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SAP Enables New, Free Online Learning Tools

APRIL 15th 2020

•Specialized courses are available to high school students (ages 16 and up), university students, and others who have an interest in technology.
•The COVID-19 emergency has accelerated the adoption of digital platforms in education.
•Students will receive a completion certificate for each course, which they can include in their CV.

Costa Rica, April 15, 2020. CINDE, the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency and SAP, the Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing company, announced a new, free digital training initiative that will offer innovative and interactive educational content. The platform is designed for students over the age of 16, as well as for professionals and other adults who would like to further their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. About 90% of courses are available exclusively in English; however, 10% are available in Spanish and other languages.

This tool represents an incredible opportunity for high school seniors, college students, and others interested in learning new technological skills.  

“We are committed to student education and training during the transitional phase we are currently experiencing. That’s why we’re launching a safe and healthy learning environment, and thus continuing our training programs virtually while promoting innovation,” stated Randall Quiros, President of SAP Central America and the Caribbean.

The platform offers users three types of training courses: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on general topics of use to anyone interested; SAP Young Thinkers, a program aimed at high school students; and finally, a training program specifically for university students. All course offerings may be accessed via the openSAP platform.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
MOOCs are free online courses, available to anyone interested in learning about leading technologies, the latest innovations, and the digital economy. Course topics include automated robotic process automation, data science, machine learning, ethical artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), sustainability, Java programming, and more.

Young Thinkers Program, Available to All
To help students and teachers cope with school closings, SAP Young Thinkers training courses, including the “Get Coding with Snap” introductory course, are now available online and via open access.

SAP Young Thinkers provides a foundation for digital literacy, with the goal of inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in the fields of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics). Students and newcomers to computing can explore creative methodologies and technologies to help create a better world.

Free Course Offerings for University Students
For 90 days, SAP will provide access to four selected learning pathways for students interested in digitally preparing themselves to pursue careers within the SAP ecosystem and/or those who wish to study at one of the more than 3,800 affiliate universities in the SAP University Alliances program. Areas of study include SAP S/4HANA, SAP S/4HANA Cloud Finance solution, SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, and modeling in SAP HANA.

These course offerings are designed specifically for university students and are available free of charge. They include several learning formats in different languages, as well as free access to training systems for practice. These tools will help students prepare for an exam to earn global SAP certification in specific areas. Includes a free test exam. 

Carlos Morales