Thursday, August 7, 2008

DB2 on Campus ASEAN tour results


In a previous blog entry, I mentioned we reached almost 2000 students and 150 teachers in about 50 different universities in ASEAN. The story does not end there. In Vietnam, the local AI representative (Khiem Nguyen) is replicating the model and reaching more universities. For example, last week, he visited FPT university and delivered the "Web 2.0 and DB2 demos" presentation to 60+ students and 5 teachers. Following the model used to deploy the DB2 on Campus program and the IBM Academic Qualification, he then met with faculty to present the program, which was well received. FPT is now happy to participate in the IBM Academic Qualification program, and will likely send some teachers to the faculty training I will deliver at UNS university this August 18th. Khiem did a great job as well to find many student volunteers to translate the "Getting Started with DB2 Express-C" book to Vietnamese and to coordinate the work. He also found local funding to print hardcopies. We distributed some of these hardcopies during the DB2 on Campus tour, and he is distributing more as he visits more universities. The picture shown is from Duytan university in Danang, Vietnam where 80+ students and 3 teachers attended the presentation.

In Indonesia, Binus university has a program in Computer Science where almost 700 students choose the Data Management specialization every year. After the DB2 on Campus student's presentation, faculty members agreed that they would be offering DB2 in their curriculum. We are currently working with them to prepare the materials they can use that are suitable to what they want to achieve. They have indicated that starting this September, 600 out of the 700 students will receive training on DB2 per year as part of their curriculum if the material is ready. They plan to use the "Getting Started with DB2 Express-C" book and corresponding DB2 on Campus videos as part of the course, and we are also working on creating the course project. The picture shows some teachers and the dean of the computer science department at Binus university, listening to the faculty presentation about the DB2 on Campus and IBM Academic Qualification programs.

Similar examples where DB2 is being added to university curriculum is happening in Thailand and Malaysia. I'll report on that on a later blog.

Cheers, Raul.

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