Khulisa Academy adds SUSE training to its curriculum

Dell Technologies’ high-performance computing academy in South Africa partners with SUSE to train students in open source software solutions

Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) has announced a partnership between Khulisa Academy, and SUSE, the world’s largest independent open source software company. Khulisa which means ‘nurturing’ in Isizulu is a training academy that was launched by Dell Technologies in 2016 and is designed to promote learning on high-performance computing (HPC), with a focus on youth from disadvantaged communities and attracting female students. The program intakes 30 students each year and spans over two years focusing on HPC certified skills training in Red Hat, Linux, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Internet of Things and several other HPC focused segments. The academy also continues to enhance its training program by offering new courses around digital technologies. The addition of SUSE open-source software training curriculum, will provide students with knowledge on one of the most dominant enterprise operating systems in the market today. Linux is overwhelmingly the preferred operating environment for the world’s servers – particularly around web and cloud infrastructure, where the Linux family holds more than two-thirds market share1. SUSE enables better futures and delivers innovative open source solutions and technologies for the enterprise to simplify, modernize and accelerate traditional and cloud native applications across the IT landscape.


Natasha Reuben, Head of Transformation, Dell Technologies, South Africa

As one of the largest global technology providers, we have a unique role to play in transforming the future for the better. At Khulisa Academy, we train and develop future technology leaders by equipping them with the skills they need to be part of the ICT workforce. By partnering with SUSE, we are enabling students to develop highly marketable knowledge and skills required in today’s evolving IT industry, giving them significant advantage to fast track their careers.”

As one the leading technology vendors in the server market, Dell Technologies offers a wide portfolio of next-generation server solutions that are engineered to integrate with open-source platforms including the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Dell Technologies has been offering SUSE support on its servers since 2005, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is validated on all Dell PowerEdge servers.

Melissa Di Donato, Chief Executive Officer at SUSE

“The demand for skilled talent who can work on open source-based software continues to grow as more organisations accelerate their digital transformation plans and migrate to Linux based high-performance computing platforms. This alliance with Khulisa Academy will help contribute to developing SUSE qualified engineers in the market while giving the youth of the country the opportunity to be part of a rapidly evolving and exciting industry.”

Di Donato recently visited the Khulisa Academy in South Africa. Inspired by her interaction with the female-focused academy, she expressed her support of SUSE’s role in an impactful program that drives the advancement of women in technology.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to meet and engage with the students of the Khulisa Academy. Their continued passion for open source innovation is inspiring and I’m looking forward to see the results of our partnership”, she said.

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