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SP and Red Hat equip Singapore students with open source skills

Anuradha Shukla | June 21, 2017
To help prepare students for better careers, address the skills gap in the republic, and further support the open source community.

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Singapore Polytechnic (SP) has been offering courses that deliver relevant, up-to-date knowledge and skills on open source for the past 15 years.

The school has been incorporating Red Hat Academy's open source education programme into the curricula to help prepare students for better careers and further support the open source community. According to SP, more than 200 of its students participate in this programme annually.

Students can take up the Red Hat System Administration I and II courses, as well as the Red Hat Certified System Administration (RHCSA) certification exam through SP.

Once they complete this core curriculum, they can take the Red Hat Administration III course in preparation for the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification exam.

To help students gain hands-on experience during their course, Red Hat has sponsored a computer lab that students can use to apply lecture and other course material in practical, real-world scenarios. This enables them to better understand development and production processes. 

"There is huge demand without enough skilled professionals to fill it. With Red Hat Academy, we're trying to bridge that gap. We can give our students a headstart in getting high-paid jobs in related industries with Red Hat certification," said Dr. Carlos Acosta, senior lecturer and technology leader of Automation, Robotics, and Control at Singapore Polytechnic.

He added: "It is important for students to have Red Hat certification when they are pursuing jobs. Certification proves clear understanding of the different aspects of open source and Linux, [and serves as] a powerful asset for students."

One student who have benefitted from the SP and Red Hat Academy partnership is Sean Lok, a recipient of SP's Diploma in Information Communications Technology. "After I gained Red Hat Certified Engineer status and joined the industry, I realized just how valuable the practical side of the course was. My skills helped me diagnose and troubleshoot issues faster and more efficiently in a production environment," he shared.

Besides offering education programme for students, Red Hat Academy also provides training for SP's lecturers on the latest developments in Linux, middleware, cloud or open source. This allows lecturers to better understand the needs of the current IT marketplace and ensure that they equip students with up-to-date information in courses.


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