Oxford University Press opened its most recent tech center in Budapest; it will strengthen OUPʼs technological capabilities by contributing to digital developments and supporting its global IT infrastructure, the Budapest Business Journal has learned.
OUP says that it spends significant resources on developing its platforms and technologies, with digital knowledge rapidly gaining importance at the publisher.
The company chose Budapest due to the presence of a talented and highly-trained professional community. Recruitment for the newly created positions is already underway.
The headcount of the Budapest team is planned to reach 100 in the next 12-18 months. OUP says it is looking for experts with a knowledge of cloud-based systems, programming, and software testing, among others.
Apart from recruitment, OUP is also supporting the "Future: Hungary" conference, which makes Hungarian youth living in the United Kingdom familiar with the domestic job opportunities, to try and persuade them to build their career in Hungary.
"Like other publishers, OUP is going through a digital transformation in every market, and we know how important it is to invest in our technological capabilities," says Graham Dear, OUPʼs director of technology portfolio and agile transformation.
"This means that we have to recruit further IT experts alongside our existing technology teams. We will build our new tech center in Budapest due to Hungaryʼs strong STEM-based education system and renowned technology community. The center will play a role in supporting and developing the publisherʼs platforms and IT infrastructure, in order to let us develop with our partners and customers in the increasingly digital world," he adds.
Founded in 1586 (Only Cambridge University Press is older), OUP is one of the worldʼs largest university publishers, with offices in more than 50 countries around the globe, including Hungary.
The mission of the publisher, which operates as the part of Oxford University, is to develop top-tier education and research with its publications spread worldwide. Its products and services are accessible in more than 100 languages in more than 200 countries.
Thanks to its "Headway" series , which is well-known in Hungary, more than 100 million students have had the opportunity to learn English in 127 countries.