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IBM Academic Program for System z Enterprise Server Skills Now Deployed at Approximately 550 Schools Worldwide

IBM Recognizes Thousands of Students With Awards and Access to Enterprise Software to Build Critical IT Skills

COIMBATURE, INDIA and ARMONK, NY and SHANGHAI, CHINA - 25 Feb 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced major milestones from its System z Academic Initiative Program to expose students around the world to the vast career opportunities currently available in enterprise systems computing. Today's news includes:





Corporate Training Programs for IBM Enterprise Servers Thrive
In addition to academic relationships, IBM has helped connect businesses that use mainframes with professors who teach the technology. Students learning IBM enterprise systems are getting opportunities with leading banks, such as Citigroup.

"Citigroup is committed to building a strong talent pool to support our technology infrastructure with System z and ultimately to provide unparalleled service to our customers," said Martin Kennedy, managing director at Citigroup. "For the past 18 months, Citigroup has actively pursued job creation opportunities in mainframe computing. IBM's Master the Mainframe Contest offers a great resource to secure candidates and helps the company get critical skills as quickly as possible."

System z community links bring mainframe job resources closer to students
To promote System z awareness and connect students, IBM has created a System z profile on Facebook (keyword: systemz mainframe) with hundreds of System z friends from major corporations, universities, mainframe fans, among others. Also available on Facebook, students can join the "System z on campus" community for school specific events or details for learning, promoting, and building a career in IBM's System z. IBM has created a worldwide Student Opportunity System for students to post their resumes for employer review and to introduce students to mainframe recruiters at http://www.ibm.com/university/students/sos/. Students can also access a portal for more information on contests, scholarships and other learning opportunities on http://www.ibm.com/university/students.

About Master the Mainframe Contest
In 2008, more than 1,876 students from 325 schools across the U.S. and Canada competed in the Master the Mainframe Contest, marking the largest turnout ever. To support the strong student interest, IBM provided access to the most current IBM System z10 mainframe hosted at the IBM Innovation Center in Dallas, TX. Student contestants accessed the same high performance computing resources that IBM's worldwide independent software vendors currently use to port and maintain their business applications for top clients.

Since its inception in 2005, the IBM student mainframe contests have attracted more than 14,000 student entries for thousands of prizes consisting of XBox 360s, Nintendo Wiis, iPods, pre-paid debit cards, trips to mainframe plants, etc. For 2008, the top five winners of the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest in North America include:

For a full list of the 2008 North America Master the Mainframe contest winners, visit http://www-304.ibm.com/jct01005c/university/students/contests/mainframewinners2008.html. For details on the 2008 Master the Mainframe Contest, visit http://www.ibm.com/university/contest.

About Destination z Scholarship program
Announced in October 2008, the IBM Destination z Scholarship is co-funded with IBM Business Partners and provides scholarship funding for educational courses to increase student technical skills in mainframe computing. For information on the IBM Destination z Scholarship program, visit www.zjournal.com/scholarship.

For more information about Anna University programs, visit http://www.annauniv.ac.in.

For more information about System z, visit http://www.ibm.com/systems/z.

For more information about the IBM Academic Initiative Program, visit http://www.ibm.com/university/academicinitiative.

Contact(s) information

Mylissa Tsai
IBM System z Media Relations
917-472-3680
tsaim@us.ibm.com

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