AWS Academy on IBU

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International Burch University (IBU) has a reputation for being a forward-thinking institution that is always looking to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to preparing its students for the job market. This is especially true in the field of information technology (IT), where IBU has a long history of providing students with a strong foundation in computer science fundamentals while also keeping up to date with the latest IT trends. IBU recognizes that the IT industry is constantly evolving and that it's important to stay abreast of new developments in order to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. As such, the university is always looking to incorporate new technologies and approaches into its curriculum, with a particular focus on those that are in high demand among employers. By doing so, IBU ensures that its graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce and make meaningful contributions to their chosen fields.

Thinking in the direction of following the latest industry standards and trends, International Burch University (IBU) has partnered with M.Sc. Dzenana Dzevlan, the AWS Community Builder and leader of the AWS Community in Bosnia, to develop a new curriculum for a class called DevOps Engineering on AWS. The idea behind this curriculum is to integrate two main topics - DevOps culture and tools - together with cloud computing, with a specific focus on AWS cloud. This class is designed for students in their third year who already have a strong foundation in computer science knowledge and development skills. The goal of the course is to provide students with hands-on experience with AWS tools and technologies, while also teaching them how to implement DevOps practices in the cloud.

Thanks to Dzenana's industry knowledge and experience gathered working with some of the biggest IT companies in the world, the curriculum was created to follow industry best practices and standards.

To ensure that the students have proper materials and sandbox playgrounds for their labs and workshops, IBU has become part of the AWS Academy Program. This program provides academic institutions with access to AWS resources, including AWS training materials, AWS credits for students to use in labs and projects, and access to AWS tools and services. By joining the program, IBU is able to provide its students with the necessary resources to learn and experiment with AWS tools and technologies, which is essential for building practical skills in the field of cloud computing.

The DevOps Engineering on AWS course has been met with great interest from IBU students, who recognize the value of learning about cloud computing and DevOps practices. The course's focus on AWS has proven particularly appealing, as students recognize the importance of gaining practical experience with a leading cloud provider. Beyond gaining industry knowledge and certifications, students have shown great interest in becoming more involved in the IT community through programs like AWS Cloud Clubs and participation in the activities of the local AWS community. This engagement makes IBU confident that students' cloud journeys will continue even after completing the course, as they continue to build upon the skills and knowledge gained through the program. Overall, the positive feedback from students reinforces IBU's commitment to providing relevant and practical education that prepares students for success in the IT industry.

IBU would like to express its gratitude to M.Sc. Dzenana Dzevlan, expert from practice lecturer for the DevOps Engineering on AWS class, Jen Looper, Head of the Academic Advocacy team at AWS, and the whole Academic Advocacy team, for their support and expertise in the development of this course. Additionally, IBU would like to recognize Dzenan Dzevlan, an AWS Community Hero, for his contributions to the course's development. Finally, IBU would like to express gratitude to professors Samed Jukić, Dželila Mehanović and Jasmin Kevrić for their invaluable support in the process of course development and implementation. Thanks to the efforts of these individuals and teams, IBU is providing its students with a top-quality education in cloud computing and preparing them for success in the job market.

The DevOps Engineering on AWS course is just one example of how IBU is adapting its curriculum to meet the needs of today's job market. By partnering with industry leaders like Dzenana and leveraging resources like the AWS Academy Program, IBU is able to provide its students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the fast-paced world of IT. This forward-thinking approach to education is just one of the many reasons why IBU is recognized as a leader in IT education in Bosnia and beyond.