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Preparing students to meet global demand for software skills

IBM is committed to helping colleges and universities worldwide adapt their curricula to prepare students for success in a dynamic and fiercely competitive IT workplace. Through a global program known as Academic Initiative, we offer a wide range of technology education benefits that can be scaled to meet the goals of large research universities, community colleges and vocational schools.

In May 2008, for example, IBM announced a software certification program that enables students at more than 2,100 universities in China, India, Singapore and Vietnam to enhance their credentials—and successfully compete for the growing number of technology positions in the region. For a substantially discounted rate of $30, the students now have access to 25 Web-based exams covering IBM’s Rational software delivery portfolio, with twenty-two different certifications available.

“IBM’s certification program is an essential part of the curriculum and skills training for our students. It promotes their practical skills and specialty standardization—and broadens their career options.”

Professor Zhang Jiawan, Vice Dean of Software Studies, Tianjin University

“Achieving the IBM certification has increased my self-confidence and competency, and the greatest reward was in gaining employment in Standard Chartered Bank as a software developer.”

Lin XinZhen, Nanyan Polytechnic in Singapore

Based upon the success in Asia, IBM is expanding the discount certification program to students worldwide.

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