Oracle Academy online learning platform, curriculum, and learning resources. This agreement is part of the government strategy of President Nayib Bukele and his commitment to provide new tools to young people to face the challenges demanded by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and help them compete for better job opportunities and a different future than they face today. The strategic plan was developed and coordinated by the Ministry of Education (MINED) and the Secretariat of Innovation of the Presidency of El Salvador.  For the Ministry of Innovation, working with education programs is one of the main axes within the recently launched Digital Agenda. The Secretary of Innovation, Vladimir Handal, notes that technological conditions must be promoted and enabled for the academic sector to develop skills that today are demanded in the labor sector and that open opportunities internationally. “Our challenge is to update the educational curriculum, and that young people from their basic education learn to program in Java,” he said. On February 4, 2020, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Oracle Academy signed an alliance with the Honduras Ministry of Education to benefit more than 3,000 students in 12 public schools, four Women's City (Cuidad Mujer) centers, and six INFOP regional offices.  The agreement will promote computer science as a mechanism of economic and social development within the country. More than 3,000 Honduran students will receive programming classes within their educational curriculum, and more than 190 teachers will be trained in teaching Java and database technologies over three years. As a first phase, 70 teachers will be trained in 2020, and those teachers will then share their knowledge gained with the rest of the educators involved in the project. Through these resources, teachers and students are expected to learn fundamental computing knowledge and skills, which is in great demand in the area. The aim is to improve the employability of the country’s youth and the competitiveness of the country. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2025 each person connected in the world will have approximately 4,900 digital interactions per day. This is, on average, a digital interaction every 18 seconds, so it is essential to understand that the digital world is not only growing, but also presents a challenge of adaptation for companies, organizations, and governments around the world. Oracle Academy is pleased to be able to greatly impact the lives of the youth of these two countries with these initiatives. Learning computer programming entails the development, in a very accelerated way, of other competences that are highly valued in all fields, such as creativity and innovation, the capacity for problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and the creation and use of technology—all of which are essential in all fields, and particularly for success in the digital world in which we live.  

In February 2020, Oracle Academy Latin America signed two new partnership agreements covering more than 90,000 students in Honduras and El Salvador. These agreements will help both countries provide...

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Oracle Academy Supports Transition Year Students in Dublin, Ireland

In the first week of February 2020, Oracle in Ireland welcomed 40 Transition Year students to the annual Transitional Year (TY) program run by the Human Resources team. The participants are all family members of Oracle employees. This week-long program is jam-packed with insightful activities hosted by numerous lines of business, including Oracle Direct, Business Development Group, Oracle Academy, Human Resources & Recruitment, Finance, and Manufacturing & Distribution, to name a few. All the students were introduced to Oracle and its culture by experiencing sessions on Recruitment, Coding, Sales Storytelling, Digital Selling, Career Development, and many more. The aim of this program is to provide the students with a taste of the working world here at Oracle, support their life skills development, and help aid them in making future career decisions. As always, the students had a fun time exploring and developing their technical skills, and all staff encouraged them to take their learning further. The program gets great traction each year and is something that our employees greatly value. It is an opportunity for them to share their work life with their family members. Oracle Academy was delighted to again take part in this event by lending staff support, with Gary Miller, EMEA Training Instructor, and Willie McCabe, Senior Director, Member Education and Curriculum Development, (both pictured) on hand to teach the students the basics of data visualization and introduce them to Java programming through the Oracle Academy introductory Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot workshop. All Oracle employees have access to Oracle Academy curriculum and teaching resources, and we encourage all of our colleagues to avail themselves of these resources, which also are available free to educators to enhance computer science learning in the classroom.    Thanks also go to Iris Lanny, Oracle Academy Country Manager for the UK and Ireland, and Orlaith Lawton McCormack, Senior Marketing Manager, Oracle Academy EMEA, ( both pictured) for making possible our contribution to this event.    

In the first week of February 2020, Oracle in Ireland welcomed 40 Transition Year students to the annual Transitional Year (TY) program run by the Human Resources team. The participants are all family...

Diversity in Technology

Oracle Academy Supports Information Age & Emerging Technologies Conference in Turkey

In collaboration with Oracle Women’s Leadership and Wtech—Association for Women in Technology, Oracle Academy collaborated to organize the Information Age & Emerging Technologies Conference, which brought together 60 university students, faculty, women leaders in technology and Oracle executives in Istanbul on February 4, 2020. The next wave of digital transformation is changing the traditional ways of doing business and employment in all industries. Therefore, it is important to provide students with the necessary digital skills, support them in keeping up with technological advancements, and create a gender-balanced qualified workforce. Supporting women to pursue STEM-related careers and empowering them to reach their leadership potential is at the heart of Oracle Women's Leadership (OWL)'s mission.  Recognizing the importance of creating a digitally skilled and gender balanced future, this conference aims to support university students and faculty in learning the latest developments in emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, DevOps and IoT. Attendees also had the opportunity to explore Oracle Academy computing education resources, including free access to the Oracle Cloud Free Tier and Autonomous Database through the new Oracle Academy Cloud Program. https://academy.oracle.com/en/solutions-cloud.html During the keynote speeches, Oracle VP of Advanced Customer Services, EECIS Leader Bircan Arslan, emphasized the importance of women's participation in technology, as it is important for creating an economically and socio-culturally more livable world, she noted. She also stated that we contribute to students’ professional development by supporting them with necessary digital skills to keep up with technological advancements in their future workplaces. Digital transformation, she said, is becoming the most important agenda of every sector, and therefore creating a qualified and gender-balanced workforce has become vital.  As part of the conference, a “Leading Women in Technology” panel presented, moderated by Board Chair of the Association for Women in Technology Zehra Oney. Inspirational women leaders in technology who participated included Oracle Cloud Solutions VP, EMEA, Pınar Rua Aksu, TUBISAD – Chairman of the Board, TFI – CTO Erman Karaca, and Garanti Bank BBVA Technology Executive Vice President Sebnem İpekci. They shared their inspirational career stories, tips for success, and the importance of adapting to change via constant personal learning and development. They also shared encouraging and motivating insights on the future of women in technology. Oracle Academy also organized a small contest on technology topics presented during the conference, which involved five students who gave the correct answers to technical questions receiving the award of mentoring support by Oracle executives. Special thanks to all participants, Oracle Women’s Leadership in Turkey, Wtech Turkey, our inspirational women panelists, and Oracle Solution Engineers who delivered extensive presentations on emerging technologies at the conference. Oracle Academy could not be a success in helping students become future technology innovators and leaders without our collaborations with like-minded partners and our dedicated volunteers willing to share their valuable knowledge and expertise.  

In collaboration with Oracle Women’s Leadership and Wtech—Association for Women in Technology, Oracle Academy collaborated to organize the Information Age & Emerging Technologies Conference,...

Asia Pacific

Indonesia Students Visit Oracle Solution Centre, Japan and Asia Pacific, at Oracle Singapore

Students from the Computer Science Department, Ciputra University, Surabaya City, Indonesia, recently visited the Oracle Singapore office. The study tour sought to increase the students’ insight and knowledge of various world-class institutions and companies. The goal was to expose them to information and opportunities for developing successful startups, how to use information technology abroad, how to work in world-class information technology companies, and to understand various information technology implementations. With the support of Oracle Academy Country Managers in Singapore and Indonesia, the university teachers and students visited the Oracle Solution Center of Japan Asia Pacific, located in Fusionopolis, Singapore, across from the launchpad known as Singapore’s "Silicon Valley." On this visit, Francis Han, Senior Director of the Oracle Solution Center, received the students, who were briefed about Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision, as well as Cloud technology offered by Oracle. They also had the opportunity to see and 'selfie' the Cloud server space owned by Oracle in this office.   The student visit from Ciputra University later was followed by a visit from students from the Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung City, Indonesia, made possible through their membership in the Oracle Academy program. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its Asia Pacific membership that are working to build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

Students from the Computer Science Department, Ciputra University, Surabaya City, Indonesia, recently visited the Oracle Singapore office. The study tour sought to increase the students’ insight and...

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Learn Cloud Computing from the Cloud Company―Free with Oracle Academy

by William McCabe, Senior Director, Member Education & Curriculum Development, Oracle Academy In your global classroom, wouldn’t it be wonderful to take advantage of Oracle Cloud technology for teaching and learning for your anytime/anywhere students? Imagine one-time classroom setup, access to the latest cloud services, and with no maintenance, patching or upgrades needed, saving hours of time. As a former teacher, that would have been my dream. Now, the new Oracle Academy Cloud Program makes this a reality for higher education teachers and their students, providing access to Oracle Cloud to Oracle Academy Institutional members for classroom teaching and learning to prepare students to become tomorrow’s technology innovators and leaders. Through the Oracle Academy Cloud Program, Oracle Academy Institutional members have access to two services: Always Free Cloud Cloud Credits 2 Oracle Autonomous Databases, each database with up to 1 OCPU and 20GB storage, and Autonomous Data Warehouse or Autonomous Transaction Processing US$300 free cloud credits for one year (expire after 365 days) 2 Compute Virtual Machines, each with 1/8 OCPU and 1GB memory Credits can be used to try a wide variety of additional cloud-based services such as Analytics, Integration, Kubernetes, Digital Assistant, Big Data, and manage always free services that consume larger capacities. See https://www.oracle.com/cloud/free/ for a full list. The credits should not be used for general teaching and learning. 100 GB block storage (boot/block volumes), with up to 5 free backups for free volumes, up to a total of 500 GB free volume backup   10GB object storage, 10GB archive storage, and 50,000/month API requests   Load balancer, 10Mbps bandwidth   10TB/month outbound data transfer     Member educators and students may access always free Oracle Autonomous Database, Compute VM, object storage, data egress, and other essential building blocks developers need to create applications on top of Oracle Autonomous Databases. Plus, they receive US$300 of free credits for one year to prototype applications, run machine learning models in notebooks, or try software from Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Supported by Oracle Academy’s comprehensive curriculum and hands-on labs, educators and students can teach, build, learn, explore, and develop in the full functionality of Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Compute VM and other essential building blocks in the classroom. Easy signup from the Oracle Academy member site enables Institutional members to request, sign up for, and access the Oracle Cloud console. A few key points: Educators easily can provision student accounts, and classes are up and running in a cloud environment without the need to download, install or maintain software or databases.   Access to accompanying Oracle Academy database curriculum―Database  Foundations, Database Design and Programming with SQL, Programming with PL/SQL, and APEX – Application Development Foundations―is available in multiple languages.   Teachers and students enjoy always free access to tools including Oracle Application Express (APEX) for low code Web application development, SQL Developer Web for working with Oracle Autonomous Databases, SQL Notebooks for Machine Learning, Oracle REST Data Services for web interfaces, and Oracle Instant Client for the most popular programming languages.   You can quickly start cloud services and learn new technologies including Autonomous Database, Compute VM, Linux, AI/ML, and digital assistants, and develop in SQL, NoSQL, APEX, Java, Node.js, Python, PHP, and Ruby. Best of all, access to the Oracle Cloud through the Oracle Academy Cloud Program is always available to teachers and students, in and out of the classroom, using only an Internet browser. We at Oracle Academy are pleased to be able to provide this new benefit to Oracle Academy Institutional members. We hope all higher education faculty who are not yet members of Oracle Academy join us to take advantage of this exclusive access to the Oracle Cloud Free Tier for classroom teaching and learning. We are delighted to provide our members with the latest autonomous database features and computing power available as they prepare students to become tomorrow’s technology innovators and leaders. Learn more at academy.oracle.com/cloud.

by William McCabe, Senior Director, Member Education & Curriculum Development, Oracle Academy In your global classroom, wouldn’t it be wonderful to take advantage of Oracle Cloud technology for teaching...

