Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 17 | Page 33

INTELLIGENT CLOUD Interest in cloud computing ubiquitous The Oracle Academy in the region has members from UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt explains Jane Richardson. O racle, through its flagship Oracle Academy programme, advances computer science education and makes it accessible to students globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, in technology fields. Oracle Academy leverages Oracle’s technology to deliver programmes to secondary schools, vocational schools, two and four-year colleges, and universities. Offering a complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty training, support, and certification resources, Oracle Academy helps students gain hands-on experience with the latest technologies and develop industry- relevant skills prior to entering the workplace. With institutional members in 120 countries, Oracle Academy partners with educators to make more than 3.5 million students annually college and career ready. The programme is open to accredited, degree and diploma-granting institutions. Once an institution is a member, any of its teachers and students can benefit from Oracle Academy. Additionally, educators, educational administrators, and students can join Oracle Academy as individual members and gain direct access to Oracle Academy benefits. From the Middle East and North Africa region, in 2016–2017 academic year, Oracle Academy has members in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and Egypt. In the UAE specifically, Oracle Academy now has members across 28 higher education institutions supporting over 75 University faculty members and 11,000+ students. These include key educational institutions including the Abu Dhabi University, Higher Colleges Jane Richardson, Senior Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA. of Technology; American University in Dubai, Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah; Zayed University and Middlesex University Dubai. With Oracle Academy, students develop IT and business skills using software that is used widely across hundreds of industries. There are varying interests across the wide range of Oracle Academy courses in database design, SQL, PL SQL, Java programming and application development across different countries. Interest in cloud computing is however ubiquitous. Before students can write applications in the cloud, they have to master foundational computing, including SQL and PL SQL skills and object-oriented programming. Data is at the core of so many modern innovations – big data, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence among them – so developing SQL and PL SQL skills are the basis for future growth and success. In fact, the practice environments Oracle Academy offers in its SQL, PL SQL, and Application Development courses are cloud based. With Oracle Application Express, users design, develop and deploy database-driven applications using only a web browser. Through full academic curriculum, Oracle Academy students and faculty gain hands-on cloud-based computing experience by using APEX. Oracle Academy curriculum is developed specifically as academic courseware. The goal is to help provide students with the skills they need to 33