Red Hat Singapore office expansion aligns with new academic initiatives to nurture local technical talent while deepening ties to broader Singapore community with Singapore Management University (SMU)
Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced the expansion of its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. In addition to expanding operations in Singapore, Red Hat is also collaborating with Singapore Management University (SMU) to help local talent develop critical skills in cloud computing, IT systems and open source technologies as well as funding research to support mental health awareness in the region.
These initiatives with SMU align with the expansion of Red Hat’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore, which will serve as the company’s premier hub for engineering and open source innovation in region. The grand opening ceremony of the regional headquarters was officiated by guest of honor Jacqueline Poh, managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board.
The newly expanded regional headquarters at CapitaSpring in Singapore is a testament to Red Hat’s commitment and investment to enabling customer success with open hybrid cloud solutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Spanning three floors, the new office space is designed with considerations for the future of work, focusing on open collaboration space that aligns with Red Hat’s open culture ideology. The grand opening follows Red Hat’s recent recognition among the top ten Singapore Best Workplaces for medium-sized companies and Singapore Best Workplaces in Tech for 2022 by Great Place to Work.
The new office is designed to foster a community-focused environment for associates, including state-of-the-art technology and collaboration tools to help associates more easily connect with colleagues and customers around the world from almost any room. In addition, open spaces called “neighborhoods” offer collaborative areas for teams to gather more comfortably. In keeping with Red Hat’s global commitment to sustainable business practices, the new Singapore office also incorporates environmentally conscious operations and green initiatives.
Nurturing local talent with Singapore Management University (SMU)
Red Hat is collaborating with SMU to train local technical talent by offering scholarships and annual course-based monetary study awards to undergraduate students in the School of Computing and Information Systems, supporting the next generation of technologists. As part of the scholarship program, recipients may also be offered an internship opportunity at Red Hat Singapore to gain first-hand knowledge and industry experience.
Mental health awareness report with Lien Centre of Social Innovation (LCSI)
As part of the company’s social responsibility charter in the region, Red Hat is commissioning a mental health awareness report with Lien Centre of Social Innovation (LCSI) of SMU. LCSI will conduct an impact study on mental wellness for vulnerable children and youth in Singapore. Through this program, Red Hat associates will have opportunities to volunteer at partner organizations to build greater awareness for issues surrounding mental health in the industry.
Marjet Andriesse, senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Red Hat
“I am excited to announce the launch of our newly expanded regional headquarters in Singapore. We believe that Singapore’s values, resilience, agility, and dynamism mirror our own, making it a natural choice for Red Hat to expand our Singapore operations. In a challenging macroeconomic landscape, open source has the power to catalyze new growth across Asia Pacific regions. In addition to enabling successful business outcomes for our partners and customers, Red Hat is also devoted to fostering growth in the community by supporting the next generation of innovators and raising awareness for mental health in Singapore. These are only some of the ways in which we are giving back to the Singapore community and keeping the Kampong spirit alive.”
Jacqueline Poh, managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board
“I would like to congratulate Red Hat on the expansion of its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. This bears testament to Red Hat’s confidence in Singapore’s position as a technology hub and commitment to serve the region out of Singapore, as interest in hybrid cloud and open source solutions grows in the region. We warmly welcome Red Hat’s efforts to help develop new skill sets for local talent and look forward to the impact of Red Hat’s solutions to Singapore’s digital ecosystem.”
Professor PANG Hwee Hwa, dean, School of Computing and Information Systems, Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Computer Science
“Singapore Management University (SMU) aims to equip our students with a strong technical foundation, coupled with up-to-date skills in the industry. For the latter, it is imperative that we collaborate with like-minded industry leaders like Red Hat. The scholarships and study awards offered by Red Hat will not only support deserving students to develop their technical talents, but also enable them to gain familiarity with Red Hat’s products in real applications.”
Steve Loh, executive director, Lien Centre for Social Innovation, Singapore Management University
“We are absolutely delighted to work with Red Hat to draw attention to the critical social issue of mental health in Singapore. Red Hat’s commitment to Singapore is heart-warming as they look not only to expand their operations but also to make an impact in the community to address this current, urgent issue. Their culture of open source innovation makes Red Hat an ideal collaborator for us, as we work together to deliver innovative programs and support for those struggling with mental health.”