SUSE Academic Program teams up with Linux Professional Institute to promote Open Source and Linux education | SUSE Communities

SUSE Academic Program teams up with Linux Professional Institute to promote Open Source and Linux education


As of December 12, 2019, SUSE and Linux Professional Institute (LPI) signed a MoU to increase the use of Open Source Software and provide quality learning and certification tools to the academic sector worldwide. When we first came together months ago, the goal was clear and simple, let’s utilize both of our communities to promote open source education. To highlight a few main points, the scope of the collaboration includes:

LPI will:

  • Join the SUSE Academic Partner Program
  • Encourage its Approved Academic Partners, as appropriate, to also join the SUSE Academic Program
  • Promote the relationship through its social media channels and website

SUSE will:

  • Become an LPI Academic Partner
  • Publicize the relationship to its SUSE Academic Partners and encourage them, when applicable, to also join the LPI Academic Program
  • Encourage its Academic Partners seek LPI as a place to get certifications


Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is a non-profit organization founded in Canada on October 25, 1999 and oriented towards certifications for LinuxBSD and Open Source Software based technologies. With more than 175,000 certification holders, it’s the world’s first and largest vendor-neutral Linux and open source certification body. LPI has certified professionals in over 180 countries, diverse exams in multiple languages, and has hundreds of training partners.

“SUSE and LPI firmly believe that more and earlier introductions to open source technologies complemented by professional level education is essential to continued open source adoption.  Our partnership with SUSE’s academic program will help make this education more accessible to everyone.” G. Matthew Rice

You can be sure to see more of LPI over the coming year and LPI Executive Director, G. Matthew Rice, is excited to come to SUSECON this March in Dublin.

SUSE in 2020 is working harder than ever to enable our academic partners and ultimately reach the next generation of professionals in students. Our collaboration will address the IT skills gap and help qualify more students entering the workforce in the coming years. In the future, this partnership will lead to a more constructive cooperation to include collaboration between the various certification offerings and engagement of each other’s commercial training partners.

Curious to learn more about this partnership or other ongoing initiatives in the academic community? Reach out to Academic Program Manager, Brendan Bulmer, at

Sharing in the “Open Open” mentality, the SUSE Academic Program is at no-cost and completely open to all academic institutions globally. We encourage all members of academic institutions to register at . You can also learn more about LPI by visiting .

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