Diversity in Technology

Oracle Academy inspiring a new generation of female developers in Saudi Arabia

Oracle Academy in Saudi Arabia is building strong relationships with academia to enable young students who wish to develop a career in the technology sector, to align with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. A recent event and a great example of collaboration was with the Princess Norah in Abdulrahman University, where Oracle Academy enabled more than 800 national female students to study Oracle Database using our online curriculum. “In collaboration with Oracle Academy, we proudly have taught more than 800 students with the Oracle Academy Database Foundations course. The course is aligned with one of the college’s introductory database courses. Our goal is to upskill our female professionals, expand their capabilities, and bridge the gap between academia and industry,” said Dr. Hanan Al Mengash, dean of the Computer and Information Sciences College at the university. This initial step was followed by further collaboration when a special speaker from Oracle headquarters, Heather VanCura, Group Director, visited Saudi Arabia for the first time to meet with the new generation of developers and innovators, with a focus on females. The dean invited Heather to hear from the university’s staff and students on computer and information sciences programs. Heather’s support is much appreciated, especially in relation to the upcoming launch of the PNU Women’s initiative, which plans to host her as a guest speaker to empower women and encourage them to peruse their aspirations either in academic or professional fields. Heather also supports the Oracle Academy program, Oracle Women Leadership (OWL), and Java communities across the globe. Oracle Academy looks forward to continuing to work on this important collaboration with the university.

Oracle Academy in Saudi Arabia is building strong relationships with academia to enable young students who wish to develop a career in the technology sector, to align with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s...

Asia Pacific

Oracle Academy Provides Educational Session at Taiwan EDTECH Conference

Oracle Academy recently supported Taiwan’s leading education expo dedicated to educators: EDTECH TAIWAN. This event, which took place in December in Taipei, was organized by the Taipei Computer Association and Ministry of Science and Technology, and is now Taiwan’s signature education event. The Expo brought together more than 300 exhibitors and over 3,500 Taiwan educators and school leaders, providing a platform for attendees to discover the latest developments in educational resources and learning technology. This year Oracle Academy Country Manager in Taiwan, Francine Yang, delivered a session, “Think Autonomous and Find More Time to Create,” that introduced the new Oracle Academy Cloud Program. This new benefit for Oracle Academy Institutional members will be available in early 2020 for educators and students and will provide cloud for the classroom with access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier. Oracle Cloud Free Tier includes the new Always Free services―Oracle Autonomous Database and Gen 2 Cloud infrastructure―available for an unlimited time for classroom teaching and learning. Francine let educators know that as members of Oracle Academy, they would enjoy an easy, accelerated signup process and would be able to integrate the most comprehensive, robust cloud technology and the latest database features and computing power available today as they prepare students to become tomorrow’s technology innovators and leaders. Along with robust academic curriculum and resources, the new Oracle Academy Cloud Program makes Oracle Academy a global leader in computing education for educators and their students. As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready.  

Oracle Academy recently supported Taiwan’s leading education expo dedicated to educators: EDTECH TAIWAN. This event, which took place in December in Taipei, was organized by the Taipei Computer...

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Oracle Academy Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from Indonesian Association of Higher Education Informatics and Computers (APTIKOM)

Dian Nuswantoro University (Udinus) recently hosted a conference for the Indonesian Association of Higher Education Informatics and Computers (APTIKOM) in Semarang City, Central Java. The event was attended by more than 300 tertiary institutions that have computational study programs, both private and public, from all over Indonesia, and was opened by Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo. The APTIKOM conference theme was "Strengthening Economic Communities through Creative Industrial Innovations in the Era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0", as APTIKOM continues to develop digitally literate human resources to embrace the ‘Industrial Revolution 4.0.’ Presentations from industry included a session by Oracle experts Alvin Pryana, Principal Solutions Consultant, and Gumilar Sentosa, Autonomous Database Specialist, from Oracle Indonesia, entitled “Achieving the Vision of Industry 4.0 with Oracle Autonomous Cloud.” At the conference, Oracle Academy was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the General Chair of APTIKOM, Professor Zainal A. Hasibuan, PhD. “By partnering with Oracle Academy, APTIKOM has been exposed to the core technologies used across industries around the world providing free professional development and bringing computing skills and hands-on industry-relevant experience to the students for their future. Various events both virtual and face-to-face for faculty and students broaden their insight to stay abreast of technology developments and reduce the gap between education and the needs of industry,” he noted. In awarding the certificate, he said, “All of these events make Oracle Academy an APTIKOM Strategic Partner, especially introducing state-of-the-art Oracle technology. Therefore we proudly award Oracle Academy with a Certificate of Appreciation for being an outstanding contributor as strategic partner in advancing computer science education.” Over the past three years, more than 950 faculty from 176 universities in 19 provinces in Indonesia have participated in database and Java programming training with Oracle Academy. The educators also have participated in technology-related professional development and learning events through Oracle Academy Educator Days and Knowledge Builder sessions with expert speakers from Oracle.  Students from Oracle Academy member institutions also had the opportunity to engage with Oracle through virtual webcasts and visits to the Oracle Indonesia offices, providing unique experiences as they received expert presentations on topics such as Blockchain, exploration of computer science subjects and career paths, the Internet of Things (IOT) smart devices, and most recently, on Oracle Application Express (APEX). Over the past three years, more than 10,000 students have joined these events. The Certificate of Appreciation was humbly accepted by Nurul Huda, Oracle Academy Country Manager for Indonesia and Malaysia. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its Asia Pacific membership to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

Dian Nuswantoro University (Udinus) recently hosted a conference for the Indonesian Association of Higher Education Informatics and Computers (APTIKOM) in Semarang City, Central Java. The event was...

Asia Pacific

Oracle Academy Supports Girls in IT Event with ACM-W Hackathon in India

Oracle Academy is proud to continue its support for a key event on the national calendar in India—a nationwide hackathon for Girls in IT conducted by ACM-W. This year, more than 390 girls, comprising 130 teams, participated, mainly from southern, northern and western India. The first round of judging was conducted by 10 different judges until a shortlist of 20 teams was selected for further evaluation. Maria Choudhary, Principal Member, Technical Staff, from Oracle India, headed up the judging panel, which selected a final shortlist of 10 teams for the final hackathon held over two days at the Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research in Pune. First place was secured by ‘Team EVCA’ from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mandi. Second place was secured by ‘Team Landslide’ from Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT), and third place was won by ‘Team Innovators’ from MIT Art, Design and Technology University, Pune. A Special Recognition Award was given to ‘Team DAS’ from first year Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies (SICSR), Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) in Pune. The winning teams’ topics were:   Team EVCA: Before- and after-effects of afforestation and deforestation. (Team members: Ruchika Sharan, Mehak Jain, Nishita)   Team Landslide: Building an Android application that uses AI technology for environmental protection. (Team members: Vedangi Wagh, Sarita Joshi, Nayan Sabin)   Team Innovators: Building the software application for the following parameters:   Fertility of the soil Condition of seed Amount of seed optimally produced (Team members: Suman Nimbalkar, Tanmayee Tathele, Maziya Fatima)   Team DAS: Water quality status (Team members: Shritama Sengupta, Diya Suthiv, Aditi Kanojia)   Oracle Academy is pleased to support this important national event focusing on girls in IT in India and the important work done by ACM-W supporting, celebrating, and advocating internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of computing fields. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its Asia Pacific membership to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

Oracle Academy is proud to continue its support for a key event on the national calendar in India—a nationwide hackathon for Girls in IT conducted by ACM-W. This year, more than 390 girls, comprising...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy Attends EdEx in Dubai, UAE

On November 18-19, 2019, Oracle Academy attended for the first time the EdEX MENA  education conference in Dubai. I was delighted to see more than 1,000 educators attend the event and show a great interest in the Oracle Academy program.  I had the opportunity to present at the EdTech Leaders seminar and share the findings of the latest report on the importance of computing education for the next generation: Beyond Tech: The Rising Demand for IT Skills in Non-Tech Industries.  The report, produced by Burning Glass Technologies in collaboration with Oracle Academy, contains a data analysis of more than 150 million unique 2018 online job postings across the United States to identify the computer science skills employers’ demand in a wide range of occupations.  Discussion of the report generated much debate in the audience about the need for both K-12 schools and higher education institutions to prepare their students with skills in coding and computer science.  In addition, the importance of ensuring our educators have access to Continuing Professional Development learning (CPD) so they can keep up to date on and ahead of the latest technology was discussed. Oracle Academy provides our members with CPD accreditation when they complete training in our curriculum.

On November 18-19, 2019, Oracle Academy attended for the first time the EdEX MENA  education conference in Dubai. I was delighted to see more than 1,000 educators attend the event and show a great...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Participates in the 21st CARNET Users Conference, Croatia

The picturesque Croatian city on the mouth of river Krka, Šibenik, is known for its beautiful Renaissance cathedral of St. James (pictured) as well as for being the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. The city hosted from November 6-8, 2019, the 21st CARNET Users Conference, supported and sponsored again this year by Oracle Academy.  Known for two decades simply as “CUC” this event, organized by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (or CARNET), has grown into the largest national and regional conference dedicated to IT usage in education. This year’s event—themed “On the verge of possible” —hosted more than 1,150 educator participants. Many of the teachers from primary and secondary schools who attended are involved in the largest ever IT project in Croatian education, named e-Škole (e-Schools), managed by CARNET on behalf of Croatian Ministry of Education. Co-funded by the European Union for about 200.000.000 EUR, through its European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund programs, the e-Skole project aims to bring by the end of 2022 a broad range of state-of-the art technologies into all schools and classrooms in Croatia. It will create an environment in which teachers can leverage technologies to innovate teaching practices while preparing pupils to embrace technologies and prepare better for the rapidly changing labour market of the 21st century. It takes a great team to organize an event of such magnitude as the CARNET Users Conference, and congratulations go to everyone involved in the organization. Special thanks to the Programme Committee, led by Marijana Pezelj, for the opportunity to present Oracle Autonomous Database at the conference. A big thank you also goes to Morana Butković, Cloud Platform Consultant from Oracle Croatia, who presented the Oracle Cloud Autonomous Database that uses machine learning to eliminate human labour associated with database tuning, security, backups, updates and other routine management tasks traditionally performed by database administrators.

The picturesque Croatian city on the mouth of river Krka, Šibenik, is known for its beautiful Renaissance cathedral of St. James (pictured) as well as for being the oldest native Croatian city on the...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Higher College of Technology, Muscat, Oman, Hosts its First Ever Oracle Academy Faculty Day

I was delighted to attend the first ever Oracle Academy Faculty Day hosted by the Higher College of Technology (HCT), Muscat, Oman, on November 21, 2019. More than 100 participants from different colleges and universities attended the event, as well as participants from the Ministry of Manpower, the Bank Dhofar, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Health, the DGHS, and the Ministry of Legal Affairs.  I had the opportunity to speak on the subject of “Advancing Computing Education” and why higher education should invest in computing education in collaboration with industry. My colleague Willie McCabe, Oracle Academy Senior Director for Member Education, spoke about the benefits of embedding Oracle Academy courses and resources into higher education curriculum and degree development programs, and other key Oracle Academy academic member benefits.  The participants were eager to discuss the rapid changes in education in an era of globalization and to debate how we can collaborate to implement new technologies to prepare our students for the Industrial Revolution 4.0.  My special thanks go to the Head of Department of HCT, Dr. Huda Al-Shuaily, and the Oracle Academy Coordinator, Ms. Ronette S. Rabanal, who not only were our most excellent hosts but also shared their experiences of being an Oracle Academy member for over 10 years.  The HCT encourages not only their staff but also their students to gain professional credentials to prove their computing skills, and motivates them to engage in a “world-class learning experience” to acquire the competencies that are aligned with the expectations of the job market, which will help them find success in their future careers. Find more details on the event on the HCT website.

I was delighted to attend the first ever Oracle Academy Faculty Day hosted by the Higher College of Technology (HCT), Muscat, Oman, on November 21, 2019. More than 100 participants from different...

