Dell EMC

Dell EMC

DELL EMC collaborates with colleges and universities worldwide under the External Research and Academic Alliance, a program in the Corporate Office of the CTO. The Academic Alliance program focus helps prepare students for successful careers in a transforming IT industry. We offer a unique ‘open’ curriculum-based education on a number of technology topics such as cloud computing, big data analytics, and information storage and management. All courseware and faculty training are offered at no cost to qualifying higher education institutions. Officially launched in 2006, the Academic Alliance partners’ network has grown to more than 2.600 institutions, in over 90 countries. Faculty participants have delivered Dell EMC courseware to more than 500,000 students globally. Dell EMC pledges support to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition under our Academic Alliance program, by strengthening alliances with our existing member institutions in Europe and encouraging new institutions to enroll, which will enable faculty to offer the Dell EMC ICT skills to a greater number of students.


Pledge Category

Digital skills in education

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2018

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO

Dell EMC

Dell EMC enables digital transformation with trusted solutions for the modern data center.

Qualitative Impact

Technology is changing the way we live and work. Young people increasingly rely on digital skills to succeed in their professional careers and this will remain a challenge for future generations. That is why Dell EMC created a global partnership program with colleges and universities – the “External Research and Academic Alliances”. To prepare the workforce in Europe for the jobs of tomorrow, we make content for IT-related academic programs available to higher education institutions for free. Topics cover cloud computing, big data analytics, information storage and management. The educational content comes in different forms, ranging from courseware instructor materials - which includes student exercises and case studies - to readiness trainings provided by subject experts through video instructor-led training. Universities integrate the content into their curriculum, with students also able to complete courses with an official Dell EMC “Academic Associate” certificate. Globally, External Research and Academic Alliances gathers more than 2700 institutions across 93 countries . . Dell EMC has pledged to support the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, committing to build new alliances and strengthen existing ones, bringing more IT skills to more European students.

Quantitative Impact

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

In Europe, we are partnering with 155 institutions, enabling the higher education students across 26 countries to access industry-sourced IT knowledge. We’re celebrating this year the outstanding increase in the number of certified students on the Cloud Infrastructure, Information System Management & Data Science courses to reach 1667 certified students from Ireland, Spain, Lithuania, Italy, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Serbia, Finland, United Kingdom, Croatia, and Belgium.

Dell EMC was one of the main sponsors at MKWI 2018 which took place at Luneburg, Germany under the slogan “Data driven X – Turning Data into Value”. This conference provided a great opportunity for Dell EMC to get in contact with leading professors and academic staff of the German-speaking IS community. We’ve had one to one focused meetings with Prof. Dr.- Ing. Corinna V. Lang from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Nijat Mehdiyev, researcher from Saarland University and Prof. Dr. Paul Drews, Dean of Studies Bachelor Faculty at Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Pisa University – Italy as HPC strategic partner in EMEA has joined the ERA and started the adoption of the Cloud Infrastructure Course for 30 students this semester.

In Ireland academic partnerships were initiated and cooperation by visiting Griffith College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, University College Cork (UCC), and Dublin City University (DCU) where BSc in Data Science (DS) is being introduced for the first time ever in Ireland. DCU is currently considering our Data Science and Big Data Analytics course. In addition to, Dell EMC Research Europe, based in Ireland COE, drives Dell EMC’s future networks cloud, and security research agenda, through research and innovation in strategic application areas. Since inception in 2011, the research team in Ireland has positioned itself as a core contributor on EU-funded FP7 and H2020 projects, including: SPECS, SAFE-CRYPTO, SPARKS, ESCUDO-CLOUD, NEAT, SOLAS, and the upcoming SLICENET and TERAPOD. The team applies expertise in state-of-the-art technologies, such as software-defined networking, secure containers, semantic modelling, edge processing, storage virtualization, machine learning and data analytics, to produce innovative solutions for critical infrastructure protection and cloud security .


Milestone name Completion date Status
Have academic alliance regional managers promote the program to institutions of higher education and track new member enrollments by year per country. 31/12/2017 N/A
Have academic alliance regional managers strengthen our alliances with our existing member institutions to collect student data so we can track number of students educated through the program by institution. 31/12/2018 N/A