Oracle pledges USD 1.4 bln to EU digital literacy, coding

Thursday 1 December 2016 | 15:05 CET | News

The European Commission and DigitalEurope have launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, a multi-stakeholder partnership to boost computer science (CS) and coding proficiency at all levels within Europe’s workforce pipeline. Oracle has pledged a total of USD 1.4 billion to the project over three years, for direct and in-kind support of CS education throughout the EU. The company said the commitment is part of its greater USD 3.3 billion annual investment to accelerate digital literacy worldwide.

As part of the pledge, the Oracle Academy will train 1,000 additional EU educators in CS, Java and Database instruction, and seek to reach students across an added 1,000 EU educational institutions over the next three years.  The Oracle Academy will drive a number of programmes during the next three years. It will invite national coalitions in the EU member states to partner with the academy to deliver computer science education to teachers and students. It will provide new higher education curriculum in emerging technologies, and finally, it will level the Oracle Academy’s entire curriculum to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Oracle said its latest commitment to the EU is an extension of a pledge it took in 2013, which trained and empowered 1,246 EU educators to teach computer science, and added 203 EU educational institutions to Oracle Academy.

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