Asia Pacific

Oracle and Oracle Academy Work Recognized with CSR Excellence Award in Thailand

Each year the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) recognises companies across Thailand that demonstrate excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). To be considered, a company must meet key benchmarks of CSR practices, not just through individual projects or monetary contributions, but through an integrated approach to conducting business in a way that creates long-term economic and social value.     This year, at an event held in November 2019, Oracle Thailand proudly accepted an AMCHAM CSR Excellence (ACE) Award that recognized the contribution and impact of Oracle’s benchmark program, Oracle Academy. As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries. In Thailand, the program supports more than 100 educational institutions and educators, helping thousands of students access world-class technology, expertly developed learning materials, and proven curriculum to help them become college and career ready. Accepting the award on behalf of Oracle was Taveesak Saengthong, Managing Director, Oracle Corporation, Thailand. “It was a great pleasure to represent Oracle at the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) CSR Excellence Awards in Thailand, and to receive the award in recognition of the great work that Oracle Academy is doing as part of their philanthropic program within the education sector,” he said. “With digital transformation as a key goal of government and private organizations alike for strong digital economy growth, we look forward to growing this presence in Thailand and supporting the country’s workforce development objectives.” Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its Asia Pacific membership to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

Each year the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) recognises companies across Thailand that demonstrate excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). To be considered, a company...

Asia Pacific

Australian Computer Science Educators Enjoy the Benefits of Oracle Academy’s Free Educator Program

Faculty from Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Melbourne, Australia, spent a day with Oracle Academy for a refresher on how the Oracle Academy program’s free resources can support their curriculum and classroom activities. The participants were provided ‘deep dive’ sessions on the current offerings related to programming and database as well as a preview of the Oracle Academy Cloud Program that is due to be released to Institutional members in early 2020.   Swinburne University of Technology offers high-quality teaching and opportunities for students to engage with industry for real-world experience. Its information technology courses are based on the need for graduates to be technologically savvy in a world where technology is so much a part of daily life and could lead to a future in health, transport, finance, media, manufacturing, automotive and beyond. Oracle Academy is working with Swinburne faculty to provide the foundational knowledge and relevant industry skills students need to have the confidence to apply their knowledge in the workplace. Michelle Gao, Oracle Academy manager for Australia/New Zealand, and Jian Li, Oracle Academy principal instructor, gave a comprehensive session on the Oracle Academy program to help the participants understand how best to utilize the range of assets and tools that are available to them as part of the free and philanthropic program. Associate Professor Sebastian Ng, from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, was particularly interested in the imminent availability of the Oracle Academy Cloud Program, which will provide Institutional members with access to the new Oracle Cloud Free Tier. The new program provides Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as Always Free services for educators and students to learn, build, and explore in the Cloud. Oracle Academy’s offering is free of charge and tailored to the unique requirements of educational institutions and educators. Educators will receive training to teach students about Oracle Autonomous Database, which delivers unprecedented availability, performance, and security to drive innovation. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its Asia Pacific membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

Faculty from Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Melbourne, Australia, spent a day with Oracle Academy for a refresher on how the Oracle...

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Oracle Academy Supports Centro Paula Souza Academic Hackathon Final in Brazil

Oracle Academy in Brazil was pleased to recently support the Centro Paula Souza (CPS) Academic Hackathon Final event on November 5, 2019. This exciting event was attended by 10 finalist teams, among the 128 teams from 17 CPS schools that participated in the competition. The 10 teams presented their projects, which were evaluated by jury members consisting of 10 evaluators and attended by two Oracle collaborators: Patricia Teixeira (Oracle Academy) and Patricia Taniguchi (LAD Logistics Manager). The hackathon's goal was to create an education application. The Organic team was the winner of the competition, led by Professor Prof. Claudio José Silva from ETEC Machado de Assis, with the students Gabriel Victor dos Santos, Daniel Feliciano, Elisandra Trindade, Flavio Simplicio, and Vinicius Silva. This innovative team proposed an app designed to facilitate the learning of the organic chemistry discipline using artificial intelligence and augmented reality to identify chemistry’s glassware on classes.   Following the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to watch a Talk Show track, one of them led by Patricia Teixeira, which showed the impact that the Oracle Academy educational program has been having on students and teachers across the country. CPS is an Institutional member of Oracle Academy, and students are learning about Java and database using Oracle Academy curriculum and classroom resources. This knowledge certainly will help the students of the teams develop their applications. The Oracle Academy program is pleased to continuously support initiatives like this hackathon, as we believe they are a way to change students’ lives through innovation and creativity.

Oracle Academy in Brazil was pleased to recently support the Centro Paula Souza (CPS) Academic Hackathon Final event on November 5, 2019. This exciting event was attended by 10 finalist teams, among...

Asia Pacific

Oracle Academy and Oracle Volunteers Engage with Educators in Taiwan

The Department of Information Management, Chung-Hua University (CHU), Taiwan, has been a member of Oracle Academy since 2005, utilizing the program’s free teaching and learning resources. Their students learn Oracle database management through a formal college curriculum and are subsequently qualified to take examinations for Oracle professional certificates to position them to start their careers with success. Dr. Lee Chi-Chung, chairman of the Professional Master Program of Advanced Database Management, said, “As of 2018, more than 3,000 students attending the university have taken the Oracle database management courses. Chung Hua University is a valued Academy member, and the relationship has been recognized as an outstanding example in education in Taiwan.” In addition to providing curriculum and resource support, Oracle Academy worked with Oracle Volunteers to share time and talents to support educators and students through mentoring, teaching, and coaching. These Oracle experts provided informative sessions, giving examples of how new technology is being applied to business. The AI+ Experience Centre recently inaugurated at CHU was the venue for an Educator’s Day event in Hsin-Chu City, Taiwan. Rick Chuang, Oracle Master Principal Solution Engineer, provided a session entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Service Application,” which demonstrated Oracle’s pragmatic approach to AI in business transactions.  In keeping with Chung Hua University's objective of trying to make students "job-ready," the Oracle volunteer experts provided an informative session that gave concrete examples of how new technology is being applied to business. Educators particularly liked the case study demonstration of insights derived from Oracle, and students enjoyed learning more about careers in technology and the way artificial intelligence is transforming business. Follow Oracle Volunteering on Twitter: @ORCLCitizenship

The Department of Information Management, Chung-Hua University (CHU), Taiwan, has been a member of Oracle Academy since 2005, utilizing the program’s free teaching and learning resources. Their...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy Roundtable on Preparing for an Automated Future Held in Turkey

The new wave of technological advancements such as cloud computing, automation and artificial intelligence continue to reshape economies and industries both domestically and around the world. As technology allow companies to hand over increasingly sophisticated tasks to machines, ensuring that students have the necessary digital skills to carry into the future workforce is much more important than in the past. While technological progress affect traditional jobs, it also creates new exciting ones. Recognizing the importance of continuing collaborations between industry and higher education institutions to prepare students for the future, Oracle Academy in Turkey held an Academic Roundtable event that brought together 15 faculty members and students from eight key universities. Participants from Koc University, Bogazici University, Yildiz Technical University, Galatasaray University, and others met in Istanbul on October 23, 2019, to discuss how to prepare for an automated future and provide graduates with the skills and technical competencies relevant to the future labor market. The participants had the opportunity to network and hear directly from Oracle Solution Engineers about the innovations and technologies triggered by digital transformation, such as cloud computing, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, and discussed the challenges that they face in keeping up with this transformation. We also took a deep dive into Oracle Academy’s more tech-centric, computing education resources focused on building workforce skills. The event concluded with discussion around how teachers and students effectively utilize these resources and sharing best practices. Our thanks to all participating universities, faculty members and students.

The new wave of technological advancements such as cloud computing, automation and artificial intelligence continue to reshape economies and industries both domestically and around the world. As...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Oracle Academy Participates in the 21st CARNET Users Conference, Croatia

The picturesque Croatian city on the mouth of river Krka, Šibenik, is known for its beautiful Renaissance cathedral of St. James as well as for being the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. The city hosted from November 6-8, 2019, the 21st CARNET Users Conference, supported and sponsored again this year by Oracle Academy.  Known for two decades simply as “CUC” this event, organized by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (or CARNET), has grown into the largest national and regional conference dedicated to IT usage in education. This year’s event—themed “On the verge of possible” —hosted more than 1,150 educator participants. Many of the teachers from primary and secondary schools who attended are involved in the largest ever IT project in Croatian education, named e-Škole (e-Schools), managed by CARNET on behalf of Croatian Ministry of Education. Co-funded by the European Union for about 200.000.000 EUR, through its European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund programs, the e-Skole project aims to bring by the end of 2022 a broad range of state-of-the art technologies into all schools and classrooms in Croatia. It will create an environment in which teachers can leverage technologies to innovate teaching practices while preparing pupils to embrace technologies and prepare better for the rapidly changing labour market of the 21st century. It takes a great team to organize an event of such magnitude as the CARNET Users Conference, and congratulations go to everyone involved in the organization. Special thanks to the Programme Committee, led by Marijana Pezelj, for the opportunity to present Oracle Autonomous Database at the conference. A big thank you also goes to Morana Butković, (pictured) Cloud Platform Consultant from Oracle Croatia, who presented the Oracle Cloud Autonomous Database that uses machine learning to eliminate human labour associated with database tuning, security, backups, updates and other routine management tasks traditionally performed by database administrators.

The picturesque Croatian city on the mouth of river Krka, Šibenik, is known for its beautiful Renaissance cathedral of St. James as well as for being the oldest native Croatian city on the...

Asia Pacific

Singapore Educators and Students Meet Oracle ‘Customer Experience CX’ Experts for a Student Day at Oracle

As a part of their institution’s membership with Oracle Academy, 44 students from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore recently visited the Oracle Singapore office to hear from a number of experts on topics relevant to their course of study.  Siva Ganeshanandan, Senior Director of Oracle Customer Experience (CX) in ASEAN, opened the session by sharing the Oracle strategy in Singapore before Kristin Ang, Oracle Academy Senior Operation Manager, introduced information about the Oracle Academy program and how Oracle Academy supports teachers and students in learning and understanding these in-demand technologies. The event’s keynote speaker, Julie Dura, Principal Solution Engineer, Oracle Singapore, provided the students with a technical session introducing the Oracle CX technology. Julie explained why brands care about CX, what Oracle does to help brands and consumers, and what the different CX capabilities are in the market. Julie’s session included a one-hour hands-on lab that had students role play in groups of two and use the knowledge they had just gained in the session to solve an actual customer problem. Barnabas Woon, manager of Diploma in Computer Engineering School of Engineering in Temasek Polytechnic, said, “Our students from the diploma in Computer Engineering at Temasek Polytechnic gained invaluable insight into the various roles and career prospects available in a technology company like Oracle.” Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its Asia Pacific membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

As a part of their institution’s membership with Oracle Academy, 44 students from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore recently visited the Oracle Singapore office to hear from a number of experts on...

Asia Pacific

Oracle Supports India’s ICT Academy at Recent ‘BRIDGE’ Conferences “Augmenting Skills, Accelerating Growth”

BRIDGE is a flagship conference of the ICT Academy in India that aims to bridge the industry-academia gap. BRIDGE is a confluence of educators, researchers, corporate, solution providers, NGOs and policymakers to find possible solutions and answers to some of the most challenging, critical and relevant questions being addressed in the journey towards transforming India. The conference serves as a platform in providing a strategic view on the trends that shape the educational ecosystem. Commencing in 2011, the BRIDGE conference has received an overwhelming response from all stakeholders of the knowledge ecosystem. Having reached multiple cities in India, it has emerged as the largest industry-institutional interactional event of Asia, with 40 editions completed to date. The most recent ICT Academy BRIDGE conference, with the theme of “Augmenting Skills, Accelerating Growth,” brought together government policymakers, industry experts and academic leaders to set an agenda for leaders to help people upskill and future-proof themselves. The conferences serve as a platform where visionaries lay their blueprint for the right skills mix where existing and upcoming workforce would augment rather than compete with technology. The conferences provide opportunities for the stakeholders to explore the exciting convergence of exponential technologies, connect with new people and ideas, and co-create a better India together. In 2019 so far, three events have been held in the cities of Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, with a total attendance of more than 560.  Oracle Academy is pleased to support the events as part of our long-standing and award-winning partnership with the ICT Academy in working toward the advancement of computing education across India. This support included participation by Oracle expert speakers who shared their knowledge and perspectives on key trends in education and technology: Sharath Babu, Director, Product Development, Oracle India, spoke of the challenges for academia in delivering quality education and constantly working to align itself with changing industry trends to produce industry-relevant talent. “The timely augmentation of the skills of the students will increase the industrial growth accelerators of productivity, scalability, and innovative tenacity,” he said. In Bengaluru, Lakshmi Venkatakrishnan, Software Development Director, Oracle India, presented on a similar theme, sharing that “Policymakers, academicians, institutes, and corporations should think about what can be done for the talent pool to hone up their skills accordingly. Even entrepreneurs should upgrade their technical skills, as there is a technological upgrade every 3 to 5 years.” He noted, “To acquire skills, you can avail the benefit of Oracle Academy that has been partnering with ICT Academy for a long time.” A further three conferences will be held in the coming months in Pune, Delhi, and Chennai. Details can be found via the BRIDGE website. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its Asia Pacific membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.    

