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SAP Academic Alliance

The Institute of Business Administration, Karachi will be the first university in Pakistan to offer SAP education as a part of its curriculum at undergraduate and graduate levels when it signed an alliance agreement with SAP on February 9, 2009. The collaboration will line up SAP’s University Alliances Program (UAP) with IBA’s ERP Academic Alliances Program (EAAP) and pave the way for IBA to offer SAP training on its campus in Karachi.

The agreement with SAP UAP will help in bridging the gap between academia and industry. This project will facilitate IBA in accomplishing its goal of producing highly skilled managers and entrepreneurs with greater field knowledge and technology experience.

Dr. Ishrat Husain, the Dean & Director IBA shared his vision of having IBA ranked among the top 100 global business schools and top 10 business schools in the Middle East and South Asia region within the next five years. The IBA-SAP agreement proves to be a milestone in this direction and is part of multi-dimensional uplift reform introduced in IBA recently.

Mr. Syed Sajjad, Managing Director of SAP Pakistan, said that SAP is committed to training IT specialists for the future and preparing them for the industry and market through the UAP. Through the UAP, which SAP is introducing on a global level, SAP aims to develop a talented pool of competitive infocomm professionals in an industry that is facing a severe talent crunch.

Dr. Sayeed Ghani, Associate Dean, Faculty of Computer Science, emphasized that the agreement with SAP will provide a competitive edge especially to the MBA MIS students who will achieve highly marketable skills with greater process/domain knowledge and using cutting edge enterprise solutions.

This collaboration which is being led by Mr. Imran Khan, Project Manager ERP Academic Alliances Program (EAAP)/Faculty of FCS, will further enable both IBA and SAP to overcome the upcoming challenges of the industry. Introduction of the world’s leading ERP solution will also give IBA graduates and faculty an edge to attain a hands-on experience of the best implementation practices around the globe. ERP consultants are in great demand in Pakistan and abroad, and the IBA-SAP initiative will provide new career opportunities to IBA graduates.

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Oracle Academic Alliance

Karachi, May 20, 2009: The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi signed an agreement with the Oracle Academy to introduce the Oracle Academy’s Advanced Computer Science program at IBA. This program will help IBA Computer Science students to develop the business and technology skills required for the modern professional world.

The agreement will enable IBA to integrate Oracle Academy’s software and curriculum into its undergraduate and graduate programs. By combining the Oracle Academy with IBA’s Academia-Industry Alliances Program (AIAP), IBA students get access to world-class technical curriculum and gain hands-on experience with Oracle’s industry-leading database and middleware software.

The Oracle Academy helps students worldwide to develop business and technology skills and provides teachers with world-class training and professional development opportunities by granting software, curriculum, and certification resources to high schools, vocational centers, colleges and universities.

Addressing the audience at the signing ceremony, Dean & Director IBA, Dr Ishrat Husain said, “IBA students will benefit from the Oracle Academy curriculum, gaining hands-on practical knowledge with industry-leading software while developing in-demand skills."

Associate Dean, Dr Sayeed Ghani added, “The addition of the Oracle Academy program will provide students with a competitive edge. BS (Computer Science) and BBA students specializing in MIS will achieve highly marketable skills with greater process/domain knowledge and using cutting edge enterprise solutions.”

Samina Rizwan, Regional Director, Oracle SAGE West said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome IBA into the Oracle Academy program. Through the Oracle Academy’s Advanced Computer Science curriculum, IBA will equip its students with the tools and knowledge that will give them an edge in the professional world. With the Oracle Academy, IBA's Computer Science students will be able to add more value to their academic profile.”

Imran Khan, Project Manager AIAP & Faculty of Computer Science highlighted that the IBA-Oracle alliance will enable IBA to produce highly skilled consultants, software engineers and IT entrepreneurs in order to meet the increasing demand of experts in the field of Databases, Information Systems and ERP.

The partnership with the Oracle Academy is part of the Director’s IBA Strategic Plan, which envisions IBA to be ranked among the top 100 global business schools and top 10 business schools in the region in five years. The IBA-Oracle partnership proves to be a milestone in this direction and is part of multi-dimensional reforms recently introduced in IBA.

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