Oracle Corporation has announced a pledge of direct and in-kind support totaling $1.4 billion over three years in support of computer science education in Europe.
Announced in conjunction with the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition by the European Commission and Brussels-based DIGITALEUROPE, the commitment will expand the reach of Oracle Academy, the software giant’s flagship program in education philanthropy, in European Union member states. With the support from Oracle, the academy aims to train a thousand additional educators in CS, Java, and Oracle Database instruction, reach students at an additional thousand educational institutions, and deliver new higher education curricula in emerging technologies.
The pledge is part of $3.3 billion in annual giving by Oracle to advance computer science education around the globe. In April 2016, the company committed $200 million for computer science education in the United States as part of the Obama administration’s Computer Science for All initiative.
"Digitally skilled professionals are critical to Europe's competitiveness and capacity for innovation," said John Higgins, director general of DIGITALEUROPE. "Over the last ten years, we've seen the demand for workers with computer science and coding skills grow by four percent each year. Oracle's efforts to bring computer science into classrooms across the European Union will help strengthen our digital economy."