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The University of Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Supporting ICT Growth with Computer Skills

Trinidad and Tobago is a small island country off the northern coast of South America. Energy, particularly oil and gas, have been the primary source of a robust economy, and Trinidad and Tobago has one of the highest per capita incomes in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, in recent years, the country has faced recession due to global gas surpluses and low gas prices. To offset these challenges, the government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has increased investment in the areas of tourism, agriculture, shipping, and information and communications technology (ICT).

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Partner to Oracle Academy



Opportunity

The demand for Oracle skills in Trinidad and Tobago is such that recruiters expect to see the results of students’ coursework during job application interviews.

Solution

The university has been an Oracle Academy member since 2012 and all of the programs incorporate courses in Oracle database, used extensively throughout Trinidad along with Oracle applications.

Benefit

Currently, twelve UTT Center for Information and Communication Technology academics teach Oracle database content in their coursework, having received hands-on training delivered by Oracle Academy that cover a range of subjects.


The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) has already taken steps to support the economic focus on ICT and prepares students for information technology jobs through a range of Computer Engineering programs.

The university has been an Oracle Academy member since 2012 and all of the programs incorporate courses in Oracle database, used extensively throughout Trinidad along with Oracle applications.

“Our mandate is to train our students to be comfortable in programming environments that include Oracle,” says Program Professor Rodney Rambally, Center for Information and Communication Technology. “The fact that Oracle is widely used within government and high profile organizations speaks volumes.”

To ensure his staff have the most up-to-date and relevant teaching materials, Professor Rambally works closely with Oracle Academy. Currently, twelve UTT Center for Information and Communication Technology academics teach Oracle database content in their coursework. The instructors have received hands-on training delivered by Oracle Academy that cover a range of subjects including Database Design and Programming with SQL, Programming with PL/SQL, and Java Programming.

“The students love it,” says Aparna Rajesh, a senior instructor at UTT who teaches Oracle Academy content 10 hours per week in two Diploma courses and one Bachelor’s course. “Most of the modules in my courses are very closely connected to Oracle—such as objects, sequences, and indexes that don’t exist in other databases. Students very much prefer Oracle, especially for their projects.”
 

Career Ready

The demand for Oracle skills in Trinidad and Tobago is such that recruiters expect to see the results of students’ coursework during job application interviews. At UTT, students develop projects using Oracle software in a team environment from inception to implementation.

“They take their documentation as well as the actual software used for developing the projects to the interview,” explains Rajesh. “Recruiters are generally very impressed by the type of work they have done.”

Because of the skills UTT computer engineering students acquire, a privately owned software development house that creates Oracle based applications for use across the healthcare sector has hired several of their graduates.

Varendea Baldeen, 21, currently works as a Database Administrator. “My job is to ensure that the Oracle database is tuned properly to increase performance,” says Varendea. “I have been able to use what I learned to diagnose errors, develop functionality, and administer the database.”

UTT graduate, Stefan Seepaul is now working as a data analyst at a mobile operator and entertainment company. His tasks involve interacting with Oracle databases, developing general adhoc queries and generating Management Information reports. Seepaul graduated from UTT with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Engineering in November 2015, having learned the fundamentals of Oracle databases, as well as the use of SQL through SQL*Plus.

UTT is one of Oracle Academy’s leading member institutions in the Caribbean, meeting the demands of government and industry for well rounded computer science graduates.

“We enjoy working with Oracle,” says Professor Rambally. “It has contributed to creating enviable employment opportunities and career advancement; we intend to keep up the momentum and indeed increase our collaboration with Oracle.”
 


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