SAP has opened a ‘SAP Next-Gen Chapter' at the Canadian University Dubai (CUD).
The Next-Gen Chapter program is a SAP initiative to link educational institutions and SAP university labs with startups, accelerators and SAP partners, to encourage technology innovation and to develop workplace applications of future technologies.
CUD will become a ‘lighthouse campus' for the program, to work with other educational institutions in the UAE on innovation.
"SAP is dedicated to launching Next-Gen Chapters across the Middle East and North Africa region to support youth empowerment," said Wissam Kadi, Global Director of SAP Next-Gen Labs. "As a Next-Gen member, CUD is enabling youth to lead the era of digital transformation, and support sustainable economic, social, and environmental development in support of the UN Global Goals."
Speaking on behalf of CUD, Dr Anas Najdawi, Associate Professor of E-Business, said: "The SAP Next-Gen Chapter at CUD will engage students and professors in collaborative projects with SAP customers from several industries involved in emerging technologies and science fiction to innovate and cope with changes in digital economy globally in general and UAE in particular."
"SAP Next-Gen Chapters can host regional faculty training, develop new academic curriculum on SAP Leonardo offerings and showcase thought leadership on digital business," said Ann Rosenberg, Senior Vice President and global head of SAP Next-Gen. "Some chapters will share best practices in linking student projects using SAP technologies to ‘innovation with purpose', while others aim to foster student social entrepreneurs. All are dedicated to enabling academia as hubs for industry to recruit SAP skilled graduates and to crowd-source insights on accelerating digital innovation linked to purposeful outcomes aligned with the 17 UN Global Goals."
SAP Next-Gen Chapters also run ‘Code with Purpose Hackathons' which challenge students to develop technology solutions to social challenges; and ‘Sheinnovates' events to promote technology among young women and girls.