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Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. By providing free tools and training, the program helps educators in more than 120 countries engage, inspire, and prepare millions of students to become college- and career-ready as technology innovators and leaders.
Now, more than ever, teachers need virtual resources to keep learners engaged. Oracle Academy supports its member educators with free teaching and learning resources, all available online using a browser. The new Oracle Academy Cloud Program provides members with free access to Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Oracle Autonomous Database, compute virtual machines (VMs), and other tools so educators and students can learn, build, and explore in the cloud.
“With unemployment doubling recently and youth unemployment exceeding 10 percent during the pandemic, this year the difference the Oracle Academy program will make in the lives of students is their ability to find a job right as they graduate, as opposed to when the global economy will recover.”
Oracle Academy works with more than half of the top 200 universities in the US and Canada. The program helps educators build their knowledge and skills with a robust schedule of free online professional education courses and webinars. For instance, a live webcast helped Oracle Academy member educators learn how to best teach Primavera P6 project management solutions in a virtual environment.
The Oracle Academy Club in Romania is one of 70 Academy members in the region, connecting students from key universities to their future technology careers. Since 2015, more than 60 students successfully graduated from the club’s class, which is hosted by Oracle Bucharest. In 2020, the club moved online, with 20 students attending workshops on topics such as operating systems, database, Oracle WebLogic, and Java, as well as soft skills related to careers—all delivered by Oracle Volunteers.
From 2018 to 2020, Oracle Academy doubled its reach in Latin America, with more than 3,400 active institutional members in over 20 countries. Oracle Academy works with key partners in the region to provide educator training and student computing education. Through an agreement with the Unit of Higher Secondary Education Industrial Technology and Services (UEMSTIS), Oracle Academy has incorporated more than 450 institutions into its program in Mexico. Centers in the region have access to Oracle Academy curricula, teaching and learning resources, technology, and educator training.
For more than 10 years, Oracle Academy has been growing its reach across the Asia Pacific region with more than 5,000 institutions in 24 countries. In the Philippines, Mapúa University, a top engineering and IT school, is using the free Oracle Academy Cloud Program to virtually teach data warehouse, mining, and management courses. Students can create, manage, explore, and practice using their cloud accounts.
Oracle Academy is committed to helping educators build their skills and networks, serving as a Gold sponsor of the 2019 Computer Science Teachers Association Annual (CSTA) Conference. Oracle Academy continues to provide scholarships to first-time CSTA attendees, supporting 29 of them in 2019.
Around the world, women leaders at Oracle are inspiring the next generation. In February 2020, Oracle Academy supported the Digital Girls event in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event was attended by 30 young women aged 18 to 29, who are interested in technology. Oracle Bulgaria technologists—all women—gave empowering presentations to the attendees.
Taiwan’s leading education expo, EdTech Taiwan, brought together more than 300 exhibitors and 3,500 Taiwan educators and school leaders. Oracle Academy presented a session, “Think autonomous and find more time to create,” introducing the Oracle Academy Cloud Program.
Oracle Academy offered a session on advancing computing education at the first-ever Oracle Academy Educator Day, hosted by the Higher College of Technology, held in Muscat, Oman, in 2019.
In the Dominican Republic, Oracle Academy signed agreements benefiting more than 790 educational institutions—including 3,500 teachers and staff and 50,000 students—with free computing resources.
In collaboration with Oracle Volunteers, Oracle Academy hosted Knowledge Builder sessions on AI, data analytics, machine learning, and Oracle Data Visualization Cloud for Nigerian STEM teachers and university students in 2019.
In collaboration with Collegiate Pathways and Oracle Volunteers from ABLE, Oracle Academy hosted workshops for 400 Florida high school girls at Tech Sassy Girlz in 2019. This annual event helps bridge the technology learning gap for minority female high school students.
Oracle Academy won a Silver Cyprus Responsible Business Award ’19 for digital education and skills and employing technology for the common good of the country.
Oracle Academy earned two Bronze awards for our work in education and responsible business practices in Greece from the Hellenic Responsible Business Awards 2019.
Oracle was recognized with a CSR Award by the American Chamber of Commerce for excellence in corporate social responsibility (CSR) for Oracle Academy’s work in Thailand.
The Indonesian Association of Higher Education Informatics and Computers (APTIKOM) awarded Oracle Academy a Certificate of Appreciation for being an outstanding contributor and strategic partner in advancing computing education in the country.