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American University of Sharjah joins Red Hat Academy

American University of Sharjah joins Red Hat Academy

Dr Björn Kjerfve, Chancellor of AUS (L) with Werner Knoblich, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat EMEA at the partnership signing ceremony

American University of Sharjah (AUS) today announced that it has collaborated with Red Hat to create the American University of Sharjah Red Hat Academy. Red Hat Academy is an open-source, web-deployed and web-managed education programme that is designed to provide turnkey curriculum materials to academic institutions to start and sustain an open-source and Linux curriculum.

‘AUS offers students the chance to experience authentic American education in the Gulf’.

This statement has four meanings. The standard of AUS instruction is the same as that of outstanding universities in America. The method of classroom instruction at AUS is American in its emphasis on individual initiative, active learning and the application of knowledge. Student life on AUS campus is rich with clubs, sports and cultural events. The AUS curriculum is organised according to the American pattern of semesters and courses.

Red Hat Academy is designed to turn academic institutions into centres for enterprise-ready talent by providing them with Red Hat training. For more than a decade, Red Hat Academy has supplied high schools and institutions of higher education worldwide, that have the required technology and support environments, with hands-on curriculum, labs, performance-based testing, and instructor support. Red Hat Academy’s web-based curriculum helps create competencies through performance-based learning and testing.

Dr Björn Kjerfve, Chancellor of AUS, said, “We are pleased to be partnering with Red Hat to provide practical training and experience to our students. As we move further into a world where cloud computing and virtualisation become the norm, these skills will be very valuable to our graduates. Partnerships such as these are in synch with our university’s plans of becoming a leading research university in the region.”

Dr Fadi Aloul, Department Head of Computer Science and Engineering at the College of Engineering at AUS said, “At AUS, we are committed to providing our students with access to the technology trends to prepare them for a competitive job market. Our partnership with the Red Hat Academy is a manifestation of that commitment.”

“We’re pleased to have AUS join us in this growing Red Hat Academy Program,” said Werner Knoblich, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat EMEA. “To help students learn about Red Hat technologies and solutions and establish in-demand open-source skills, we work closely with a variety of educational institutions. We look forward to continued collaboration with AUS as an important member of Red Hat’s training and certification ecosystem.”