Friday, 5 Mar 2021
To foster the links between the academia and the industry, the first-of-its-kind SAP Next-Gen Lab in Oman was inaugurated at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) in cooperation with SAP, one of the leading enterprise software corporations.

First SAP Next-Gen Lab in sultanate launched at GUtech

The laboratory was launched by members of the Rectorate of GUtech and the SAP nation basic manager, Waheed al Hamaid, in the presence of a quantity of representatives from the market in Oman and from the German Embassy.

“There are currently around 100 SAP Next-Gen Labs worldwide. These special laboratories provide students with knowledge and skills for a digital future. They also connect the SAP ecosystem of customers and partners with students to work on SAP Next-Gen projects and events to connect companies recruiting next generation leaders with students and graduates who have digital transformation knowledge and skills and to showcase their start-ups with corporates seeking to create innovative solutions,” stated Hamaid.

“We are very honoured to introduce the first SAP Next-Gen Lab here at GUtech. We wish to create a special space where our Computer Sciences, Engineering, Geosciences, International Business and Logistics students can interact with companies worldwide and work with them on industry-related challenges, for example in the Logistics sector. This laboratory is a co-creation between the academia, students and the industry. It is a working space built on design-thinking principles to stimulate and encourage innovative thinking, collaboration and knowledge-sharing,” stated Dr Hussain al Salmi, vice rector for Administration and Finances at GUtech.

The SAP Next-Gen Lab connects consumers to academic ‘thought leaders’ and researchers, students, commence-ups, company accelerators, tech neighborhood partners, venture firms, futurists and SAP professionals.

“This unique cooperation will also help build innovations linked to the 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development,” stated Heiderose Moossen, manager, Training and Smart Solutions Center (TSSC) at GUtech. Similar SAP Next-Gen Labs currently exist on the Arabian Peninsula in Saudi Arabia, at Prince Sultan University, at the King Abdulaziz University and in the UAE.

Wissam Kadi, SAP Next-Gen director in MENA, stated, “We are delighted to welcome GUtech to our SAP Next-Gen Labs global network, which is specifically structured to encourage close collaboration between academia and industry. The combination between GUtech academic programmes and SAP’s solutions and breakthrough technologies will open up new learning opportunities for students to develop their future-ready tech skills.”

Using the SAP Leonardo platform, a digital innovation program, the university will foster a digitally educated talent pool.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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