BRIDGE is a flagship conference of the ICT Academy in India that aims to bridge the industry-academia gap. BRIDGE is a confluence of educators, researchers, corporate, solution providers, NGOs and...

Asia Pacific

Oracle Academy Supports Interdisciplinary ICT and E2 Practise Conference 2019 (IIPC2019) in Malaysia

Oracle Academy recently supported the 3rd conference of Interdisciplinary ICT and E2 Practise 2019 (IIPC 2019) in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, which provided contributions on research and sustainable ICT innovations from various disciplines including engineering, information technology, trade, finance, social science and education. The IIPC 2019 event was presented by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) with Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO) and Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah (USAS) and PIT Synergy as co-organizers. Attendees included over 70 faculty/educators as well as deans and heads of computer science departments from key higher education institutions in Malaysia. Presentations were offered from researchers across a wide range of fields, including Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Bioinformatics & Biomedical Engineering, Computer Architecture & Technology, Computer Games, Computer Graphics & Virtual Reality, Computer Networks, and many more.   Representatives from Oracle were invited to be keynote speakers. Muhammad Shuja, Principal Cloud Solution Engineer, Oracle Malaysia, shared information on Oracle Cloud and Autonomous Database. Dr. Shazarin Binti Ahmad Zainuddin, Chairman of Technology & Communication, Politeknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh Perak, Malaysia, said, “We are pleased to have contribution from Oracle to provide a keynote speaker at this international event, to share Oracle’s expertise and experience on current technology trends and innovations, especially towards an IR4.0 environment in Malaysia.” The event was closed by YBhg Dr. Mohammad Naim Bin Yaakub, Chairperson, Education Office and Community College, Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

Oracle Academy recently supported the 3rd conference of Interdisciplinary ICT and E2 Practise 2019 (IIPC 2019) in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, which provided contributions on research and sustainable ICT...

Asia Pacific

Oracle Academy Supports Educators and Students in Thailand with Knowledge Builder Event

Faculty and students from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, in Bangkok recently attended a knowledge builder event by Oracle as part of their membership with Oracle Academy. Boonchai Poonthan, Lead Solutions Architect, Oracle Thailand, provided a session entitled “Data Driven Digital Transformation” to help the students appreciate the role of data in transforming industry. Successful digital transformation builds on the modernization of the underlying data infrastructure combined with a clear strategy for data, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI). Data is a key asset in any organization and is the ‘rocket fuel’ for digital transformation. A solid data strategy will enable companies to modernize applications and gain insights into their data and help transform them to be the enterprise of the future, Poonthan noted. Associate Prof. Dr. Walailak Attirawong, from the institute’s Faculty of Science, said at the conclusion of the event: “I'd like to thank Oracle Academy for giving our students a very interesting topic, to show us not only Oracle in-depth but the changes that will occur in business and affect our curriculum. [The speaker] also gave us advance perspectives for better preparation to accommodate the change, especially with respect to data science and data analytics that are very important to us all.” Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its APAC membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.  

Faculty and students from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, in Bangkok recently attended a knowledge builder event by Oracle as part of their membership with Oracle Academy. Boonchai...

Diversity in Technology

Oracle Academy and Oracle ABLE Volunteers Help Advance Diversity in Computing at Tech Sassy Girlz Conference

Oracle Academy, in collaboration with Collegiate Pathways, hosted hands-on learning workshops for high school girls in Florida by supporting the Tech Sassy Girlz conference in October 2019. This annual event, held in Central Florida, helps to bridge the learning gap for minority female high school students by providing relevant, thought-provoking, programming workshops to encourage life-long learning and future career endeavors in computer science and related technology fields. This is the sixth year Oracle Academy has sponsored the Tech Sassy Girlz conference, and this year’s event was recognized by the City of Orlando – Mayor Buddy Dyer declared October 11 “Tech Sassy Girlz Day.” The event has continued to gain popularity, this year reaching registration capacity of 400 with a waiting list of 100 prior to the day of the conference. Dr. Laine Powell, executive director of the organization, said, “The growth we are experiencing couldn't be without your support…thank you!” This year, with the help of Oracle ABLE volunteers, Raina Yancey, principal technical support engineer at Oracle, presented a hands-on workshop that guided students through various programming formats designed to engage the Finch robot through programmed commands. “ABLE volunteers taught the Tech Sassy Girlz how to program Finch robots with Greenfoot. The girls LOVED that they could use Greenfoot not only to create their own video games, but also to control a robot! It was a treat to see the smiles on their faces. Oracle Academy is helping us to inspire students in our community with enriching STEM curriculum that is completely free!” said Yancey. The Oracle ABLE team of volunteers continues to partner with Oracle Academy to support underrepresented students in learning and understanding current technologies before they graduate from high school. "Having opportunities for girls/women in particular to get into technology is a passion of mine,” said Leona Davis, Oracle principal technical support engineer. “I focused in on some of the peer to peer conversations during the day. Of the statements I heard, my favorite was from a Liberty MS student who said, ‘I never knew there were so many girls like me who liked this stuff!’ ” “Bringing Oracle Academy to young students to spark their curiosity makes my heart happy. After we finished the Greenfoot workshop for Tech Sassy Girlz, I heard the students commenting that they were going straight home to make a video game to play. That made my day! I feel we are making an impact on our community thanks to Oracle,” said Gabriella Nolivos, Oracle technical analyst. Oracle ABLE volunteers in Orlando proudly shared Oracle Academy workshop experiences with other ABLE communities at Oracle. Twitter posts from the event can be found on the @OVolunteers, @ABLEVolunteers, and @OracleAcademy accounts. Thank you to our dedicated Oracle ABLE volunteers: Raina Yancey, Funmi Ojo-Osagie, Leona Davis, Gabriella Nolivos, Edwin Wiggins, Marissa Mari Richards, Valerie Milligan, Ken Falana, Anita Bardeen, Ayana Beckford, Zyad Bawatneh, Regina Armaly, and Jasmine Walkerv, plus Dr. Laine Powell, Executive Director, Tech Sassy Girlz.

Oracle Academy, in collaboration with Collegiate Pathways, hosted hands-on learning workshops for high school girls in Florida by supporting the Tech Sassy Girlz conference in October 2019. This...

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With Agreement with UEMSTIS México, Oracle Academy Helps Advance Computing Education

Through a recent agreement with the Unit of Higher Secondary Education Industrial Technology and Services (UEMSTIS), Oracle Academy has incorporated more than 400 institutions into its program in México to continue to advance computing education in the region. The Unit of Higher Secondary Education Industrial Technology and Services is a unit attached to the Undersecretary of Higher Secondary Education (SEMS), under the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) that offers upper middle level technology education. On August 15, 2019, Oracle Academy México and UEMSTIS signed a collaboration agreement that will benefit 456 schools throughout the country. With the signing of this agreement, 168 Centers for Industrial Technological and Services Studies (CETIS) and 288 Centers for Industrial Technological and Services Baccalaureate (CBTIS) will benefit from and will have access to the full Oracle Academy program curriculum material, classroom resources and technology, and educator training. Oracle Academy has worked with UEMSTIS since 2015 through our participation in Virtual Educa, one of the most important events about innovation in education in the region, celebrated in Guadalajara. The two organizations began collaboration work, with two campuses initially registered as a test. The response from educators to the program and its resources was so positive that more schools began to enroll, until the number reached more than 200 in two years. During this time, Oracle Academy provided more than 20 trainings in teaching Java and database to more than 400 teachers throughout the country. The signing of this agreement is the culmination of this successful collaboration and participation in various events and trainings together. Moving forward, 456 educational institutions in México will implemented Oracle Academy courses over the next three years with the objective of supporting nearly 40,000 students and 5,500 teachers. We invite you to watch our video with UEMSTIS (formerly DGETI) and learn about the experience of 60 UEMSTIS teachers who finished four Oracle Academy courses and who had the opportunity to visit the Oracle Development Center in Guadalajara. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GKIoymtYZ8 Oracle Academy México continues to work with UEMSTIS to bring the Oracle Academy curriculum to teachers and students across the country, and in turn serve as a strategic ally to expand education in computer science and technology for the development and future of México.

Through a recent agreement with the Unit of Higher Secondary Education Industrial Technology and Services (UEMSTIS), Oracle Academy has incorporated more than 400 institutions into its program in...

Asia Pacific

Oracle Academy Participates in Java Community Conference, Taiwan

Oracle Academy was delighted to participate in the 2019 Java Community Conference held in Taiwan in October. The event was attended by more than 450 participants, including developers, startups, tech companies and academics. The Java Community Conference is organized by the Taiwan Java User Group and centered around the Java programming language and related technologies. The conference offers a space for Java programmers to meet and discuss developments in Java, and provides a networking environment for meeting like-minded professionals. Oracle Academy delivered a session on how the Oracle Academy program is changing lives around the globe with computing education. Other presenters from Oracle included Sharat Chander, Director, Java Product Management & Developer Relations; Amitpal Dhillon, Regional Director for Oracle Labs, Asia-Pacific and Japan; and Ivan Tu, MySQL APAC Principal Sales Consultant. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

Oracle Academy was delighted to participate in the 2019 Java Community Conference held in Taiwan in October. The event was attended by more than 450 participants, including developers, startups, tech...

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Through Collaboration with Republica Digital, Oracle Academy Advances Computing Education in the Dominican Republic

Oracle Academy continues to add to efforts and collaborations throughout Latin America through the signing of collaborative agreements, thus enhancing the impact and scope of the program. In the Dominican Republic within the Caribbean region, the Digital Republic program has the objective of promoting inclusion of information and communication technologies in productive educational, governmental and citizen services processes. To help in these efforts, Oracle Academy signed a series of agreements benefiting and impacting more than 790 educational institutions, including more than 3,500 teachers and staff and more than 50,000 students in this country. These agreements included a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Ministry of Presidency of the Dominican Republic, Community Technology Centers (CTC) of the Dominican Republic and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT) of the Dominican Republic. Key actions already have been carried out around the execution of this agreement. During the week of July 29 to August 2, 2019, 37 facilitators of the Community Technology Centers (CTC) in the Dominican Republic met at the Training Center (CEFIJUFA) to receive training in the academic curricula of the Oracle Academy Java Foundations and Java Programming courses. For five consecutive days, the facilitators received training in Oracle Academy tools and education strategies to teach programming concepts. As of August, the CTC will incorporate the Oracle Academy program offerings in its education offerings at 42 CTC centers to impact a total of 100 participants per month. Additionally in the Dominican Republic, in the municipality of Boca Chica in the province of Santo Domingo, students learn programming concepts through the Eclipse development environment. As of March 2019, students took the Java programming course through Eclipse with the help of facilitator Yovanny Rodriguez. In this course, participants discovered that the Java programming language opens up endless opportunities for program development. The facilitator inspired them to pursue university studies in software development, so they enrolled in the Technological Institute of the Americas (ITLA) under Software Development Technician courses. In addition, in August 2019, we had the opportunity to meet Wagner Gonzalez and Josué Fontana, participants at CTC Boca Chica, who shared with us their learning experiences in Java. The goal of Wagner and Josué is to finish their studies at the ITLA and the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC), to become licensed in computer science, and then to create an application for payment transactions and market it. The Oracle Academy program continues to advance in the Dominican Republic. In November 2020, we will begin the execution of Java Fundamentals training for 18 additional institutions that are part of the MINERD. As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program helps millions of students become college and career ready and helps reduce the gap between available jobs and students prepared for careers in computer science.

