A statement from the company said the program aimed to get developers in industries of all types ready to meet the changing demands of the digital economy by providing open source knowledge, training materials and a low-cost education buying program for the education community.
In Australia and New Zealand, SUSE has several academic institutions ranging from schools and colleges to TAFEs and universities already participating in the program. Notable participants include Swinburne University of Technology, Macquarie University and TAFE NSW.
Founded in May 2017, the SUSE Academic Program now covers more than 400 universities, schools, libraries and other academic institutions. Support resources in North America have been increased and a doubling of the number of participants in the next six months is targeted.
“SUSE has long been a champion of open source education, and our existing links to academia have allowed us to work with a high number of schools in a short period of time,” said Sander Huyts, SUSE vice-president and Academic Program lead.
“We are committed to growing open source skills and education at the academic level, because we view them as critical to the long-term health of our industry and as fundamental building blocks of modern technology. We will continue to ramp resources and support to ensure open source continues to thrive.”
A Linux Foundation Open Source Jobs Report in 2018 found that hiring open source talent was a priority for 83% of hiring managers, an increase from 76% in 2017.
“With open source adoption gaining traction among organisations globally and in ANZ, the SUSE Academic Program provides invaluable training and insights on developing open source skills to teachers and students,” said Harry Kingma, ANZ country manager, SUSE.
“Swinburne University of Technology, Macquarie University and TAFE NSW are just some of our participants in ANZ that are part of this program. We anticipate more educational institutions in our region signing up to the program in the coming months.”