By Andy Tillett
Sun Microsystems has pledged to open the Levant region’s first Sun centre of excellence in Jordan.
Sun Microsystems has pledged to open the Levant region’s first Sun centre of excellence in Jordan. The move is a joint agreement between the vendor and two of the Kingdom’s leading educational establishments, Yarmouk University and Jordan University for Science and Technology.
The centre will provide computing students with training on Sun’s solutions as well as research programmes for undergraduates and graduates. This will be the second Sun centre of excellence in the region, after a Dubai centre of excellence was opened last year. Yarmouk already has an established Sun Java centre, but Sun claims its investment in a full technology centre is a move to develop the regions IT industry not only in Jordan but the surrounding countries.
“Sun is dedicated to contributing to the growth of the regional economy. We want to be full partners with the educational institutions, governments and businesses of the region, and demonstrate our positive corporate citizenship by playing a role in the success story that is the Middle East,” said Tarek Ayass, education sales manager at Sun Microsystems Middle East and North Africa
The Universities themselves see this as an opportunity that will provide them with the facilities to train and update their existing programmes for IT developers and managers. The services are expected to provide a better working environment for these courses to be successful.
“Sun’s involvement in driving this project will enable our students to gain a vital head start in information technology. This centre will act as a much-needed conduit between the theory our region’s students hear in the classroom and best practices found in industry-leading companies,” said Dr. Wajih Owais, president, Jordan University for Science and Technology.
Sun has already pledged a range of hardware and software to bring the centre up to par with other Sun centres of excellence. They will also have an ‘open channel’ to its Sun Customer Advocates for Reliability initiative (Suncare) labs in the USA, from which they will be able to receive full support. This is Yarmouk University and Jordan University for Science and Technology will provide material assistance and training staff for the project.
“Sun’s outlay of thousands of dollars for every one of our student is a huge investment, that will significantly enhance the quality of the Middle East’s IT sector. These applications will allow our students to gain invaluable knowledge into how to properly design applications to the most rigorous of standards,” commented Dr. Mohammed Sabbarini, president, Yarmouk University.