By committing to an initial gift of $105,000 worth of high-end database software and to continuing software updates, Oracle has selected Fort Hays State University to be part of the Oracle Academic Initiative.
The Oracle Academic Initiative is a project to deliver Oracle software and curriculum resources to the colleges and universities.
Oracle says on its Web site: "Our mission is to enable every student of higher education across the globe to acquire industry-relevant skills and an introduction to the Oracle certification pathway as part of a broader program of study,"
"This type of commitment reflects a national corporation?s confidence in Fort Hays State University," said FHSU President Edward H. Hammond.
The partnership with Oracle will enable FHSU to take a leading role in providing course work in Web security and database software.
The university will offer network security and Web-enabled database classes to undergraduate and graduate students in information networking and telecommunications. The courses will be available to on-campus students and to others around the world through FHSU's Virtual College.
"Oracle is the national leader in Web database software," said Mark Bannister, chair of the FHSU Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications. "Students who learn this very complex system will be able to work in leading organizations or to use databases with less firepower for smaller needs. Adding Web Enabled Database Oracle classes to our Web development major and graduate offerings is a great boon for students.?
Network security is the second prong of the new FHSU initiative. Viruses and hackers are taking advantage of insecure networks, unprotected users, and inadequate systems, and students who take network security courses that build on internetworking and network architecture and data communications courses are highly sought after by corporate and public employers, said Bannister.