Monday, 13 July 2009

Philippines a major source for database professionals

Software firm Oracle partners with AMA University
Alexander Villafania

MANILA, Philippines – Database business software firm Oracle is setting its sights to make the Philippines as a major source for database systems experts.

Ryan Guadalquiver, Oracle Philippines managing director, said the Philippines has among the most technologically savvy students. In particular, there is also an increase in student enrollment in IT courses in the last few years.

Guadalquiver said the need for more database experts is due in part to the huge demand for IT staff in the Philippines and abroad.

The company recently opened its first Oracle Academy facility at the AMA University Makati Campus. Under the partnership, 22 AMA schools will integrate advanced computer science and enterprise business application programs into their curriculum.

Among the subjects to be integrated with the Oracle Academy programs are computer science, information technology and information management.

Some AMA faculty will also be trained on Oracle database and middleware software under the partnership.

Around 5,000 students are expected to enroll in program.

“Oracle Academy and AMA are investing to develop the country’s IT community and create advanced technical learning opportunities for students,” Guadalquiver said

Oracle previously signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education to incorporate Oracle Academy program into DEPED’s secondary curriculum.

This year, Oracle is investing $2 billion for its global Oracle Academy initiative. The program is present in at least 80 countries.

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