A generous gift of software licenses for classroom use from technology leader UiPath will provide opportunities for thousands of George Mason University School of Business students to learn emerging technologies in robotic process automation.
UiPath’s in-kind donation includes 8,200 three-year user licenses, valued at $2,000 each, for a total value of $16.4 million.
“This game-changing contribution of RPA software and support from UiPath will be a valuable complement to the school's focus on the future of work, and will help our students gain insight into new models for business,” said Maury Peiperl, dean of the School of Business. “The opportunity for students and faculty to work with innovators like UiPath is of immense benefit to all involved.”
Robotic process automation, or RPA, allows users to configure computer software to emulate and integrate the actions of a human interacting within digital systems to execute a business process. RPA robots can capture data and manipulate applications, allowing them to trigger responses and communicate with other systems to perform a vast variety of repetitive tasks. Access to RPA software shows students how business will increasingly be done by robots—and illustrates how jobs can be created for those who understand it.
“AI and automation will create more than 100 million new jobs in the near future. We at UiPath see it as our responsibility to help close this emerging skills gap by empowering tomorrow’s workforce to understand how to best use this technology to their personal, and their future employers’, advantage,” said Tom Clancy, senior vice president of UiPath Learning. “We are thrilled to partner with George Mason University and their students to showcase what’s possible with RPA and to give them the tools they need to propel better ways of working.”
With more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Mason’s School of Business is the largest in Virginia. Undergraduate enrollment has increased by nearly 50% over the past five years.
UiPath, the leading enterprise RPA software company, is the fastest-growing technology company in North America, according to Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500. Through its ease of use, scalability and open platform, the company has cultivated the world’s largest RPA community and has exceeded 6,000 customers, including more than half of the Fortune 500.
UiPath software has already been integrated into the Mason business curriculum, including a standard Introduction to Business Information Systems course that is required for all undergraduate business students. The application will also be used in at least two other courses, including Advanced Accounting Analytics.
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About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls 38,000 students from 130 countries and 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility. Learn more at gmu.edu.
About the School of Business
Dedicated to excellence in research and teaching, the Mason School of Business educates future business leaders through world-class, innovative academic programs and strategic business partnerships. Educating more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the School of Business is the largest in Virginia. The school is ranked among the top 100 undergraduate business school programs and top 50 part-time MBA programs by U.S. News and World Report. Learn more at business.gmu.edu.
UiPath is leading the “automation first” era—championing a robot for every person and enabling robots to learn new skills through AI and machine learning. Through free and open training, UiPath is led by a commitment to bring digital era skills to millions of people around the world, thereby improving business productivity and efficiency, employee engagement and customer experience. UiPath was recently recognized as the top company on Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the fastest public and private technology companies in North America, and #3 on the 2019 Forbes Cloud 100. Learn more at www.uipath.com.
Melanie Balog, George Mason University
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Toni Iafrate, Vice President, Global Communications, UiPath
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