Oracle Academy continues to add to efforts and collaborations throughout Latin America through the signing of collaborative agreements, thus enhancing the impact and scope of the program. In the...

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Oracle Academy Offers Coding Basics at Utah STEMfest

On October 7-8, 2019, Oracle Academy supported the 2019 Utah STEMfest at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Utah STEMfest offered students grades 6-10 the opportunity to experience fun hands-on activities in all areas of STEM, including seeing the inner workings of an electronic car, planting their own plants, and creating animations with Alice, a block-based, object-oriented programming environment based on Alice in Wonderland. Nearly 800 students visited the Oracle Academy booth to learn the basics of coding using Alice. Volunteers from the Oracle Lehi, Utah, office assisted students with Alice tutorials available through the new Oracle Academy Education Bytes. After students completed the tutorials, they received cards with a QR code that gave them instructions on how to download Alice at home for hands-on practice. Oracle Volunteers loved the opportunity to help students in their local community.  According to Judy Pierce, Senior Technical Support Engineer, “STEMFest is so much fun and such an awesome event for Oracle to support.  I know the kids were really excited about learning the Alice program, especially being able to download and practice at home! I hope to continue to see Oracle at these type of events; they really do make a difference!” Parents also appreciated the real-world, practical learning that students experienced at the Oracle Academy booth. A parent relayed the following: “This STEMFest is really great, but not a lot would impact my kids in the long term,” she said. “Except for Oracle’s booth: You guys are giving my kids something that they can take home with them and that really will help them prepare for their futures.” Oracle Academy is proud and honored to support STEM events for youth to help get them interested and engaged in computer science.    

On October 7-8, 2019, Oracle Academy supported the 2019 Utah STEMfest at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Utah STEMfest offered students grades 6-10 the opportunity to experience fun...

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Oracle Academy Day at University of Tiradentes, Brazil, Offers Workshops and Lectures for 300 Students

On October 10, 2019, Oracle Academy closed the SEMINFO (Computer Week) and Sempescom (Research and Computing Week) events at Tiradentes University, in Aracaju, Southeast Brazil, with an engaging Oracle Academy Day event. The Oracle Academy Day had an extensive and activity-packed schedule. In the afternoon, a Robotics and Java Programming Workshop was led by Fabiana Valente, Oracle Academy Country Manager, and Patricia Villa Nova, Oracle Brazil, followed by a Hands-On with Oracle Cloud, led by Caio Bizaroli, Oracle Cloud Solutions Architect. Bizaroli noted of the event, “We want to bring some technology knowledge to the Northeast region and show the vast territory of opportunities that the IT industry can generate for new professionals’ future." In the evening, about 250 students had the opportunity to attend a series of lectures on "The Future of Work", which covered different aspects of how technology can help students obtain professional qualifications. The opening session was led by Richard Delgado, Director, Oracle Academy Latin America, followed by a lecture on “How to Potentiate Your Career” by Fabiana Valente. Victor Armbrust, Oracle Cloud Adoption and Consumption Manager, closed the event with a spectacular talk on “Emerging Technologies and IT Career Management.” Tiradentes University is an Institutional member of the Oracle Academy program. At the end of the event, students who had passed the Oracle Academy Java Foundations course were awarded certificates as the first class at the institution to have taken the course. I’d like to thank the university for the opportunity to hold this Oracle Academy Day. Events like this one, where we have the opportunity to be close to the students, make us very happy, because they meet Oracle’s mission of “change the world by empowering people through innovation.”  

On October 10, 2019, Oracle Academy closed the SEMINFO (Computer Week) and Sempescom (Research and Computing Week) events at Tiradentes University, in Aracaju, Southeast Brazil, with an engaging...

Diversity in Technology

Oracle Academy Sponsors Oracle Code One’s Oracle Code 4 Kids

  For the fifth year running, Oracle Academy supported Oracle Code 4 Kids, hosted by Oracle Code One, which this year took place September 15, 2019, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, just prior to Oracle Code One for developers and Oracle Open World. Designed to inspire the next generation of developers, Oracle Code 4 Kids offers youth ages 10 to 16 a day of unmatched technological fun. Kids animated with Alice, learned the language of Python, created Minecraft mods with Forge, built and programmed an mBot with Scratch, and more. They also had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Eric Brown, Executive Director of the Alice Project at Carnegie Mellon University. Fun, hands-on breakout sessions from which kids could choose included: Super Secret Spy Messages – A fun Python programming workshop in which kids built a simple cipher based on Caesar cipher concepts. Build Simple Games with JavaScript and HTML – Participants learned how to build web-browser-based games with JavaScript and HTML in an interactive session that covered the basics. Minecraft Modding with Forge – Kids learned to build Minecraft mods with Forge, spawn ender dragons from an egg, get an alert when a creeper is spawned, make explosive snowballs, and much more. Coding and Concepts with Java Puzzle Ball – Using Java Puzzle Ball, kids learned how to write object-oriented code, a staple of computer science education and the foundation of key programming concepts. Learning Programming with George – In this session, participants learned George Andante, a framework for learning programming. Kids created games, art, robotic instructions, or digital tools in a session oriented toward math, physics, chemistry, and language. Squishy Circuits – This beginner-level session let kids who had no previous experience in circuitry learn the basics of circuits through Play-Doh and clay, including the differences between insulative and conductive, parallel and series circuits, and different electrical components. Gotta Catch ‘Em All! Raspberry Pi and Java Pokémon Training – In this session, the Pokémon have escaped the laboratory and are running amok. Using a miniature Raspberry Pi computer, a 3D printed pokeball, and Java, kids could catch all the escaped Pokémon. Building and Programming a Robot with Scratch – This session involved building an mBot robot and constructing fun programs with Scratch, an easy-to-learn visual programming language, to make the robot flash lights, play sounds, and move. Exploring Java with BlueJ – Kids were introduced to Java and its implementation of object-oriented programming concepts through BlueJ, which offers visualization and the ability to create objects and interact with them. Solving Math with Java – Attendees learned certain variable types, including integers, doubles, and more, plus basic operations in Java, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and modulus—coming away with basic Java programming knowledge and an understanding of how a computer interprets code. Kids Coding Minecraft with ScraM – Kids used ScraM to make their own minigames, stories, and more in Minecraft. ScraM is built with Java and works like Java, so kids learn real skills while having fun, easily dragging and dropping code blocks in the graphical designer to control program flow or modify the Minecraft world. Animating with Alice – Kids had fun using Alice, an innovative, block-based, object-oriented programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D to build immersive stories and worlds based on Alice in Wonderland. Introduction to Python – Participants got started learning Python, one of the easiest high-level programming languages to learn, with basic syntax, control statements, and the standard library. Introduction to Arduino – The Arduino Starter Kit gave beginners the opportunity to learn both the software and hardware aspects of Arduino: electronics such as LEDs and sensors, and programming in C++ language. Quantum Computing Workshop for Kids: Exploring Quantum Concepts While Playing a Game – This session offered an intro to quantum computing using a modified open source block-mining game, Minetest, with students using the web-based IBM Q Experience to create quantum circuits and applications. Programming the BBC micro:bit – Students got experience using the BBC micro:bit, a handheld programmable microcomputer that can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments. “The energy of the venue before the big Oracle Code One event was dwarfed by the excitement and impressive skills displayed by all of the students who attended the Oracle Code 4 Kids event,” said keynote speaker Eric Brown, Director of The Alice Project at Carnegie Mellon University. “It was fitting that the students were working in the same rooms as the upcoming professional workshops, because they definitely showed they are the future engineers who will one day be running the show.” To increase diversity and technology opportunities in computing, free registration codes were provided to many attendees, and all paid registration proceeds were donated to SBE and the Greene Scholars Program. Oracle Academy is proud to help inspire the next generation of tech innovators through programs like Oracle Code 4 Kids. Interested in holding a fun coding program in your area? Teachers, parents, and others can access free Oracle Academy Workshop in a Box materials.  

  For the fifth year running, Oracle Academy supported Oracle Code 4 Kids, hosted by Oracle Code One, which this year took place September 15, 2019, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, just prior to...

Europe, Middle East, Africa

Dedicated Educators Map Curriculum and Spearhead Oracle Academy Rollout in Czech Republic

SPŠE Ječná was founded in the 19th century as the first vocational school in the territory of the Bohemian part of Austrian-Hungarian Empire. In 1949, the school was renamed to the Secondary School of Electrical Engineering in Prague  (SPŠE Ječná). Seventy years later, more than 550 students ages 15-21 are enrolled in four-year courses in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Some 250 of the students attend Oracle Academy technology courses, taught by nine of SPŠE Ječná’s teachers. The school was the first Czech school to join Oracle Academy and today it delivers the full range of database and programming courses. “Right from the first day, all IT and Electrical Engineering students learn Oracle Academy Java Fundamentals, and in year two they take Java Programming,” says Mr. Ondrej Mandik, the school principal. “To move to the third year, they must have passed the Oracle Academy Java Programming exam.”  Mandik learned how to teach Oracle Academy courses in 2005, starting with Database Design and Programming with SQL. Today, he and eight other faculty continue to teach that course, the Java curriculum mentioned above, and the recently introduced course Artificial Intelligence with Machine Learning in Java. Now, he is responsible not only for implementing Oracle Academy courses at SPŠE Ječná, but in schools throughout the Czech Republic. In 2019, Mandik became an official Oracle Academy instructor for the country, and he has created a program to train staff at 30 other vocational schools. But, before doing so, there was a need to map the Oracle Academy curriculum offerings to the structure of Czech secondary school teaching. Mapping Curriculum to Fit the National Framework It took Mandik and his colleagues two years to get to the point where they could train other teachers in Oracle Academy courses. The challenge was that in Czech Republic, unlike in many other countries, there is no national curriculum to which Oracle Academy courses could be mapped. There is, instead, a national educational framework. What this meant is that to introduce new teaching methods and courses, a school’s principal would need to rebuild the curriculum within national framework guidelines. With a strong belief in the value of Oracle Academy courses, Mandik and two other teachers spent many months studying the issue, working closely with Oracle Academy and the Ministry of Education. In 2017, they issued a 30-page guide for integrating Oracle Academy courses into education plans for vocational schools in Czech Republic. That proposal was presented during Oracle Days in Oracle’s Prague and Brno offices. The result: 30 schools enthusiastically signed up to join Oracle Academy. Onboarding as Oracle Academy Instructors To train several hundred teachers across the country, Mandik and Mrs. Alena Reichlova were onboarded as official Oracle Academy instructors. They then liaised with school principals, advising them on reworking the curricula to accommodate the new technology courses. Those courses will be delivered through an online virtual room with individual sessions for those with advanced skills. “We find out what they are currently teaching and how best to help them improve,” says Mandik. “We deliver Oracle Academy best practice slides, explaining why they have been placed in that particular sequence, and why they are invaluable to effective computer science instruction.” He firmly believes that using Oracle Academy curricula to teach database systems and programming saves teachers time, keeps them always up to date, and motivates students with relevance to the real world of work. Leaving Improvements to the Experts “One of the greatest benefits of Oracle Academy is that somebody else—not us—regularly updates and improves the course materials. That saves us so much time and means that the courses always reflect the latest innovations,” comments Reichlova. She also notes that, as with medicine, change is so frequent in computer science that it’s not always easy to find updated information. “As an Oracle Academy member, I can access the latest announcements and developments through the virtual learning environment and never feel left behind,” she states. “This is one of the great advantages of being an Oracle Academy member institution.” Mandik also is delighted that all the materials come in English. “We don’t want a local language version, because although we teach in the Czech language, once students start work there’s no chance of anyone translating materials, so we don’t do it either,” he points out. “We are a secondary technical vocational school preparing people for real life, where knowledge of English is necessary for communication and work within the global labor market.” College and Career Ready Mandik believes that the Czech Republic needs more scientists and engineers, people who innovate and create opportunities for future generations. Five years ago, 70% of SPŠE Ječná graduates went on to university; today it is 50%. In Central Europe, there is an annual shortfall of 3,000 developers, which translates to rapid employment for young people with Oracle Academy courses on their CVs. The school principal is happy when his students find jobs, but he cautions against the lure of a good salary as opposed to continuing education that can yield longer-term benefits. “We are happy to fill the skills gap with graduates, but also are keen on seeing them go to university and help improve the level of computer science overall,” he says. “Luckily for us, Oracle Academy courses allow us to meet both requirements.”    

