Sun commits to higher education in China
By Maijaliisa Burkert on Apr 22, 2009
On Tuesday, Sun signed an agreement with the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of People's Republic of China (SAFEA) to commit to a long-term cooperative relationship on a series of customized seminars, trainings, workshops and internship programs to empower key university administrators, teachers and IT talents with Sun's world leading IT innovations and industry-recognized open source technologies.
Additionally, the two will collaborate on the training programs for key teachers from China’s National Software and IC Talent International Training Bases and National Linux Technology Training and Promotion Centers.
The agreement supports China's national drive to cultivate talent and significantly improve the quality and capabilities of China's university administrators, teachers and future technologists by leveraging the power to open source technologies. Sun has long championed the innovative and competitive effects of open-source technologies, which have consistently proven to be more cost-effective, provide greater security, and deliver enhanced accessibility for citizens.
Vice President of Global Communities Lin Lee said in a press release, "We've consistently seen the positive impact that results when higher education leads the way."
I've seen a lot of activity on the Internet in recent weeks from Sun's Campus Ambassadors in China who have been very active in working with their peers to learn many of Sun's programs, such as JavaFX. So it seems that the timing for this cooperative agreement could not be any better.