Thursday Apr 23, 2009

Students Clamor for Sun

Today, Sun and the Ministry of Education of China announced the China Innovation Program for Students (CHIPS). CHIPS is a student development program that provides mentoring and training on some of the world's leading open source technologies.

The program will involve technology students from 10 universities throughout China that will be split into three teams per university.  Each team will be tasked to develop a project with open source technologies over the course of six months. The students will be building an online virtual collaboration site that other students can use as an online educational community.

 “In China and countries all over the world, Sun is finding that open source technologies and the knowledge to support them are more relevant and sought after than ever before,” said Lin Lee, vice president at Global Communities at Sun.

I couldn't agree more. Within the first two hours of Sun announcing this on their Facebook page, students from the following countries have already asked, 'when is Sun going to come here?'

- Indonesia

- Egypt

- Saudi Arabia

- Turkey

- Tunisia

- Morocco

- Sri Lanka

I thought it was amazing to see so many requests in only two hours from literally all across the world. It really shows that students are anxious to learn open source technologies, which clearly shows that open source is really the future of software.  To me, this is inspiring and really validates the hundreds of thousands of hours that have been poured into Sun's open-source programs.  

Wednesday Apr 22, 2009

Sun commits to higher education in China

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. 

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