SPŠE Ječná was founded in the 19th century as the first vocational school in the territory of the Bohemian part of Austrian-Hungarian Empire. In 1949, the school was renamed to the Secondary School of...

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Oracle Academy supports IEEE Women in Engineering Coding Competition in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The <Code with WIE> coding competition organized by IEEE (Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineering) Women in Engineering (WIE) Group in Sri Lanka recently concluded, with the grand finale conducted on August 31, 2019, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. IEEE WIE collaborated with Oracle Academy to execute the <Code with WIE> program, with the objectives of empowering females to thrive in the technology field, encourage them to take part in coding projects, and to provide opportunities for them to lead technology projects, gain experience, and increase diversity in groups. The competition took place over three months. 100 university students from around the country were invited to form teams of 2-5 members and develop an idea to a level of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Each team was offered a professional industry mentor to interact with and with whom to share ideas. The competition organising team was comprised of  Dilrukshi Gamage, Vice Chair WIE; Abarna Kirupananda, Students Activities Chair; and volunteers from Open University, IIT, Sabaragamuwa University, and the University of Moratuwa.  Over the three-month period of the competition, 15 teams from over seven universities presented their innovations to the judges. At the grand finale, team “TreatMe,” a four-member team from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Malabe, was awarded the winner of the competition. The team created an application for kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD) with the aim of being able to identify and control ADHD in children at a young age. The initial test run of this application was done at the University of Ragama, Sri Lanka, with the guidance of doctors who treat patients diagnosed with ADHD. “Being part of IEEE is a nice experience as we work on empowering girls to aspire to an IT or engineering career in order to have a diverse workforce. This year’s <Code with WIE> created a good platform for them to boost their passion for coding and kick-start product development,” said Kirupananda. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.  

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Oracle Academy Supports Students from 33 Schools at Fifth Programming Marathon in Brazil

In July 2019, the Oracle office in São Paulo, Brazil, welcomed a small crowd of about 50 high school students and 10 teachers at an awards ceremony for the winners of the 5th Programming Marathon at the Paula Souza Center. ETEC Guaianazes, led by Professor Prof. Érico de Souza Veriscimo, was the winner of the competition, with three winning teams: Deus_Seja_Louvado (1st Place), NoisYTech (2nd) and Neverland (3rd). Oracle Academy provided awards and the support for the marathon for the second year, and Oracle provided the cloud access to host student projects in real time. The programming marathon drew the participation of 33 schools, bringing together a total of 806 students divided into 285 teams. The projects were supervised by 53 teachers and were evaluated by 6 judges. On the Award day, the top 15 school winners were welcomed to the Oracle office and had the opportunity to hear from Oracle employees: Fabiana Valente, Oracle Academy program manager, Lucas Corsi, consultant, startups & ISVs, and cloud specialist Diogo Shibata talked about the Oracle Academy educational program and the interest Oracle takes in helping students learn tech skills Marco Righetti, director of technology and innovation, discussed Industry 4.0 Renato Eric Miranda, business strategy leader, spoke about cloud careers Leonardo de Barros, senior engineer, talked about gains in artificial intelligence Elder Moraes, evangelist, explained why Java has been fantastic for his career Tiago de Souza, coordinator of the computer training projects at CPS, spoke about the marathon and the partnership with Oracle Academy. After the awards ceremony, the students were able to talk informally with company executives. Award winners were:   1st place: Deus_Seja_Louvado team Prof. Érico de Souza Veriscimo Alexandre Henrique Gabino de Souza Giulia Ventura Ratti Igor Silva Nascimento   2nd place: NoisYTech team Prof. Érico de Souza Veriscimo Gabriel Lopes Ferreira Ramos Gabriel Oliveira Aguiar e Silva Rafael Lopes Ferreira Ramos   3rd place: Neverland team Prof. Érico de Souza Veriscimo Alexandre Ferreira de Lima Lucas Del Puerto Garcia Rafaela Bezerra Martins

In July 2019, the Oracle office in São Paulo, Brazil, welcomed a small crowd of about 50 high school students and 10 teachers at an awards ceremony for the winners of the 5th Programming Marathon at...

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Oracle Academy Helps Build Bridge Between Industry and Educators in West Java Region, Indonesia

Oracle Academy, in collaboration with Indonesian Association of Higher Education in Informatics and Computing (APTIKOM), recently held an event for educators in Bandung City, West Java, Indonesia: Bridging Industry-Academia Gap in Achieving Industry 4.0 Vision. Members of Oracle Academy were provided updates on the Oracle Academy program and an overview of technology trends so they could stay current with industry advances and growth. The engaging event was attended by university educators including deans and heads of computer science departments from 60 institutions in the region. One of Oracle’s Principal Solutions Consultant, Mohamad Rizal Arryadi, was the keynote speaker of this event. He discussed how imperative it is for technology educators to keep up with emerging technologies and to encourage their students to explore not only technology foundations, but also use cases of how technology is applied in life. The session also discussed how disruptive technologies may revolutionize the education sector, as lifelong learning is now a fundamental approach in the digital era. Mr. Solikin, Executive Director of Central APTIKOM, spoke of the importance of educators having human resource skills and competencies and a preparedness to adapt to the demands of higher education. He noted that informatics and computer education curricula must be in accordance with current and future industrial needs. For this reason, tertiary institutions must embrace partnerships with industry; these partnerships are currently an element of the accreditation assessment of APT 3.0 and APS 4.0 in Indonesia. Dr. Ayi Purbasari, Secretary General of APTIKOM, West Java region, said, “We are delighted that Oracle Academy held this event, giving opportunities to universities in West Java to take part in learning computer science through Oracle Academy. In our outcome-based curriculum, or Outcome Based Education (OBE), the focus is on achieving for our students. For this reason, it is very necessary that there is collaboration between universities and vendors such as Oracle so students get knowledge that refers to international standards. We encourage universities of APTIKOM in West Java to take advantage of the benefit offered by Oracle Academy. There will be a lot of added value and benefits for the institutions, especially for students.” The event closed with a presentation by Oracle Academy Country Manager for Indonesia and Malaysia, Nurul Huda, who shared how Oracle Academy supports students with learning and understanding of current technologies via Oracle Academy learning pathways through to Oracle certification to help students get hands-on practice in the latest technology and become career ready. Mira Suryani, a computer science educator at Padjadjaran University (UNPAD), said, “Oracle Academy Faculty Day 2019 is an incredible event. Shared experiences from great speakers about the importance of lifelong learning by using new technology for both educators and students, opened our eyes about the need to face up to industry 4.0. We need an effort that is equally flexible to keep up with technology, so the goal of narrowing or eliminating the gap between academia and industry can be achieved. UNPAD has been a member of Oracle Academy for four years, and is ready to add more curriculum, especially related to machine learning, into computer science and other study programs.”  Not yet a member of Oracle Academy? To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

Oracle Academy, in collaboration with Indonesian Association of Higher Education in Informatics and Computing (APTIKOM), recently held an event for educators in Bandung City, West Java, Indonesia: Brid...

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Oracle Academy Rome Celebrates Women in Computing with ACM at MAXXI Museum

The Sixth Annual ACM-W Conference in Rome, WomENcourage, was formally opened by the Minister for Equal Opportunities and Families, Elena Bonetti, and over September 16-18, 2019, Oracle Academy was pleased to support women in computing through our sponsorship of and participation in this event. Oracle Academy Program Manager Roberta Battagli, (pictured) was there to share information on our educational resources in Java, database, artificial intelligence and machine learning. WomENcourage brings together women in the computing profession and related technical fields to exchange knowledge and experience and provide special support for women who are pursuing their academic degrees and starting their careers in computing. Through a program packed with insightful topics and engaging educational and networking activities, womENcourage provides a unique experience of the collective energy, drive, and excellence that professional women share to support each other. The international audience of more than 400 students and educators were excited to hear not only about Oracle Academy free resources, but also to hear an inspiring keynote speech   delivered by Oracle Innovation Business Solution Team Leader Gabriele Provinciali on Proxima IoT and Microservices in a programmable Smart City. The Proxima City project is a cloud-connected and intelligent city model, based on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Oracle Cloud resources and LEGO bricks, which provides an integrated experience to citizens, administrations and industries. Proxima City includes a number of Edge Services components coded in different languages and environments (C, Java, JavaScript, Python) such as Smart Trash, Smart Lighting, Energy Monitoring, Smart Parking, and Smart Safety. The Edge Services are connected, via IoT and a serverless architecture, to Cloud Services (Chatbot, Dashboards, Stream Analytics) allowing data-at-rest and data-in-motion analysis and value-added services provided to citizens. The Proxima City model can be used as a Software Development Kit to generate events from the physical world and process events both in the Edge environment and the Cloud environment, allowing design and testing of a new generation of user-centric services. Students were keen to put their Smart skills to work learning and understanding where to apply for Oracle internships as well as graduate roles, and understanding the benefits of their institution’s membership in Oracle Academy.

The Sixth Annual ACM-W Conference in Rome, WomENcourage, was formally opened by the Minister for Equal Opportunities and Families, Elena Bonetti, and over September 16-18, 2019, Oracle Academy was pleased...

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Oracle Academy Active in Turkey: Sponsors Workshop, Holds Knowledge Builder Event

Oracle Academy Sponsors Enterface’19 Summer Workshop in Ankara To encourage collaboration in research and development, this summer Oracle Academy took part in eNTERFACE’19 summer workshop, hosted by the Computer Engineering Department of Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, from July 8 - August 2, 2019.  The eNTERFACE summer workshops, organized by the SIMILAR European Network of Excellence, are a new type of workshop that aims at establishing a tradition of collaborative, localized research and development work by gathering, in a single place, a group of senior project leaders, researchers, and undergraduate students, working together on a pre-specified list of challenges for four weeks. At this event, participants were organized into teams to address specific projects related to multimodal interfaces, working on free software. The eNTERFACE’19 15th Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces brought together around 50 researchers and PhD and Master’s degree candidate students from universities all around the world, including Middle East Technical University (Turkey), Université de Mons (Belgium), the University of Edinburgh (UK), and Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, and University of Twente (all in the Netherlands). As part of the event, Oracle Academy held an informative session, “Oracle Academy: Resources for Education and Research” to provide participants with a deep dive into Oracle Academy’s innovation-focused education resources for teaching and non-profit academic research. This included information on our technology resources, curriculum, courseware, student workshops, educator training, and Oracle industry certification and exam preparation materials for higher education institutions and their educators and students. This was an exciting opportunity for us to connect with academics, researchers, and graduate level students from different countries in Europe. Knowledge Builder Events Support Teachers in Istanbul To help teachers in Turkey prepare for the school year, this summer Oracle Academy delivered Knowledge Builder events on emerging technologies. Recognizing the importance of supporting teachers in keeping up to date on the latest technology trends and developments, Oracle Solution Engineering Director Nuri Comert volunteered to deliver an Oracle Academy Knowledge Builder event on “Emerging Technologies: IoT, Cloud Computing, Big Data and AI” for 20 STEM teachers at Tink – Technology & Humanity Colleges – on June 25, 2019, in Istanbul. The teachers also had the opportunity to attend an online session driven by Oracle Academy Program Manager for Turkey, Sena Aydogan, to explore Oracle Academy program resources and benefits. Technology & Humanity Colleges is Turkey’s first technology college aiming to train technologically literate entrepreneurs to effectively integrate technology into their lives and their future business. As an Institutional member of Oracle Academy, Technology & Humanity Colleges is utilizing our wealth of free resources, including technology, curriculum and courseware, student workshops, educator training, and Oracle industry certification and exam preparation materials.  

Oracle Academy Sponsors Enterface’19 Summer Workshop in Ankara To encourage collaboration in research and development, this summer Oracle Academy took part in eNTERFACE’19 summer workshop, hosted by...

