Develop your tech skills

14.09.2020, Germany, Bertelsmann

Bertelsmann University is launching the second round of the Udacity Technology Scholarship Programme. 

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“Cloud, data, artificial intelligence – these are the three technologies that will have the greatest impact on Bertelsmann,” said Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann Chairman and CEO, RTL Group CEO (read Thomas Rabe’s letter on Benet)

Over a three-year period Bertelsmann is investing several million euros to fund up to 50,000 tech scholarships on the online education platform Udacity to strengthen its employees’ tech skills. The idea is to teach them the digital skills needed for tomorrow’s job market.

The Udacity scholarship is open to all the RTL Group colleagues who want to expand their technology competences. The scholarship is aimed at beginners (basic computer skills are recommended) as well as experienced programmers. The programme builds on the success of previous initiatives and in 2020/2021 it is taking place for the second time since the three-year initiative was launched. It focuses on three tech learning paths:

  • Cloud: i.e. applications for online-based IT infrastructures
  • Data: i.e. applications for the analysis and interpretation of large volumes of data
  • Artificial intelligence (AI): i.e. applications related to machine learning and intelligent algorithms

Aspiring students should choose which one they would like to apply for. Each learning path consists of two phases:

1. Challenge Course (from 3 December 2020 to 15 March 2021)
During the first phase of this scholarship, the student is provided with access to an introductory Challenge Course for three and a half months. Applicants should be prepared to invest about three to five hours per week during this period. The scholarship holders participating in this initial phase of the programme will be part of a strong student community where they can engage with and receive support from their classmates.

2. Full Nanodegree programme (from 25 March 2021 to 4 September 2021)
The top ten percent of participants will receive a scholarship for a full Nanodegree programme in their chosen subject area. Access to these Nanodegree programmes includes expert project reviews, mentorship, and community support. Applicants should be prepared to invest about five to ten hours per week for the six months of the programme.

Applications for the second round are open between 15 September and 16 November at Udacity.

The programme is available in English, accessible online and can be followed at each student’s own pace as long as they complete the course within the specified time. The only technical requirements to take part are access to the internet and a computer – even though the videos can also be watched on a mobile device. The Udacity courses consist of a mix of videos, quizzes, exercises and interviews with experts. The students also have to submit projects to gain the Nanodegree.

Click here to read stories from participants of the first scholarship programme.

Click here to apply to the Udacity Technology Scholarship Programme:

You can find more information about the programme here:

About Udacity

Udacity, a global pioneer in lifelong learning, is an online education platform that develops practical tech-focused online courses in collaboration with leading tech companies. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California. Bertelsmann is one of Udacity’s largest shareholders. Udacity’s Nanodegree programmes are co-created with industry leaders and are designed for lifelong learners. Udacity Nanodegree programmes focus on jobs related to software development, data science, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and more.


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