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According to a 2012 study by IDC, The Digital Universe in 2020: Big Data, Bigger Digital Shadows, and Biggest Growth in the Far East, the world is doubling the amount of information created every two years, with the total volume expected to reach 40 zettabytes (1021 bytes) by 2020. To develop the workforce of tomorrow, we need to think ahead and anticipate what skills will be needed in the future. EMC plays an active role as a community partner by collaborating with colleges and universities around the globe to close the technology skills gap, which continues to grow with the increasing volume and complexity of data.

Through our Academic Alliance program, our global education partners use EMC-developed courseware to prepare the next generation of IT professionals for careers in information infrastructure, cloud computing, and Big Data analytics. EMC’s Academic Alliance, one of the industry’s first initiatives created to address the cloud and data science skills gap, helps to ensure the industry has a strong pipeline of graduates to meet its future needs.

In 2012, 290 new universities and colleges joined the EMC Academic Alliance and the program hit an important milestone of more than 1,000 participating institutions. Today, 62 countries are represented in the Academic Alliance, 20 of which were added in 2012. More than 70,000 students received education on information storage and management in 2012, and the program has reached over 150,000 students since its launch in 2006.


Membership in the Academic Alliance provides free access to “open” curriculum-based education, covering topics such as information storage and management (ISM), virtualization, cloud computing, and Big Data analytics.

The Academic Alliance provides faculty with free training and resources to teach information infrastructure technologies. EMC subject-matter experts work with professors to validate curricula and ensure technical relevance and integration into academic programs. At EMC World 2012, EMC released an updated version of the Information Storage and Management textbook, which serves as the information storage industry’s only definitive reference resource.

Registered students have access to an online portal that includes free eLearning, case studies, videos, podcasts, and white papers. We also encourage students to connect with their global peers and industry experts through Facebook and Twitter and the EMC Proven Professional online community.

The Academic Alliance program continued to expand engagement with the global higher-education community through events and seminars, including hosting the fourth annual Academic Alliance Conference in 2012. Held in Bangalore, India, the two-day event focused on cloud, Big Data, and IT transformation and attracted more than 500 students and faculty members.

Partnership with Rajiv Gandhi Technical University in India Educates 25,000 Students Annually

In February 2012, Rajiv Gandhi Technical University (RGTU) joined the EMC Academic Alliance. Through the partnership, Academic Alliance provides RGTU with curriculum, including the newly launched Cloud Infrastructure and Services course, to more than 200 engineering colleges and 25,000 students each year.

Academic Alliance Provides Hiring Pipeline

In 2012, EMC hosted the Grand Opening of our state-of-the-art Customer Support Center in Draper, Utah. Representatives from six area universities attended the event, including Academic Alliance members Stevens-Henager College and Salt Lake Community College. These member institutions provide a strong pipeline of candidates for the center and help support EMC’s goal of creating 500 jobs in Utah by 2015, further demonstrating our commitment to addressing the technology skills gap.

Press Release: More than 1,000 Colleges and Universities to Date Have Joined with EMC to Close Technology Skills Gap

Learn more on Academic Alliance’s Facebook Page


EMC’s Academic Alliance team engages with faculty to continually update and enhance the program. The team encourages feedback through our faculty portal, regular email communications, and interactions with Academic Alliance program managers.

In 2012, the Academic Alliance partnered with the Network Development Group (NDG), which brings IT labs online to provide students with hands-on virtual lab support for our ISM course. NDG, which has been partnering with academic institutions for more than 10 years, provides a cost-effective solution for faculty members to offer valuable lab experiences for students, which we learned through our engagement efforts, was important to faculty.


In 2009, EMC launched the Localization Internship Program (ELI), a joint program of the Academic Alliance and EMC’s Globalization organization. The localization team translates and tailors materials about EMC products and services so they can be easily used in languages other than English. Through the ELI program, students can apply what they have learned in the Academic Alliance and explore the possibilities of a career in translation and localization.

Students from universities around the world connect with each other via the ELI online community, fostering international and intercultural communication. In 2011, ELI launched partnerships with universities in China, Italy, and Japan, and in 2012, launched partnerships with universities in Russia. To date, more than 100 students have participated in the program. Moving forward, EMC plans to expand its investment in ELI, launching partnerships in new countries and maintaining our connection with academic institutions.

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