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Building Bridges, Expanding Horizons
25 Years SAP University Alliances


In the ever-evolving landscape of technology and education, there are significant moments that mark the beginning of transformative journeys. For SAP University Alliances, the story begins with a simple yet profound idea – the collaboration between academia and industry to empower the next generation of talent, which remains at the core of its mission to this day.

As we celebrate 25 years of bridging the gap between SAP and academia, it is crucial to reflect on our humble beginnings and the remarkable journey that has unfolded since.

Highlights and Milestones of SAP University AlliancesHighlights and Milestones of SAP University Alliances

The origin of SAP University Alliances can be traced back to the early days of the SAP software, then known as SAP R/3. It started as a pull-initiative by lecturers who recognized the value of integrating SAP software into academic teaching. Their enthusiasm and vision laid the groundwork for what would become a vibrant, highly engaged community of educators and learners.

During those early stages, universities that partnered with SAP University Alliances initiated the installation of SAP R/3 software using servers and CDs. This process, although initially challenging, further established the groundwork for future developments. To simplify the installation process, universities in Germany and the United States started a grassroots movement to host SAP systems centrally. This pursuit not only improved the manageability of hosting but also facilitated broad adoption among academic institutions globally.

The turning point came in 1999 when, on the initiative of former SAP Executive Board member Gerhard Oswald, prior independent programs converged, and the centralized SAP University Alliances Program was officially announced at SAP Sapphire in Nice, France. This marked a significant milestone in our journey, as it brought together a global community dedicated to leveraging SAP technologies for academic purposes. Since then, the SAP University Alliances community has grown exponentially, offering tailored curricula for academic teaching and providing access to SAP systems via so called University Competence Centers (UCCs) and Academic Competence Centers (ACCs).

SAP University Alliances Community Meeting (UA-COM) 2023SAP University Alliances Community Meeting (UA-COM) 2023

The impact of SAP University Alliances' initiatives has always been profound and far-reaching. From the Asia Pacific, Japan, and China (APJC) to North America (NA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), as well as Sub-Saharan Africa – universities around the world have embraced the program wholeheartedly. The program's portfolio has expanded to offer a variety of opportunities, including Academic Community Conferences, Train-the-Trainer workshops, and connections to the broader SAP ecosystem.

In many regions so called academic boards were established to serve as sounding boards for teaching offerings and curricula, setting new impulses for the program’s growth. Over time, SAP R/3 has transformed into SAP S/4HANA to teach Enterprise Resource Planning. As another advancement, the Young Thinkers Program was established providing initiatives tailored to schools, expanding the reach and relevance of SAP University Alliances even more. And to make latest innovations from SAP accessible to university students, cloud solutions from SAP like SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Integrated Business Planning, or SAP Build were made available for academic teaching, too. Early experimentation with AI in process automation and the introduction of sustainability offerings, like the ERPsim business simulation game and an upcoming EHS (environment, health, and safety) offering for teaching, further enhance the program’s scope and impact.

As we celebrate our milestones of building bridges and expanding horizons, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. To the educators, students, partners, and stakeholders who have contributed to the success of SAP University Alliances, we say thank you. Your dedication, passion, and commitment have been the driving force behind our achievements.

SAP Academic Community Conference Melbourne 2023  /  SAP Next-Gen 4 All Celebration 2023SAP Academic Community Conference Melbourne 2023 / SAP Next-Gen 4 All Celebration 2023

Over the past 25 years, our mission remains as relevant as ever, continually evolving to meet the needs of the changing educational landscape. Today, we stand as a thriving community of over 2,700 educational institutions, united in our commitment to integrating SAP into classrooms and providing the next generation with the skills they need to thrive in the future. Together, we work to ensure that every student is prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, enabling them to bring out their best.

Thank you, and here's to the next 25 years of SAP University Alliances!

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Hi @julia_stumpe ,

Thanks for the history lesson. Here's to another 25 years! πŸ₯‚

For those wondering which universities are members, click here.


Hi @julia_stumpe hoping you can help me with some questions I have regarding SAP University Alliances.

As a student at ORT University in Uruguay, I recently reached out to the Academic Department to inquire about the benefits of being part of the SAP University Alliances program. Unfortunately, they were unable to provide a clear answer. However, I believe it’s essential to understand the advantages of this program, especially for educational institutions like ours. 
Should the Uni provide any material for me to study? Or access to the software for hands on?
I'm not sure what is the benefit of being part of the Alliance.

Your feedback is much appreciated.

Product and Topic Expert
Product and Topic Expert
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Thanks for the question @VictoriaNunez .

@Igor_Belousov - can you help Victoria here?


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A fantastic community!!