Today, I am honored to introduce Professor Javier Leon as one of the Academic Programs 2021 class of Professor Ambassadors! Javier began teaching Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 2017 and shortly after, he joined the Qlik Academic Program and has been an active member ever since!Utilizing Qlik Sense and the training provided by the Academic Program has allowed Javier’s students to obtain hands-on experience they can bring to their other business classes and beyond graduation. During his time at Saint Joseph’s University, Javier has embedded Qlik into two courses, Business Analytics for Business Intelligence and Critical Performance Management. His goal in these courses is to teach Qlik but also help the students create visualizations for their portfolios. He believes this will help them showcase their experience while looking for jobs. As an adjunct Professor who uses analytics at work, Javier understands the importance of bringing these skills to the job as he explains “With hands-on experience, students learn how to create different applications. When students leave school, they can show employers that they have experience with one of the most coveted tools in BI.“To learn more about Javier’s experience with Qlik, both in the classroom and at work, you can read more about his story by visiting empowering-through-bi-in-the-classroom-and-at-work.Javier’s curriculum has been so well regarded that he has introduced it in other universities! He is now teaching a course called Essentials of Data Visualization at Villanova University and Data Visualization at Eastern University, both headquartered in Pennsylvania.Please join us in welcoming Javier to the Professor Ambassador Program and congratulating him on his many accomplishments as a professor and Qlik enthusiast!
It’s my pleasure to introduce Sukanta Ghosh who is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Applications, at Lovely Professional University located in Punjab, India. He teaches courses related to Data Sciences, Data Analytics, Data Visualization and Machine Learning, and has been selected as part of Qlik’s inaugural class of Professor Ambassadors.
Sukanta describes his passion to be an Ambassador in his own words: “This is an opportunity where a diverse type of work is involved, it allows you to develop skills you already have as well as gain new ones. Professor Ambassadors are typically confident, dynamic, and strong communicators which means this is another opportunity for skills and knowledge transfer.” Also, the fact that he is able to network with likeminded individuals is a big plus. He feels this entire learning experience can be transferred to students and help them grow. Clearly, being able to exchange knowledge with other ambassadors and representatives of Qlik are one of the important reasons why Sukanta Ghosh chose to be an ambassador.
Sukanta believes these types of programs are important as data and analytics are a persistent part of our lives. Whether we fill in a form with our personal details to take part in a raffle, or whether we control the lights and the heating in our apartment with an app, data is everywhere. Emphasizing the importance of data literacy, he feels that we need to be data literate to be a responsible consumer and a citizen with mature judgments in order to make informed decisions even when it comes to our own personal data. In addition, he says “we need to be data literate to be able to make informed data-driven decisions. From a professional perspective, we need to be data literate because our future jobs and our competitive advantage depends on data literacy.”
As a Professor Ambassador of the Qlik Academic Program Sukanta plans to conduct relevant seminars and workshop to promote Qlik and Data Analytics among students. He also plans to conduct competitive events so that students can test their data analytics knowledge. He feels that as an ambassador, he will be able to introduce more students to Data Analytics and the Qlik Academic Program.
We are glad to have Sukanta on board to help us achieve our vision of a data literate world, and we are looking forward to seeing how he supports other educators and students on their journey.
Today we will be introducing you to our Qlik Professor Ambassador who is based in the UK. Richard Wilkinson is a Senior Lecturer in Computing at the University of Worcester. He first started working with the Qlik Academic Program in 2019 when he embedded our software and resources into his Data Driven Decisions module and since then he has been a great advocate of the program, encouraging many other staff at Worcester to get involved too.Richard decided to apply to become a professor ambassador as he is always keen to take part in knowledge exchange and he also wanted to raise awareness of the Qlik Academic Program with other educators. Richard commented: “It’s a great honour to be chosen and a great opportunity.”As well as wanting to champion the Qlik specific software and resources provided by the Academic Program, Richard is also very mindful of the broader Data Literacy element and addressing the current skills gap. “I think that data literacy is something that every country in the world needs to invest in for its students and we have got a real opportunity to be at the forefront of this,” said Richard. “The one thing that is certain in the future is that the importance of data will only increase, so we need to set students up with the skills to succeed in any career path they choose.” Richard sees data literacy as the next big challenge to face all companies and industries globally. “As there is increasing pressure on organisations to become data driven to survive, there is also increased demand for data literate graduates entering the workforce, and we need to support students to be equipped to meet this demand.”During his time as a Qlik Professor Ambassador Richard hopes to expand knowledge of data literacy across the University of Worcester and beyond, so that people can build up their skills no matter what subject they are studying. Richard recognises that data analysis is not just limited to the business world but is being used all the time in our day to day lives. “We’re in the world of Covid-19 and pandemics are modelled by data,” he said. “We’ve spent a year watching data slides and modelling and graphics. The medical and sporting worlds are driven by data and, in most fields you go into now, data literacy is crucial so in my opinion we need to be teaching data literacy to all of our students everywhere.”We are so pleased to have Richard on board to help us achieve our vision of a data literate world, and we are looking forward to seeing how he supports other educators and students on their journey.
This week the spotlight is on Angelika Klidas as we introduce you to the second member of our inaugural class of professor ambassadors.
Angelika’s journey with Qlik began in 2008 when she started out installing and managing a successful QlikView Competence Center as a team manager of the team. Since then, she has always been a huge Qlik advocate in both her day job and her university teaching. Angelika is currently responsible for setting up the Education Branch and is a strategical Data & Analytics advisor at 2Foqus a commercial Data & Analytics company. She also teaches Data and Analytics at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. She is a conceptual thinker who lives by the phrase “think big, act small, and scale fast” which she uses to inspire others to evolve in their use of data and analytics.
