SAP and National University of Singapore Partner to Accelerate Enterprise Transformation in a Digital Economy

SAP (NYSE: SAP) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have signed an agreement to help enterprises and students become better positioned in today’s digital economy. SAP and NUS will take part in joint activities to support the further understanding of information processes and their applications to the transformation of enterprises. This new agreement builds on existing collaborations initiated several years ago, on Enterprise Resource Planning technologies and applications.

(From left to right: Professor Jorge Sanz, Director, NUS Business Analytics Centre; Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School; Mr Darren Rushworth, Managing Director, SAP Singapore; Professor David S. Rosenblum, Dean, NUS School of Computing; and Mr Colin Sampson, Senior Vice President and SAP Ambassador, SAP Asia Pacific Japan)
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Under this three-year agreement, SAP and NUS will deepen the understanding of business process management and the interconnection with data analytics through graduate and undergraduate programmes. NUS students will gain access to a cloud-based SAP HANA system, the in-memory computing platform for next-generation applications and analytics. In addition, both institutions will publish case studies across different lines-of-business, starting with the first one on the transformation of the finance organisation at SAP Asia Pacific Japan (APJ), where SAP HANA has been proven as a key enabler for innovation and productivity. This case study is expected to be completed by September this year, after which the results will be shared publicly and used for student training.

SAP will also work with select students from NUS Business Analytics Programme on capstone projects. One such project is to optimise SAP’s order-to-cash process in the APJ region, where students will study SAP’s business processes and systems and provide business insights using SAP Analytics tools.

"As leaders in education and research, it is important that we leverage these opportunities to educate undergraduate and postgraduate students in emerging problem areas. A great example of this is how we are educating our students on the interplay between business process management and data analytics. The integration of information management and process management is a long-standing aspiration in Information Systems, in Computer Science, and more recently, in Business Analytics education,” said Professor David S. Rosenblum, Dean, NUS School of Computing.

“It is crucial that our Business School students and faculty benefit from new technologies that help accelerate the transformation of operations in all industries. This transformation will deliver the next level of productivity and innovation in organisations in the coming decade”, said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School.

“In the last five years, technology innovations, digitalization, and market volatility have driven dramatic changes to enterprises, especially in the finance function. Automation and process innovation will provide significant value-add to enterprises and will remain a key focus area in the coming years. This collaboration with NUS will help students and businesses better prepare for the digital economy,” said Colin Sampson, Senior Vice President and SAP Ambassador, SAP APJ.

“As a company, we are devoted to our corporate aim of grooming the next generation of IT and business talent and are committed to helping enterprises run simpler. As our world becomes more inter-connected, enterprises have a renewed focus to leverage IT as an enabler of everything they do. This agreement with NUS supports both our passions and builds on Singapore’s knowledge-based economy, with a first step to create a financial workforce of the future,” adds Darren Rushworth, Managing Director of SAP Singapore.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 291,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit

About National University of Singapore (NUS)

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university, which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.

NUS has 16 faculties and schools across three campuses. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 37,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.

NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 24 university-level research institutes and centres. It is also a partner in Singapore’s fifth RCE. NUS shares a close affiliation with 16 national-level research institutes and centres. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. It also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.

This year, NUS celebrates its 110th year of founding together with Singapore’s 50th year of independence. As the island’s first higher education institution established by the local community, NUS prides itself in nurturing generations of leaders and luminaries in Singapore and Asia.

For more information on NUS, please visit Details on NUS’ 110th Anniversary celebrations are available at

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Fan Tan
Global Corporate Affairs Specialist
SAP Asia Pacific Japan
Contact number: +65 6664 4416

Karen Loh
Associate Director (Media Relations)
Office of Corporate Relations
National University of Singapore
Contact number: +65 6601 1485

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