On February 4, 2019, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd reaffirmed Oracle’s commitment to institutions of higher learning during a fireside chat with Oracle VP of Higher Education Development Nicole Engelbert at the Oracle Higher Education User Group Cloud Symposium. Hurd highlighted global competitiveness as a key driver of Oracle’s strategy. He offered a long-term view on the importance of higher education in the United States, noting, “investing in higher education will be key, not just for Oracle, but for all our companies.” He also praised those in higher education leadership roles, calling their positions, “one of the hardest jobs I could ever imagine.”
Mark Hurd’s support for higher education includes his role as Vice Chair of Baylor University’s Board of Regents, his development of Oracle’s Class Of recruiting program, which focuses on the hiring of recent college graduates into Oracle’s sales organization, and his support of collegiate tennis.
The Oracle Higher Education User Group Cloud Symposium was held at Oracle’s headquarters in Redwood Shores, California, and brought representatives of 40 colleges and universities together to discuss Oracle Student Cloud and the ways it can be deployed to improve outcomes for schools and students alike.