To better prepare today’s computer science students for the job market, Facebook, in collaboration with notable universities around the US, introduced a new kind of hands-on curriculum. Students enrolled in the company’s Open Academy will receive class credit for participating in the various Facebook open source projects. What is more awesome than attending a Facebook 101 class in the company’s headquarters?
Mentors are there to guide the educational process, offering students support and oversight. The program is meant to turn book-smart students into real-world engineers. After a successful pilot at Stanford last year, Open Academy has expanded to 22 universities. Just to name a few, UPENN, UC Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon have all signed on board.
Facebook shared their insight regarding this rigorous opportunity:
Projects are often larger than the people who participate in them; project management and interpersonal relationships can have as much impact on software design as technical issues; and systems are ultimately evaluated by user satisfaction rather than technical merit
Source: Tech Crunch
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