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University of Brighton’s Business School is proud to be one of five UK universities chosen as the first of SAP’s Next-Gen Chapters in the EMEA region.

We will be working closely with the SAP University Competence Center based in Technische Universität München to support other SAP University Alliances members in the UK to equip students with SAP software skills, and encourage relationships between industry, students and faculty to accelerate innovation and insights for the digital future.

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SAP is the world’s largest business software company that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations, many of which are considered industry standard.

The University of Brighton will be focused on ERPSim and Simulation, something as a SAP University Alliance member we have had embedded into our Business Management courses for several years. In our first year undergraduate module, students gain practical experience working as a team to manage a business scenario by using SAP’s Enterprise resource planning system (ERPSim).

As an SAP Next-Gen Chapter we can host regional faculty training, develop new academic curriculum and showcase thought leadership on digital business. We will also share best practice in linking student projects using SAP technologies to ‘innovate with purpose’. We are dedicated to acting as a hub for industry to recruit SAP skilled graduates, and will also work with other chapter members to crowdsource insights on accelerating digital innovations linked to purposeful outcomes, aligned with the 17 UN Global Goals.

“We are very excited to start this new journey with UK and Ireland leading universities. It is an amazing opportunity, first, to accelerate the education of young graduates to become the next generation of digitally savvy, purpose-focused leaders; second, to connect the country’s thought leaders, students, researchers, and start-ups with our SAP customers and partners, giving them the best tools and insights to transform into intelligent enterprises,” said Jens Amail, SAP MD for UK and Ireland.

Clare Millington at SAP conference

Clare Millington, our Business Management (Top-Up) course leader, represented the university at the SAP Academic Conference EMEA, where the new chapter members were announced. Pictured with Ann Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Global Head of SAP Next-Gen.

“At Brighton Business School we encourage the acquisition and development of the professional skills needed to enhance responsible enterprise practices. SAP software contributes to the success of many organisations and so the practical knowledge of SAP is highly sought-after by many employers.”

As a result, we value our ability to teach SAP to undergraduate and postgraduate students using ERPSim, the innovative business simulation game developed by HEC Montreal University. ERPSim certainly brings fun into the SAP classroom for students and for lecturers and we very much look forward to working with HEC on student competitions and future enhancements.”

Professor Toni Hilton, Head of Brighton Business School, University of Brighton.

The other four new EMEA SAP Next-Gen Chapters are the London School of Economics, University of Portsmouth, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Central Lancashire.


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Clare Prust • October 1, 2018

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  1. Simon October 15, 2018 - 8:35 pm Reply

    Well done Clare for developing the teaching of SAP at The School and equipping students with these valuable practical skills. Excellent work!

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