With open source becoming more popular in the enterprise, open source provider Red Hat has recently expanded a training programme to develop more IT talent for the industry in Singapore.
The Linux provider announced that the Red Hat Academy now includes Singapore Management University (SMU) and its School of Information Systems (SIS).
Under the programme, Red Hat will help SMU students obtain Linux certification with hands-on experience and an industry-aligned curriculum. SMU students can attain this certification at a subsidised rate.
According to the 2012 Linux Jobs Survey and Report by the Linux Foundation, 85 percent of hiring managers are finding difficulty in getting Linux-trained professionals, making them some of the most sought after talents this year.
Steven Miller, vice provost (Research), SMU; and dean, SIS, said SMU students are adept in developing innovative software applications. They have been getting Linux hands-on experience in the SMU labs.
"Now that our students can develop mastery of Linux through the Red Hat Academy, they can bring Linux-based software infrastructure skills to complement their business solutions development efforts. This is a win for users as well as for IT managers," said Miller.
As a participant in the Red Hat Academy (RHA), SMU students can also participate in local RHA partner activities such as workshops, seminars and competitions. Red Hat Challenge, a knowledge-based competition, is aimed at tertiary students across the region including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.
"The technology landscape in the next five years is set to undergo massive changes, particularly as more companies deploy new and emerging technologies. The objective of Red Hat Academy is to equip students with relevant skills sets before entering the workforce," said Danielle Tomlinson, senior director, Global Learning Services, Red Hat.
Tomlinson added that in the last five years, about 2,000 students in Singapore have experienced the RHA curriculum, and these students include those coming from four of the five polytechnics in Singapore and UniSIM.
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