The Qlik Academic Program has been working with students and lecturers from Birmingham City University for several years now, to introduce students to Qlik software and to help them to upskill in Data Analytics. We are pleased to announce that we have been able to go one step further, and the Academic Program resources are now part of the University’s Graduate+ Award Framework.
Graduate+ is a programme available to all students at Birmingham City University. It focuses on turning high-calibre students into work ready graduates, allowing them to develop professional and personal attributes. One of the skill areas included here is digital literacy, and as part of this, the Qlik Academic Program resources will allow students to develop data literacy and analytics skills. The resources offered by Qlik include training in Qlik Sense software and associated qualifications, as well as general training in analytical theories and concepts.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide students across the whole University with our great resources. As data is becoming increasingly important across all levels of all organisations, it’s more important than ever that everyone has fundamental analytics skills. Being part of Graduate+ means that students from all disciplines can be exposed to the training materials and qualifications, not just those from traditional STEM subjects.
You can read the full article here on FENews.We are looking forward to seeing how this new partnership helps students at Birmingham City University to secure the jobs that they want in 2020 and beyond.
If you are a University student or lecturer and you would like to sign up for the free Qlik Academic Program, apply today!
This month, the Academic Program visited students in the Business Information and Technology Society (BITS) at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Joining us was Chris Reiter (Sr Solution Architect) and Paul Franzonia (Manager of IT Security and Governance).
We covered topics such as, trends within analytics, how Chris and Paul (SJU alumni) are now working for Qlik, and what makes Qlik unique compared to the basic tools that students are exposed to.
We also encouraged the students to look beyond the analytics product that their professor teaches them in class. Its important for students to gain exposure to all available analytics products because the reality is, many companies use a wide range of products for different functions.
At Qlik, we encourage students to learn all of them! To help do that, we offer the Academic Program free of charge. Joining this program grants students software, training for a year, and the chance to sit for a Qlik Sense Business Analyst exam for a certificate. Bonus, we also provide access some amazing data literacy training which will add value to your resume!
But don't just take our word, check it our yourself,qlik.com/academicprogram
The Academic Program has been on the road in the UK again, and this time we delivered 7 sessions over 6 consecutive days, across 4 different Universities. As a direct result of these presentations we have had nearly 300 new students sign up to become members of the Academic Program, enabling them to take advantage of free Qlik software, training resources and qualifications.
Management students at Liverpool experience Qlik for the first time
At both Sheffield and Liverpool University we ran sessions within the Management Schools for a variety of classes including Management Masters students and MBA students. Also at Sheffield, we presented to undergraduate and post graduate marketing classes and provided them with specific examples of how analytics can be used within the marketing function.
Presenting Qlik to students at Sheffield Management School
At Birmingham City University (BCU) I delivered a session on “Preparing for the data driven world with Qlik.” This session was part of Graduate+ Week. Graduate+ is an extracurricular awards framework, open to all students at BCU to complement their degree. The Qlik Academic Program has now been introduced as part of this award framework, so that upskilling in Qlik counts towards gaining the Graduate+ Award too. We had students from a great range of subject areas in attendance, from computer science to marketing to sound engineering.
Finally, at Newcastle University we held a workshop for a Data Science MSc class. As well as getting the students hands on with Qlik Sense, we also had some excellent discussion around the importance of data story telling. We talked about how essential it is for data scientists and analysts to be able to communicate their findings from data in an understandable and impactful way to key decision makers throughout the business.
Data Science MSc Students in their Qlik workshop
On reflection after this busy week or so, one thing that struck me is the diversity of Universities, students and subjects that we are working with. All of them have different experience, perspectives and motives for working with data. But one view that seemed to be shared by many participants in the sessions, was the importance of data in the modern workplace. There seemed to be a great understanding that gaining insights from data can lead to many positives at all levels of an organisation. Thanks to this way of thinking, many students that we spoke to were keen to gain the free qualifications offered by the Academic Program, so that they can showcase their skills within Qlik to future employers. We’re really looking forward to hearing how the students progress with this over the coming months.
