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Students benefit from partnership through the SAP program

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is a member of the SAP® University Alliances program, an initiative that brings software, knowledge and skills into university classrooms around the world. The SAP (Systems Applications and Products) University Alliances program provides faculty with the tools and resources needed to teach students how to apply the latest technology in a business context, integrate business strategy and processes and put information technology (IT) theory into practice.

As a result of having this program as part of the curriculum at OLLU, students gain hands-on experience that has significant relevance to their careers and chosen field. The experience will give students seeking employment a competitive edge by corporations looking for these relevant and essential skills.  

"It is important for our students to have hands-on experience with tools that are an integral part of global business,” said Bob Bisking, PhD, OLLU dean of the School of Business and Leadership. “In addition, we are supporting employers looking for workers skilled in using SAP software. The SAP University Alliances program allows us to prepare the next generation of knowledge workers to be productive with SAP software solutions and intelligently apply information technology in a business context.”

Derek Mohammed, PhD, CISSP, CISA, PMP, who is leading the SAP effort for OLLU, said, "Over 85% of Fortune 1000 companies have implemented SAP and are using SAP to help run their businesses, hence students with SAP training are able to differentiate themselves and become more marketable in the workforce." 

The SAP University Alliances program is a global initiative with nearly 1,000 member campuses in more than 50 countries. Through the program, member schools are given access to SAP® Business Suite software, including the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application SAP® ERP. This comprehensive business software suite supports business and information technology programs, helping students put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises and problem-solving, case studies and academic projects.

SAP is the world’s leading provider of ERP and related applications. Global demand for certified SAP professionals increases every year, and OLLU is dedicated to giving its students an education that has great relevance to their careers.