Angelika applied to become a Professor Ambassador with the Qlik Academic Program as she is passionate about educating students in data analytics and championing the cause of data literacy.
In Angelika’s words, “I love the power of grey, love the academic program and the great benefit that it gives to me and my students. My students are able to pursue their dreams when they want to work in the Data & Analytics work field.”
She further adds, “One of the best ways to prepare my students for the real world is to train them in the tools they'll use on the job. That's why I use Qlik Sense in the classroom. The first week of every semester, I invite all my students to join the Qlik Academic Program. They get a free subscription to Qlik's full suite of software, and access to online resources like interactive business cases and instructional material. My students can augment what they learn in my class with the online courses offered by Qlik Continuous Classroom. It's a way of getting them up to speed even faster.
I use Qlik in the classroom because it is the best BI tool I've found. It is state of the art and easy to use. It gets out of the way and lets my students learn the craft of business intelligence. “
Angelika’s teaching style is a combination of theory and practice where along with classroom teaching she give real life data to students in a role playing exercise. Students go on to present their dashboards along with Qlik representatives. Selected students stand a chance to be offered a job in an organization or through her network, Angelika recommends partners to hire select students.
We are looking forward to working closely with Angelika during her tenure as an ambassador and to creating more links with Universities in the Netherlands. For more information about our Ambassador Program please visit: qlik.com/us/company/academic-program/ambassadors
As you may already be aware, we recently announced our inaugural class of professor ambassadors for the Qlik Academic Program. These are a group of seven educators from all over the world who have made Qlik a central part of their classroom experience for the next generation of analytics leaders, and are keen to inspire students and other educators to understand the importance of Data Literacy.Over the coming weeks we will be introducing you to each of our seven ambassadors. You will get to know more about their background, why they wanted to become an ambassador with Qlik, and what they hope to achieve as they work with us this year.We would like to start off by introducing you to Blerim Emruli from Lund University in Sweden. Blerim is a Senior Lecturer in Informatics at the School of Economics and Management (LUSEM), with a research focus on artificial intelligence, decision support systems and business intelligence. He is motivated by the impact that his teaching and courses have upon his students, and the power that data has to transform business and improve society.Blerim applied to become a Professor Ambassador with the Qlik Academic Program as he is passionate about educating students to be prepared for the data literate workforce by addressing real-world projects and using industry leading tools.“I use Qlik in my teaching, first and foremost, thanks to theQlik Academic Programand the free resources offered,” explains Blerim. “We use the Qlik software and online training on Qlik products, up-to-date demos, Qlik customer stories, and applicable self-paced courses. The later allows for a flipped classroom or blended learning format, which has been immensely useful during the COVID-19 pandemic.During some of the computer labs, I invite Qlik instructors to lead the labs virtually, based on the content that we have discussed together and agreed beforehand. Finally, the students are asked to find a data set that is of interest to them in order to complete their group project assessment by making use of Qlik software that many are likely to encounter in a business environment.”During his tenure as a Professor Ambassador this year, Blerim plans to boost collaboration with theQlik Academic Programby further integrating our resources into courses within LUSEM in areas such as digital marketing and digital accounting, and the new Master's Programme in Data Analytics and Business Economics which is theninth most applied for master’s programme in Sweden. Blerim commented, “all this is as a result of some common values I share together with Qlik, like the vision for a data-literate world, where people, businesses, organisations, and governments tackle their most complex challenges with data.”We are looking forward to working closely with Blerim during his tenure as an ambassador and to creating more links with Lund University, in the city that is the birthplace of Qlik. For more information about our Ambassador Program please visit: qlik.com/us/company/academic-program/ambassadors.
This year is already flying by but I wanted to take a minute and share some analytics trends coming our way in 2021. Students can stay ahead of these trends by learning Qlik through the #Qlik Academic Program
We are witnessing a rapid shift towards multi-disciplinary learning which includes a diverse range of subjects which were probably not included earlier. Although not an entirely new step, the need to include multi-disciplinary topics in formal curriculum is more prominent now than ever before. This breadth in interest often supports the theory that breakthrough ideas cannot be attributed to domain- specific expertise alone. Claude Shannon, the person behind the Information Age, studied philosophy during his learning at the University of Michigan. The basis behind inter-disciplinary education is the fact that to develop all round capabilities of a human being, his intellectual, physical, emotional, aesthetic, and moral senses must be shaped well. Ancient Indian education focused on learning, spiritual and physical development, thus being holistic in nature.Students pursing engineering and design and environment at the National University of Singapore (NUS) from this year will take a new set of seven interdisciplinary modules from this year. The University feels that these modules would converge skills and knowledge required for work. Earlier NUS college of Humanities and Sciences included interdisciplinary modules in areas such as design thinking and scientific inquiry. The aim of the University is to expose students to knowledge and skills outside their specializations and prepare them for work and society. Among the six “pillars” that have been identified, data literacy is among these. Clearly, data literacy is gaining increasing prominence since the ability to read, work with, analyze and communicate with data is an important skill to possess. To read more about this article, visit: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/nus-introduces-common-curriculum-for-incoming-design-and-environmentTo know how data literacy and data analytics learning can be a part of your curriculum, visit qlik.com/academicprogram
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