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IBM and Republic Poly to groom mainframe professionals
ConvergenceAsia staff
29/07/2010

IBM and Republic Polytechnic (RP) have announced an agreement that makes the institution the first IBM Authorised Training Partner in ASEAN to offer professional certification and training on mainframe technology in Singapore and the region.

This professional programme, slated to debut in the fourth quarter of the year, marks the first time IBM Singapore is collaborating with an institute of higher learning (IHL) to offer mainframe expertise training to professionals.

This agreement builds on existing partnerships between IBM and RP, which together have invested a total of S$6.3 million in the RP Enterprise Computing Learning Centre including provision of training by IBM on the System z curriculum, materials and resources and collaboration opportunities with Mainframe end users.

As part of the System z Worldwide Academic Initiative Program, RP is already among the 266 global community colleges and universities that offer training in mainframe technology. The latest agreement makes RP the first IHL in ASEAN to offer courses in z/OS environment for industry professionals.

Phong Taylor, Director of Systems & Technology Group, IBM ASEAN said this new academic programme is focused on investing in the skills and talents of industry professionals who recognise the importance of mainframe technology, particularly for those in the banking and research industries.

We believe this MOU will take us to a new level of collaboration with IBM, and fully expect that this continued partnership will benefit both our graduates as well as industry professionals from Singapore and the region, said Fong Yew Chan, RPs Director of School of Information and Communications Technology.

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