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Cloudera expands its academic partnership programme to more than 100 universities

Nurdianah Md Nur | Dec. 2, 2015
By equipping participating universities with industry-standard Hadoop tools and curriculum, the programme aims to groom the next generation of data engineers and data scientists.

Cloudera today (2 December 2015) announced that more than 100 universities from around the world have joined the Cloudera Academic Partnership (CAP) programme. This is a 500 percent increase since its launch in April 2013.

In Asia, participating universities include the National University of Singapore,  Malaysia's Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Vietnam's University of Engineering and Technology, South Korea's Yonsei University, and University of Technology Sydney.

As data is increasingly driving businesses, Cloudera expects a growth in demand for Hadoop-aware IT professionals who could extract value from big data in future. CAP thus aims to meet that demand by preparing university-level students majoring in the computer science and business analytics courses for careers in big data.

Through CAP, participating universities will be provided tools for data and infrastructure management to conduct research that directly benefits students and the institutions. They will also be provided an industry-standard Hadoop curriculum to incorporate into their computer science and business analytics courses for free.

Professors and students affiliated with CAP programme institutions could download a wide selection of Cloudera's supplementary training materials at no cost, and receive discounts on all Cloudera Certification exams. Professors also qualify for deep discounts on Cloudera University professional training that is delivered by Cloudera's team of expert Hadoop instructors, and benefit from up-to-date classroom tools, instructor forums, dedicated program support, and the world's largest Hadoop knowledge base.

Commenting on the programme, Dr. Sameh El-Ansary, Assistant Professor of CIT, Nile University said: "As a researcher, my main goal in offering a Hadoop-based program is that I keep my students on the forefront of technology, but this can be challenging in such an ultra-fast-progressing field. The CAP programme team has been up to that challenge and even provided me updated content, with all the latest developments in the field, by the time I delivered my second offering. Having access to the well-crafted programming of the CAP labs gave me the chance to implement my dream teaching model. As a result, our university saw demand for our programme triple after the first offering of the CAP-based course."

"Two years ago, we set out to create the first university partnership centered around Hadoop education, a response to continued interest from our customers to help them find professionals that had the required skills to implement Hadoop initiatives," said Mark Morrissey, senior director, Cloudera Education. "We're now proud to lead the way in helping higher education train the next generation of data engineers and build a skilled workforce ready for the new data economy."


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