Honing business intelligence with SAP

Valparaiso University is a member of the SAP University Alliances Program, an organization that connects universities with SAP, the world’s leading provider of systems, applications, and products in data processing. SAP software is used at more than 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies to manage key business functions like maintaining accounts and warehouse management.

Within the job market, candidates who are skilled with SAP receive a significant competitive advantage. Our partnership with SAP ensures that Valpo graduates are equipped with the business intelligence skills that companies demand.

Valpo offers two SAP training courses, including the required core course Business 115: Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning Using SAP. Through the University Alliances Program, Valpo students are also invited to distinguish themselves at SAP contests and competitions. At the SAP National Marketing Innovators Competition, the Valpo team won in its first year as a competitor.

Solving real-world problems

Valpo partners with organizations such as Whirlpool Corporation, a top global appliance brand with corporate headquarters in Benton Harbor, Mich., to offer graduating seniors a real-world challenge. In the capstone course, Management 475: Business Policy and Strategy, students may have the opportunity to work with Whirlpool executives on a dilemma facing the company. Data is provided for students to analyze and present solutions to executives.

The experience allows seniors to demonstrate their well-honed problem-solving skills in a real corporate setting — and a chance to impress valuable new business connections.

Partner with Valpo

Hundreds of companies and organizations across the United States and around the world offer internships to Valpo students.

The College of Business also partners with local businesses in the Valparaiso community to provide learning experiences for our students. If your company or organization would like to explore a partnership with Valpo, please contact Niclas Erhardt, Dean of the College of Business, at