If you are a University student or academic and you are interested in finding out more or joining the Academic Program, please visit: qlik.com/academicprogram.
At the end of October, I headed to Bath and Warwick University to introduce students to the Qlik Academic Program and to highlight the importance of data literacy for their future careers.
For the visit to Warwick, I had great support from Marius Popa and Mike O’Shea from our pre-sales team. We presented to over 70 students studying for an MSc in Management Information Systems and Digital Innovation in the Management School. Dr Markos Zachariadis who runs the Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence module has been involved with the Qlik Academic Program for several years and is a strong supporter of getting students hands on with industry leading tools in the classroom. As well as giving students an introduction to the importance of Data Analytics in the modern workplace we also showed demos of how Qlik Sense is used across a range of organisations. From there students then had the opportunity to get hands on and build their first application in Qlik Sense. Since running the workshop, to date we have had 69 students from Warwick sign up to the Academic Program, so they will now be able to take advantage of our wealth of learning resources.
The following day, we headed to the University of Bath for the fourth year running. This time Julie Main and Kevin Alty from the pre-sales team joined me to deliver the session for the MSc in Business Analytics course. Güneş Erdoğan, Director of studies for the MSc Business Analytics Programme is our main contact at Bath and has been working with the Qlik Academic Program since 2016. After introducing students to Qlik Sense we set them a challenge of making recommendations on what Netflix should include in their 2020 catalogue, based on historic movie data. All groups made great presentations and as well as presenting their findings within Qlik Sense, the students also discussed the challenges and learning points that they had encountered throughout the session. Many now plan to use the e-learning resources available in the Qlik Continuous classroom to further improve their skills in Qlik Sense, so that they can use it for upcoming project work.
If you are a University student or Academic and would like to get access to our free Academic Program, sign up today! qlik.com/academicprogram
This weekend students in theMBA course about Predictive Analytics and Data Mining for Executives presented their final project using Qlik Sense! The students were provided a project in the beginning of the semester and were allowed to select their tool of choice. Many decided to use Qlik which was exciting because Qlik employees, David Lyons and Tomilayo Komolafe were able to mentor the students and attend to watch the final presentations.We look forward to working with Virginia Tech at the 2020 Bake Off!
All students are encouraged to join, regardless of their areas of study. Students wishing to improve their analytic and data literacy skills can apply today by visitingqlik.com/academicprogram
Don't miss your next chance to learn more about the free Qlik Academic Program in our live introductory webinar next Tuesday 8th October at 2pm GMT+1.
This time I will be your host, and I will be guiding you though a tour of all of the free analytics learning resources that we offer, an introduction to the Qlik Sense software, and of course an opportunity to ask any questions.
The webinar is mainly intended for academics and students who have recently joined the program, or who are interested in joining. But we welcome anyone who would like to find out more, to help spread the word about our great free materials!
You can register here. And in case you can't make it on the day, we will send you a recording of the session afterwards.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Last week Qlik attended a joint event hosted by theFederal Reserve Bank of New York Data and Yeshiva University’s Katz School of Science and Health.The conference was a celebration of innovation and community for STEM graduate students interested in data analysis, visualization, machine learning, and advanced applications of data techniques. Students attending were able to connect with industry leaders and get inspired by esteemed practitioners pioneering and shaping today’s data driven industries.
Qlik's own Paul Van Siclen hosted a session dedicated to Qlik Sense and attended a panel with other industry leaders.
The Academic Program was onsite to teach students how they can apply to the program for Qlik Sense software, training, the chance to receive a certificate and many other additional resources! Students were excited to learn that Qlik offers such a program at no cost and were eager to join before they completed school.
Qlik encourages all students to learn more about the Academic Program because data is everywhere! Don't miss out on the opportunity to add a critical skill set to your resume. Visit us todayqlik.com/academicprogram