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Students from Oracle Academy Schools in India Attend Oracle Groundbreakers Yatra 2019

During July 2019, Oracle Academy supported Oracle Groundbreakers and Oracle User Group (OUG) evangelists in India who organized a roadshow called the ‘Oracle Groundbreakers Yatra’. The Yatra (which means tour) travelled across the country, hosting 10 events across 10 major cities over 16 days. The tour brought together the broader Oracle community within the country, providing attendees with information and awareness of the latest Oracle technologies and improving their level of knowledge. Oracle Academy joined the Yatra as an opportunity to create a platform for students and faculty to meet industry experts and helped the OUG to find the venues at our member colleges. Around 30 students from three to four Oracle Academy member institutions in each city where the Yatra traveled were able to join the sessions by international experts on such varied topics such as Oracle Cloud, DevOps, Oracle Autonomous Database, Data Warehousing, and Oracle APEX. They were able to acquire knowledge direct from Oracle experts and get a deep dive into different skills areas. Feedback from the attending students was positive, and included the following comments: “The whole program was well-managed by the members. Everything happened in perfect time. I really gained good knowledge.” “A good environment which polished my skills. Overall, a good event.” “I learned so many new things about Oracle services and tools which I wasn’t aware of. I’d like to attend more such programs.” “It was a good experience to explore different services provided by Oracle. Skills development will add value to my knowledge.”  

During July 2019, Oracle Academy supported Oracle Groundbreakers and Oracle User Group (OUG) evangelists in India who organized a roadshow called the ‘Oracle Groundbreakers Yatra’. The Yatra (which...

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Oracle Academy Supports 2019 Computer Science Teachers Association Conference

To help support computer science educators and provide them with access to inspiring, hands-on resources to teach computer science, Oracle Academy was pleased to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2019 Computer Science Teachers Association Annual Conference. The conference took place in Phoenix, July 8-10. As we have for the past several years, Oracle Academy provided 29 teacher scholarships to first-time CSTA conference attendees so they had the opportunity to attend this exciting premier conference for computer science teachers. Scholarship winners were: Anthony Am, Loren Ayresman, Krista Baker, John Burdick, Kirstina Frazier, Rebecca Gutosky, Evonne Hackett, Mary Catherine Hastie, Brandy Hicks (Justice), Thomas Klett, Ginger LaCross, Kevin Micks, Jenny Miles, Jessica Rodriguez, Jayashree Ravi, Steven Stoffregen, Batavia Sumlin, Regina Ward, Amy White “The Oracle Academy scholarship provided me the opportunity to attend the CSTA conference, which blew my mind!” says Loren Ayresman. “As a new computer science teacher, I now see that the future is wide open for my students!” At the conference, Oracle Academy conducted a workshop led by Lisa Palombo, Oracle Academy Senior Curriculum Developer, on Oracle Academy Education Bytes―short, flexible learning modules that teach new concepts and enhance existing knowledge and skills, problem solving, creativity, and learning retention. The workshop gave attendees the chance to explore the wide range of Education Bytes, which can be used alone or to enhance Oracle Academy curriculum, and provide self-directed, diverse learning experiences at all skill levels in database, Java, data science and much more. The Oracle Academy booth in the exhibit hall offered the opportunity to meet and speak with the Oracle Academy team experts, plus representatives from the Carnegie Mellon Alice team. The Oracle Academy team also sponsored a fun photo booth so teachers could get together and capture their time at the conference. We look forward to seeing you next year at CSTA 2020!

To help support computer science educators and provide them with access to inspiring, hands-on resources to teach computer science, Oracle Academy was pleased to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2019 Computer...

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Oracle Academy Sponsors InfoEducatie Event in Romania

This year Oracle Academy was one of the sponsors of the event InfoEducatie, Galaciuc, Vrancea, which took place August 2-8, 2019. At the event, the students met the Finch robot and could participate in a three-hour contest that involved teams of two-three students collaborating to write code to activate the robot. Students had two hours available to blind code, and at the end they presented to a jury what they intended to do with the code written for the robot, and what actually happened! The demonstrated their results by showing the Finch robot in action based on their code. More than 40 students took part in this fun, hands-on event. Here are some comments from the students and their teachers: “Finch robot has reached InfoEducatie event at Galaciuc! It was a great pleasure to introduce him and to play with the students participating in the competition. It was really a challenge and an adventure at the same time,” said Mrs. Miana Arisanu, teacher at Colegiul National Mircea cel Batran, Rm. Valcea. “We all learned by playing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We had fun when Finch danced, or when he drew some curved lines like he drew a flower. Thank you for giving me an outstanding memory. I hope many of the participants will continue the adventure!” “We took part in a wonderful experience, filled with curiosity, dedication and joy. We believe that the Finch robot is a fascinating helpful ‘instrument’ when it comes to active learning, creativity and team spirit,” said Angelina Panescu, a student who participated in the event. “We cannot wait to complete a new challenge with the amazing robot, Finch!” “A unique experience was the workshop with five students from the Republic of Moldova who were also present at the camp for a math competition. Although they were not programming at school, they were receptive and were happy to see their first lines of code translate into the movements of a robot,” said Mrs. Antonia Haller, teacher at Colegiul National Mircea Cel Batran, Rm. Valcea. “I did not intend to spend almost three hours in the company of children from the Republic of Moldova, curious to find out what Finch can do, so I had proposed an hour-long workshop!” “I joined my colleagues Miana Arisanu and Antonia Haller, to present to the participants at the InfoEducatie event, as I had successfully participated with my students. We have participated in the Adoptabot contest organized by Brunel University London since 2015, a team competition which involves the realization and implementation of a beautiful story in which the Finch robot is the main character. The technologies that can be used in robot programming are different; students can choose the one that is easier, depending on their age or personal experience,” said Mrs. Adriana Cheres, teacher at Liceul Teoretic “Nicolae Balcescu”, Cluj-Napoca. Oracle Academy was pleased to be a sponsor of this fun, exciting event that introduced students to hands-on coding. Learn more about our workshops available in many languages, including Programming the Finch Robot.  

This year Oracle Academy was one of the sponsors of the event InfoEducatie, Galaciuc, Vrancea, which took place August 2-8, 2019. At the event, the students met the Finch robot and could participate in...

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Great Partnerships = a Summer of Teaching and Learning

Building educator content knowledge is a key component to advancing computing technology education today. Summer 2019 found the Oracle Academy North America team working with local and state Computer Science Teacher Association chapter partners to systemically bring free educator professional development for the purpose of helping educators to reach their computing technology education goals. Below are just a few examples of our joint collaboration: New Mexico Computer Science Educators Professional Development Week (NM) The week of June 3, 2019, Oracle Academy provided its Database Design and Programming with SQL course to New Mexico educators from all over the state. The five-day event was part of the NM Computer Science Educators Professional Development week held at the College of Engineering, University of New Mexico. Paige Prescott, Co-Founder of Computer Science Alliance NM, says, “There is a critical need for professional development for teachers in CS, and there are too few opportunities for this type of learning in NM. Our goal was to offer high-quality professional development that showcases the best practices and curriculum resources available.” The Oracle Academy curriculum is aligned to the New Mexico Public Education Department College and Career Readiness Bureau CTE Information Technology Pathway. Oracle Academy instructor Christine Campbell notes, “Training the teachers enrolled in the Oracle Academy Database Design and Programming with SQL course was a great experience. Because the teachers plan to use the Oracle Academy curriculum in their own classrooms to teach students, they were very engaged and excited to learn the topic. It was a rewarding experience all the way around.” CSTA Arizona (CSTA AZ) Computer Science Educators Profession Development Week The week of June 17, 2019, Oracle Academy provided a Java Fundamentals course to Arizona teachers from all over the state. The five-day event was part of the CSTA AZ Computer Science Educators Professional Development week held at the College of Engineering, Arizona State University. “With the AZ K12 CS Standards released in October 2018 and a new K12 CS endorsement for teachers launched just a month earlier in May, the timing was perfect to offer a week of high-quality CS professional development for our K12 teachers,” says Janice Mak, CSTA AZ President. Oracle Academy resources are aligned to the Arizona Department of Education Career Technical Education Software and App Design program. We value our relationships with our local and state Computer Science Teacher Association chapter partners and welcome opportunities to continue to bring our free courses and training to educators.

Building educator content knowledge is a key component to advancing computing technology education today. Summer 2019 found the Oracle Academy North America team working with local and state Computer...

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Oracle Academy Delivers Train the Trainer Events for Senior Educators in Malaysia

As part of Oracle Academy’s support for the Malaysian government initiative ‘Premiere Pride Challenge 2019,’ Oracle Academy recently delivered Train the Trainer events for senior educators/PhDs and associate professors in computer science from various selected universities and polytechnic schools in Malaysia. This initiative to connect industry with educational institutions was jointly established by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the government agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. The Train the Trainer classes from Oracle Academy included Database Design and Programming with SQL, Java Programming, and Java Fundamentals, and provided the educators with skills and knowledge to teach the Oracle Academy curriculum to students in their respective institutions. The training was led by Rizqy Ardiansyah, a professional trainer from Oracle Academy. According to feedback, the course was well received by attendees. Dr. Adamu Abubakar Ibrahim, a Nigerian educator who teaches at Islamic International University Malaysia (IIUM), said, “MDEC and Oracle Academy did a tremendous job in providing academic staff of Malaysia institutions of higher learning the opportunity to engage with Oracle Academy resources for teaching and learning. It was my best training ever. Using Oracle Academy iLearning is incredible; it is the platform that combines a group of courses into one learning event. The provision of student-teacher integrated learning curriculum and materials makes it easier for preparation and assessment of teaching and learning. Another interesting part of iLearning is the interactive learning tools,” he said. “The instructor, Rizqi, is excellent. He made me truly enjoy learning more about Java and database, and motivated me to upgrade to Oracle Certification from OCP to OCM. Definitely I will enroll my students in Oracle Academy iLearning, and prepare them for Oracle certification.” “I attended Database Design and Programming with SQL training,” said Dr. Norhazaliana Binti Affendi from Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah, Jitra, Kedah. “It was good and interesting, and increased my knowledge. It provided me with hands-on experience in drawing an ERD diagram using software, converting it into a physical diagram, running a query statement and much more. Thank you to MDEC and Oracle Academy for organizing such wonderful event.” Satrya Fajri Pratama, PhD, Senior Lecturer from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), said, “The Java Fundamentals and Java Programming training is really beneficial and insightful, to say the least. It covers the necessary materials for those who are just recently introduced to Java Programming language, and is even a decent refreshment for those working in Java, industry practitioners and academia alike. The instructor Rizqi was very knowledgeable, and it is very evident that Java is his cup of tea/coffee.” Dr. Ramesh Kumar Ayyasamy, Assistant Professor from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), said, “I attended Database Design and Programming with SQL for five days. This training was very informative. It really made me work out with several examples and come to know new data analysing functions and techniques, the best of SQL practices. I will conduct training to enrich my student knowledge by transferring the skills and tips I learned.” To engage students in computer science, educators need rigorous, robust academic curriculum that sparks curiosity and imagination while teaching critical knowledge and skills. These dedicated teachers now are prepared to bring their Java and Database skills and knowledge to their institutions and create classes for their students using the Oracle Academy iLearning tool.   Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

As part of Oracle Academy’s support for the Malaysian government initiative ‘Premiere Pride Challenge 2019,’ Oracle Academy recently delivered Train the Trainer events for senior educators/PhDs and...

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IT Students Make Industry Visit with Oracle Indonesia

IT Students from Institut Teknologi Kalimantan in Indonesia recently visited the Oracle office in Jakarta, Indonesia, to obtain a deeper insight into the IT industry, the latest technologies, and tech career options. The students flew from Kalimantan Island to Jakarta to visit the Oracle office and meet directly with the Oracle experts. The event’s keynote speaker, Mohamad Rizal Arryadi, CPIM, CSCP, a Principal Consultant of Oracle ASEAN, provided a presentation focused on the latest technology trends and innovations entering the market. These disruptive technologies are bringing new challenges to industry, and the education sector must be able to adapt with curriculum that meets these demands. Rizal shared steps that students need to take to embrace technological developments and advancements in the industry, such as quickly learning the essential technologies, getting career certified, learning through experience to contextualize their student learning, and employing their creativity. Nurul Huda, Country Manager for Oracle Academy Indonesia and Malaysia, shared how Oracle Academy supports students in learning and understanding current technologies, and how they can attain professional certificates on Database and Java before they graduate from school to prepare for further education or careers. This engaging event was closed with a lively question and answer discussion on topics raised by the students, and honed their interest in working in the IT industry. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

IT Students from Institut Teknologi Kalimantan in Indonesia recently visited the Oracle office in Jakarta, Indonesia, to obtain a deeper insight into the IT industry, the latest technologies, and tech...

