Driving Industry Partnership
The Technology Office at San Jose State University connects our students, instructors, and researchers to enterprise-grade tools from some of Silicon Valley’s largest firms. By building industry and local municipality partnerships, we’re advancing the technology profile of the university, giving students direct experience working in our community to find tangible solutions for today’s problems.
Our partnership with LinkedIn began in 2017 when we were exploring ways to bolster our students’ workforce development. By January 2018, LinkedIn was providing LinkedIn Learning online courses to our university. These courses help students gain soft skills while expanding their technical knowledge. Courses for staff, instructors and researchers are also available for professional development and use in the classroom. Later in 2018, we started working with LinkedIn’s Skills Matching Index, an analytics platform that helps us see the gaps between students’ reported skills and employers’ candidate searches. Soon, we’ll be able to help students build their hireability profile to target specific jobs in the company of their choice, planning their careers for success from day one. No other university in the country has this kind of direct access to LinkedIn’s Data Engineering team.
In October 2019, SJSU started its partnership with foundational technology company IBM. Through the Technology Office, university researchers can gain access to the IBM Academic Initiative featuring Watson AI offerings, Cloud-based High Powered Computing and so much more. Instructors can bring real-world knowledge and expertise into the classroom with IBM Skills Academy. And there’s more to come.
The Technology Office brings guest speakers from Silicon Valley companies to present on and workshop emerging technology to SJSU faculty and staff. Technology has the power to elevate everything we do at SJSU, and maintaining our digital literacy helps us stay up-to-date on the latest developments in higher education implementations. Recent workshops include Google Cloud Products, Blockchain by Gartner, and IBM’s Real Quantum Computing.