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Qlik Academic Program has its first Professor Ambassador!

Since trialing the Qlik Academic Program at the start of 2019, lecturer John Smits has been blown away by the breadth and depth of the free resources available. So much so, that John has now undertaken the role of a Professor Ambassador, promoting the academic program not only within his own Universities but at many Universities across The Netherlands and Belgium.


John teaches across a variety of institutes at Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN University) and NCOI Opleidingen in The Netherlands. He lectures on topics such as Business Intelligence, Big Data, Fin Tech and Data Analysis.


The Qlik Academic Program can be used to teach across all of these subject areas and more. In fact, it is open to all students and academics at all Universities globally, regardless of their discipline. It is completely free of charge and gives access to the following resources:


  • Free Qlik software and related training.
  • Free e-learning for Qlik Sense.
  • Free qualifications for students to take in Qlik Sense/ Data Literacy/ Data Analytics.
  • Free product agnostic (non Qlik specific) training covering general topics in data analytics e.g. the theories behind visualisations, statistical concepts etc. This includes full lecture slides which you are welcome to use in class.


Regarding his motivations for joining the program John says:

“My mission is to make training in business intelligence available to all students, it’s so important for their future. This free Qlik Academic Program makes that possible. All of the materials for students and teachers are created and maintained by Qlik, meaning that teachers can adopt the materials into their curriculum without spending lots of hours developing training. The resources can be easily integrated into the classroom or used for independent study. From a student’s perspective the free qualifications available provide great motivation to get involved, as they can help to build a good resume.”


So far John has helped to introduce 37 students and 7 staff at HAN in to the academic program. We thank him for his support and look forward to welcoming many more members over the coming months, thanks to his efforts.


If you are a University student or academic and would like access to these free resources please visit qlik.com/academicprogram to sign up, or email lucy.bannister@qlik.com for more information.