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Oracle Vienna Hosts Java Workshop

In June 2019, students from the Vienna International School (VIS) attended a Java workshop at the Oracle office in Vienna, Austria. These grade 10 students are part of a coding class at VIS that combines the Oracle Academy Java Foundations course with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Design subject. Max Jerg and Michael Lessiak of Oracle organized the student activities, starting out with an introduction to Oracle and its collaboration with CERN. The students then split into groups to work on various Java coding challenges that had been prepared for them.  The students had short breaks throughout the morning to take part in a table football tournament (locally known as “Wuzzler”). The table was modified as an example of physical computing for the students, with two iPads and sensors set up and programmed to keep score for the tournament. Students were awarded prizes for their individual group’s performances in the coding challenges, and the results of the Wuzzler competition! The main prize was a Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot. Once again, this was a well put-together workshop for the VIS students: Fun, challenging and reinforcing the programming concepts the students learned over the year with Oracle Academy curriculum. A few days after the trip, the students completed their Java Foundations year, and VIS Director Peter Murphy presented them with Oracle Academy course completion certificates. We congratulate the students and thank the Oracle office for hosting them.

In June 2019, students from the Vienna International School (VIS) attended a Java workshop at the Oracle office in Vienna, Austria. These grade 10 students are part of a coding class at VIS that...

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Oracle Academy Sponsors Summer School on Machine Learning in High Energy Physics, Germany

Oracle Academy proudly sponsored the Fifth Machine Learning in High Energy Physics Summer School. This year it took place at DESY in Hamburg, Germany, from July 1-10, 2019. It was organized by The Yandex School of Data Analysis, Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis, of National Research University Higher School of Economics, Hamburg University and DESY. The summer school covered the emerging hot topic of data analysis and research emerging from high energy physics (HEP), also known as “neural networks” or “multivariate analysis” “classisification/clusterization” techniques, among other names. These techniques in turn are part of the machine learning field. Machine learning is used to tackle issues such as online data filtering and reconstruction to data analysis offline. This renowned program is aimed at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, but also open to Masters students. The students were introduced both in a practical and theoretical manner to the new field of HEP.  Topics discussed included hyperparameters and decision trees as well as deep learning. In parallel, a data science competition was held to provide the students with real-life applications of machine learning. As part of the Oracle Academy support of the summer school, speaker Sanjay Basu, Oracle Principal Solution Architect, OCI Development, who has been working in the machine learning field since 2013, delivered a fascinating lecture on “Using Bayesian Framework to Identify Risks in Project Management.” We were delighted he took time out of his schedule to represent Oracle Academy and inspire these enthusiastic students.   

Oracle Academy proudly sponsored the Fifth Machine Learning in High Energy Physics Summer School. This year it took place at DESY in Hamburg, Germany, from July 1-10, 2019. It was organized by The...

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Oracle Academy Empowers Students with Oracle Certification in Indonesia

Oracle Academy recently facilitated Oracle Certification Exams for students at a public vocational secondary school, SMKN 4 Padalarang, in West Java Province, Indonesia. Twenty-eight students from the school sat the Oracle Certified Junior Associate (OCJA) Java Foundations exam at the computer lab in SMKN 4 Padalarang, which was proctored by Oracle University representatives. As a member of Oracle Academy since 2012, the SMKN 4 Padalarang vocational school has been implementing Oracle Academy course curriculum over the past three years, with teachers using the free Oracle Academy content to teach Java Fundamentals, Java Foundations, Database Foundations, and Java Programming, especially for students majoring in Software Engineering. The school plans to continue to teach the Oracle Academy curriculum, as it is aligned to the Oracle Certifications offered through Oracle University. It also plans to hold Oracle Certification Exams yearly just prior to student graduation to provide students with a useful credential when applying for internships, summer jobs, and their first job after leaving post-secondary education. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

Oracle Academy recently facilitated Oracle Certification Exams for students at a public vocational secondary school, SMKN 4 Padalarang, in West Java Province, Indonesia. Twenty-eight students from the...

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In Florida, Oracle Academy Provides Educator Professional Development Through K12 Partnerships

In an Executive Order released earlier this year, the State of Florida committed to focusing efforts on CTE and computer science education. The order dedicates the funding necessary to up-skill teachers and to help schools meet the state requirements for computer science offerings in its schools. In response to this, districts across the state are actively seeking professional development and curriculum resources for their schools. Broward County Public Schools is currently on-boarding their 80+ middle and high school institutions to Oracle Academy. Broward County is the second largest county in the state and the sixth largest in the country. In July, Oracle Academy Marketing Manager Danielle Ferretti traveled to Fort Lauderdale to help Bruce Regittko, Oracle Academy Instructor, deliver a Java Foundations training to 21 of the district’s K12 teachers. The district plans this to be the first of many efforts in up-skilling its educators. Ultimately, the goal is not only to increase the number of students that take part in CS courses, but to increase the number that follow through to and pass the AP CS A exam. The district is excited to utilize Oracle Academy’s free resources as a large part of that effort. During the training, three Oracle employees from the local office stopped by to talk to the teachers about how their efforts are so important to the future workforce. Oracle Regional VP of Sales, Paulo Manzato, credited his own grade school teacher with inspiring him to learn more about technology and believes that he is where he is today because of it. His colleagues, Ericka Silvestri and Perside Foster, are both from different functional areas within the company but both utilize their CS skills in their day-to-day career lives. It was a great demonstration to teachers that a foundation in computer science can pave so many different career pathways for students. It was a fun and engaging conversation and a great way to remind teachers why they are such an important part of the mission to prepare students for future career success. Content submitted by Danielle Ferretti.

In an Executive Order released earlier this year, the State of Florida committed to focusing efforts on CTE and computer science education. The order dedicates the funding necessary to...

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Oracle Academy Participates in APEC ‘Closing the Digital Skills Gap’ Forum, Singapore

As Oracle Academy Regional Director for Asia Pacific, I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ‘Closing the Digital Skills Gap’ Forum in Singapore. This two-day event gathered representatives from 16 APEC economies to explore policy options that can strengthen digital skills and the digital economy within the region. In response to APEC’s policy goals on human capital development, Project DARE – Data Analytics Raising Employment – was created to address the current shortage of employees skilled in data science and analytics. This lack of skilled employees has resulted in billions of dollars in lost revenue annually for the region. Many companies and organizations across various sectors, from healthcare to financial services and retail, are unable to fill positions requiring these skills. While the digital economy is rapidly evolving, education systems are not adapting at the same pace. A recent survey conducted by APEC showed that more than 50% of respondents admit that curricula at many academic institutions do not sufficiently bring digital skills into classrooms. At the forum, participants progressed a roadmap to support upskilling and reskilling programs carried out by employers, governments, and educational institutions across APEC. The roadmap details a set of industry-driven recommended actions to strengthen data science and analytics competencies, or DSA. The Project DARE framework seeks to inform the work of universities, companies and associations across the region, including how to better enable educators to incorporate DSA into classrooms. Sixty-two percent of a Digital Skills Gap Survey respondents indicated that one of the barriers to students and future employees developing career-relevant digital skills is that educators are not empowered to incorporate DSA into classrooms, including at elementary and secondary levels. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. We are very pleased to be able to participate in this forum and contribute to the ongoing discussion of educator empowerment with the right industry-relevant computing curriculum, and to the development of the roadmap that APEC economies can use to better advance and enable their digital economies and workforce. To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

As Oracle Academy Regional Director for Asia Pacific, I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ‘Closing the Digital Skills Gap’ Forum in Singapore....

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Oracle Academy Holds Faculty Day in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as Part of BUILD-IT Alliance

Even though nearly 55,000 students per year enroll in information technology studies in Vietnam, the government acknowledges a shortage of skilled IT professionals in the workforce. To help address this issue, the BUILD-IT Alliance is public-private ecosystem in Vietnam that supports educational quality and development at six Vietnamese engineering and technology universities. Along with USAID and Arizona State University, Oracle Academy is a partner in the BUILD-IT Alliance and supports these Vietnamese universities in the ongoing development of industry-relevant computing courses that prepare students for careers. On July 19, 2019, Oracle Academy worked with the BUILD-IT team to organize a Faculty Day in Ho Chi Minh City. The event was attended by 18 faculty members from eight universities in and around the area, and most of attendees were new to the Oracle Academy program. Oracle Academy Country Manager for Vietnam, Michelle Gao, along with principal instructor Jian Li, facilitated this event. They introduced Oracle Academy’s new offerings and led the educators through a ‘drill down’ so they could fully understand the Oracle Academy learning environment and free teaching resources. The highlight of Faculty Day was a presentation by a pioneering educator at Can Tho University, Ms. Bui Dang Ha Phuong. She shared in detail how she implemented Oracle Academy’s iLearning resources into her coursework, and how the tools fit into her existing course structure and rejuvenated the learning experience for students. Ms. Phuong exemplifies the energy that ambitious faculty can bring to curriculum innovation.  Not yet a member of Oracle Academy? To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member. If you’d like to learn more about the BUILD-IT Alliance, watch our video.

Even though nearly 55,000 students per year enroll in information technology studies in Vietnam, the government acknowledges a shortage of skilled IT professionals in the workforce. To help address...

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Indonesian Educators Attend Oracle Academy Faculty Day

To help educators better teach computer science and position students for the future, Oracle Academy held a Faculty Day event in Makassar City, Indonesia, on July 18, 2019. The event was attended by 100 computer science educators, including deans and heads of computer science departments from 50 institutions in South Sulawesi Province. Many current and new Oracle Academy members came to the event to hear about the newest Oracle Academy offerings and the latest technological developments in the industry.  Oracle Academy assists these institutions and faculty by providing computing education curriculum to support industry-relevant skills for their students prior to entering the workplace. These frontline educators play a key role in inspiring the next generation to become career ready and the tech leaders of the future within their country. The keynote speaker of this event was Mohamad Rizal Arryadi, a principal consultant of Oracle ASEAN SCM, APAC-APPS. He spoke about the fourth industry revolution that “Industry 4.0” is enabling ― and how the education sector must be able to adapt with a curriculum framework that teacher students career-relevant skills to meet future industry needs. Oracle Academy Country Manager for Indonesia and Malaysia, Nurul Huda, who facilitated the event, was in attendance to help faculty understand how the Oracle Academy program can support them and their students to keep up with technology advances. “The curriculum framework presented at the Oracle Academy Faculty Day in Makassar city has helped us to understand comprehensive computer science curriculum that is in line with current and future industrial needs. We as computer science educators are certainly very grateful and helped by this event. Hopefully, we can implement the Oracle Academy curriculum to help our students prepare for their successful futures,” said Muh. Sakir, Technology Community Activist, Makassar, and Informatics Engineering Lecturer at Fajar Makassar University. “Oracle Academy provides opportunities, especially for our students, to learn according to the latest technological trends that I believe will become their capital in the future after graduating from school,” said Achlis Djafar, Head of Software Engineering Study Program of SMK/Secondary Vocational School Kartika XX-1, Makassar. Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across this diverse and vibrant region for over a decade, and now includes more than 5,000 regional education institutions in its membership. These institutions, and their educators, gain access to industry-leading software and tools, as well as proven academic curriculum and resources at no cost, to help build the best computing education courses for their students. Not yet a member of Oracle Academy? To learn more about Oracle Academy’s free computing education curriculum and resources, explore joining Oracle Academy as an Institutional member.

To help educators better teach computer science and position students for the future, Oracle Academy held a Faculty Day event in Makassar City, Indonesia, on July 18, 2019. The event was attended by...