The goal of the nanodegree program scholarships is to address the global talent shortage in cloud-savvy application developers.

To address an industry-wide talent shortage in the cloud-native application delivery, an open source software firm and a global online learning platform have partnered up to introduce a nanodegree program.  

In addition, 300  nanodegree program scholarships will be made available to aspiring cloud native practitioners for the full nanodegree curriculum. The scholarship awards will be merit-based and allocated across a diverse range of course participants.

Furthermore, given the importance of diversity and inclusion in the field of technology, women and people from underrepresented backgrounds are invited to participate in this program. 

Program details

The Application Architecture Nanodegree program will benefit a broad range of individuals and organizations, including:  

  • Aspiring cloud-native practitioners: Experienced enterprise application developers and operations specialists looking to upskill, as well as post-secondary students seeking real world career skills development, will gain practical knowledge and experience that will qualify them for attractive in-demand career opportunities.  
  • Enterprises and government agencies: Such organizations will be able to take advantage of the Cloud Native Application Architecture Nanodegree to upgrade their talent base quickly and cost effectively.  
  • Institutions of higher learning: These academic entities will be able to offer scalable, state-of-the-art job training and résumé-building opportunities to supplement existing degree programs.  

According to /Sarah Whitlock, Vice President, SUSE: “Technology continues to change at lightning speed, and as a result so do business, education and public service entities, ready or not. Ongoing education is key to taking advantage of changing technology. This premier program will empower application developers and operations specialists with leading edge cloud-native application delivery skills and expertise. To help strengthen the cloud-native technology workforce, SUSE is pleased to fund 300 nanodegree program scholarships.”  

According to Todd Floyd, Vice President (Scholarship and Corporate Social Responsibility), Udacity, the global online platform hosting the nanodegree program: “Partnering with SUSE to offer cutting-edge online course content and expert instruction using open source technologies will provide a clear path for individuals to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to build and deliver cloud-native applications. This scholarship program empowers people at any stage of their career to expand their skills quickly with free Nanodegree programs.” 

Applications and enrolment

Applications for the Cloud Native Application Architecture Nanodegree program are now being accepted through May 25.

Selected applicants will be eligible to take the first course in the program, Cloud Native Foundations. This free online course introduces basic skills needed to develop and deploy cloud-native applications.

Following completion of the course, 300 top performers will be selected to receive a scholarships for the full Cloud Native Application Architecture Nanodegree program which will be available later this year.