SAP has opened 12 campus-located Next-Gen Chapters to encourage innovation and collaboration between SAP customers and universities across the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region.
The announcement was made at the SAP Academic Conference APJ 2018 at the University Competence Centre location for the APJ region (UCC APJ) at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
The lighthouse universities in the program will share best practices with the SAP Next-Gen network of over 560 universities in APJ.
“The SAP Next-Gen Chapters in APJ foster digital innovation by connecting academia, startups, partners and customers,” said Bruce McKinnon, head of services, APJ and executive sponsor of innovation for SAP ANZ. “The chapters also help deliver on our purpose, as they often focus their innovations on challenges associated with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
Chapters in APJ include University of Melbourne, Australia; University of New South Wales, Australia; Victoria University, Australia; Chitkara University, India; Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad, India; International Management Institute, India; National Institute of Industrial Engineering, India; Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology, India; University Islam Indonesia; Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore; Singapore Management University; and National Central University, Taiwan.
Some chapters will work across topics, while others will work on focus topics, specialising in subjects or purposes such as digital core with SAP S/4HANA, digital innovation with analytics, machine learning, or blockchain technology.
“The SAP Next-Gen Chapters will enable SAP University Alliances member schools to accelerate the education of next generation leaders using the latest SAP technologies. SAP customers will be able to tap this digitally educated and purpose focused talent pool to support how they digitally transform into best-run, intelligent enterprises,” said Ann Rosenberg, senior vice president and global head of SAP Next-Gen.