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Oracle Academy Club in Romania goes virtual

Jane Richardson
Senior Director, EMEA

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 environmentsupporting 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)





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