Sofia, 14 November 2017:
AWS Educate launched its first Cloud education project in Bulgaria in cooperation with HeleCloud and the Sofia University Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics. Bulgaria became one of the 47 countries worldwide which empower Cloud education in universities and schools. The pilot project was presented during an official press conference held on 14 November at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics.
“With the increasing demand for Cloud employees, AWS Educate provides an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals. AWS Educate is Amazon’s global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning endeavours.”, said Felix Manoharan, Head of AWS Educate for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Currently, AWS Educate unites 1,400 educational institutions across 47 countries providing free access to the secure Cloud services platform, labs, and powerful computing that enables dynamic content, video lecture capture and self-paced and distance models.
“Bulgarian students have great potential, motivation, and abilities, and it gives us great pleasure that HeleCloud and FMI agreed to this pioneering cooperation. Expanding students Cloud education with practical exercises on the AWS Cloud services platform will give them a leading edge when applying for a job. More and more companies are moving to the Cloud which leads to the need for well-prepared Cloud experts”, added Stefan Bumov, Chief Operations Officer, HeleCloud.
“It is an economic challenge for us to address the constantly evolving business needs. We are happy to welcome and support the initiative of AWS Educate and HeleCloud which will help us improve Cloud education at the University”, said Associate Professor, PhD Parvan Parvanov, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University.
HeleCloud will support the implementation of AWS Educate in the university curriculums, its adaption and the effective usage of the resources. HeleCloud consultants and FMI educators will develop together assignments and exercises in order to enable the students to get hands-on experience with AWS products and services, and Cloud technologies.
New technologies such as public cloud, Internet of Things, robotics and artificial intelligence are being adopted faster than ever in Bulgaria. The trend affects not only the companies but also education and human capital. Employing new disciplines into universities’ and schools’ curriculums is inevitable to address business needs for thoroughly prepared human resources. “HeleCloud supports the Cloud education development, and the launch of this first joint AWS Educate and FMI pilot project is only the first step in the development and advance of the Cloud education in Bulgaria”, added Stefan Bumov at the official press conference.
HeleCloud™ is an Amazon Web Services technology consultancy with offices in Maidenhead, UK, and Sofia, Bulgaria that helps enterprises of all sizes establish Cloud vision, and execute Cloud strategies through their industry-leading Cloud Roadmap methodology. HeleCloud™ also provides Cloud managed services to further amplify Cloud benefits and enable enterprises to focus on their core business and customers.
About Sofia University Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI)
The Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI) was founded in 1889 as a Physics and Mathematics Division to the first and most prestigious university in Bulgaria – Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
FMI conducts high-level education by preparing skilled staff for business and education – knowledgeable and capable, enterprising and creative. Lecturers work actively and purposefully for giving high-quality training, as evidenced by the success of the graduates of the faculty at international competitions and Olympiads in Mathematics and Informatics, especially the good realization as professionals both in Bulgaria and abroad. To learn more, visit https://www.uni-sofia.bg.
About AWS Educate
For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for computing, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 33 Availability Zones (AZs) across 12 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world – including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.