The SAP America University Alliance Program's new research grant component awarded grants to four universities, with CSU, Chico receiving the top prize. Universities receiving $75,000 grants were Drexel University, Georgia Tech, and Purdue University.
CSU, Chico President Manuel A. Esteban, College of Business Dean Arno Rethans, and Professors Richard Lea and James Boykin accepted the grant at the first research program award ceremony January 29, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In 1996, SAP America chose CSU, Chico as the first participant for its University Alliance Program and contributed $2 million in software, training, and curriculum support to the College of Business. Other universities subsequently to join the alliance include the University of Texas, Harvard, USC, and UC, Irvine.
SAP is the world's leader of enterprise business-application software. The R/3 System, used in over half of the world's top five hundred companies, provides an integrated business system for varied functions. Over the past two years, more than five hundred CSU, Chico students have learned the R/3 System. No other American university has so extensively used SAP software in the classroom.
"CSU, Chico and the College of Business are being recognized as being on the leading edge of implementation of enterprise-wide software," said Rethans. "These funds will further support faculty efforts in integrating SAP software into the curriculum."
"As a world leader in the development of business application software, with more than twelve thousand R/3 installations globally, we've witnessed firsthand the way leading-edge companies are preparing themselves to operate efficiently," said SAP America CEO Paul Wahl. "We need to help prepare our next generation of business leaders for the new direction of the business world, and that is integrated processing. "
Corporate support of undergraduate training in the SAP R/3 software has been a major feature of the University Alliance Program. Hewlett-Packard has contributed $750,000 in hardware and software to CSU, Chico, while IBM Global Services, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Foundation Health Systems, Chevron Corp., and semiconductor industry manufacturer Applied Materials, Inc. have made cash commitments to the University.