Most of us are know well of SAP as the market leader in the world of enterprise application software. The brand has facilitated the working of many companies, of various sizes in managing their day to day operations much more effectively. SAP has handled it all, right from taking charge of their back office, boardrooms, warehouses, storefront, mobile service and even their desktops, very competently and seamlessly.
SAP has today emerged as one such company which has enhanced the working of these companies and has enabled them to work more efficiently and productively and also gain more insight in the world of business which has definitely helped these companies in staying ahead of the competition. It is interesting to know that the SAP applications and services are being utilized by more than 282,000 customers and has helped them in operating much more profitably, grow much more competently, grow and also adapt themselves to the newer lines of business.
It is interesting to know that eight Palestinian universities have joined hands with SAP’s University Alliances program. With this tie up the universities plan to widen the scope and learning of the highly qualified graduates, this will be done by training the students on the vital skills which are very much required in the workforce of the 21st century workforce.
Marita Mitschein, SAP’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Investments and Managing Director for SAP Training & Development Institute in the Middle East and North Africa signed a sequence of agreements along with the various representatives of the universities signed a sequence of agreements that will lead to an increased number of noteworthy opportunities for the Palestinians on the 29th of April, 2015.
All these agreements were facilitated by OQR (Office of the Quartet Representative) and this was seen as an initiative for helping in the development of the Palestinian economy. The Office of the Quartet Representative or OQR has also worked with the different leaders in the company SAP based in North Africa and Middle East regions and has helped them connect with the various universities in Palestine. The main aim is to effectively enhance the working of these Palestinian universities and provide an access to students in the fields of business studies or IT in the SAP-developed curricula. Once this is done the students would gain the expertise along with the working knowledge of SAP and thus get an understanding of working in a global high-tech environment.
Apart from the University Alliances programme, SAP (Systems Applications and Products) also intends to generate a road map which would help in securing jobs and all of this would be done by virtue of the SAP Young Professional Program. This road map would essentially be meant for graduates who are holding degrees in Information technology, finance, science and business. All the Palestinian candidates who would be meeting the eligibility criteria will be getting the opportunity to get trained on some of the innovative and interesting tools, solutions and all the different things from SAP. This would enable the candidate to get an insight on the SAP business skills for all those candidates who would have a sound social as well as cultural understanding on the local region. This would ensure that the students are provided with a competitive advantage specifically for enhancing their career opportunities within the bandwidth of the different partners of the SAP’s ecosystem and would eventually lead to a better preparation for the flourishing economy which is digital in nature.
Marita Mitschein also added "SAP believes in the importance of IT to shape peoples live in the Middle East and we are proud to play a part in doing that in Palestine. "We believe that the talents in Palestine can be developed to create skills and jobs which will benefit the local economy and the wider region. We encourage our partners in the SAP ecosystem to play their part in creating jobs and opportunity"
Kito de Bo, Head of the Office of the Quartet Representative also stated "We believe there is an opportunity for the IT sector to be a significant contributor to Palestinian economic and employment growth, and we are delighted that SAP is taking a part in driving this forward. We look forward to our continuing relationship with SAP, and to work with the wider community of international IT companies to make a real contribution to this sector. IT is a critically-important and growing service sector. We believe that SAP can help improve the quality of the Palestinian IT offer even further, and help leverage this quality – together with relative wage competitiveness – to create opportunities and encourage investment in the Palestinian territories."
The Advisor to the OQR Private Sector Development, Enas Abu Laban explained: "Since 2007, this region has been one of SAP’s fastest-growing markets with more than 1,350 customers. There are over 1,600 qualified SAP consultants and 120 business partners across 16 countries – and our goal is for Palestinians to become an essential part of this network. Today’s announcements means that the universities of Bir-Zeit, Al Najah, Khadouri, Bethlehem, Polytechnic, Al Quds, Hebron and the Arab American University have joined 101 university alliance partners in the region, and become part of the SAP network – giving students access to significant skills and job opportunities."
OQR or the Office of the Quartet Representative primarily works with the objective of supporting the Palestinian people on critical agenda items such as rule of the law, economic development, and an improved movement along with an easy access for both people and goods as they work on their journey of building the institutions and economy of a feasible and peaceful state in Gaza and the West Bank, which even includes East Jerusalem.