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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 07 June 2017  – IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) and the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (UC Irvine DCE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Global Partner Program (GPP). The GPP Memorandum of Agreement allows the two organizations to jointly provide additional educational benefits and learning options in key technology areas to the IEEE worldwide membership and UC Irvine DCE’s existing students.

Both organizations will leverage existing content and utilize shared expertise to define future educational needs and create related material for their shared membership and students. IEEE CS and UC Irvine DCE will also benefit from each other’s strong brand recognition and joint marketing campaigns.

“The UC Irvine DCE is well known in the Orange County community for its dedication to the highest quality instruction on campus and online designed for the working professional who seeks career advancement and personal enrichment,” noted Andy Chen, IEEE CS Vice President of Professional and Educational Activities. “The IEEE CS education modules offer both fundamental and top-trend courses, including professional certification. The fundamental courses based on the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) focus on career-oriented skills such as software development, testing, maintenance, and management; the top-trend courses address such competitiveness-driven training topics, for example, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things. The mutual cooperation between the two organizations will help enhance our products and expand our client base.”

IEEE CS President Jean-Luc Gaudiot said, “This is a unique opportunity to combine the expertise and resources that the University of California, Irvine offers with IEEE Computer Society’s global reach and worldwide influence.  It will synergize our respective goals and enhance the reach of this major institution of higher learning, and at the same time reinforce the quality and timeliness of the professional education offered to the members of this international professional society, be they researchers or practitioners.”

Dave Dimas, Director of IT programs for DCE, expressed, “This partnership achieved by the MoU will leverage the strengths of both IEEE CS and the University of California, Irvine to provide a wide variety of additional resources to the industry.”