The SUSE Academic Program is preparing open source developers to meet the changing demands of the digital economy in more than 400 institutions
SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, is expanding its support for the next generation of open source software developers through the global growth of the SUSE Academic Program.
The program aims to prepare developers in industries of all types to meet the changing demands of the digital economy by providing open source knowledge, training materials and a low-cost education buying program for the education community.
The SUSE Academic Program, founded in May 2017, has grown to include more than 400 universities, schools, libraries and other academic institutions. The program has also increased its support resources in North America and aims to double the number of participants in the next six months.
“We are committed to growing open source skills and education at the academic level, because we view them as critical to the long-term health of our industry and as fundamental building blocks of modern technology. We will continue to ramp resources and support to ensure open source continues to thrive,” said Sander Huyts, SUSE Vice President and Academic Program lead.
Demand for open source skills is at an all-time high and increasing every year. According to the Linux Foundation’s 2018 Open Source Jobs Report, hiring open source talent is a priority for 83 percent of hiring managers, an increase from 76 percent in 2017.
SUSE’s Academic Program
SUSE’s Academic Program provides a variety of services to help meet the demand for talent and advance open source knowledge. This includes training for certified Linux and other courses, student curriculum materials for faculty and staff, free SUSE products for educational or lab use, a special SUSE buying program for educational institutions, development tools, and access to knowledge base, forums and technical support.