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IBM Beefs Up Big Data and Analytics Education Worldwide

The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts a 24% increase in demand for professionals with data analytics skills during the next 8 years

"IBM is committed to partnering with universities around the world to provide students with Big Data and analytics curriculum to make an impact in today's data-driven marketplace," said Richard Rodts, IBM's Manager of Global Academic Programs, as IBM last week announced that it has added nine new academic collaborations to its more than 1,000 partnerships with universities across the globe, focusing on Big Data and analytics.

"Leaders in business, education and government must take action to foster a new generation of talent with the technical expertise and unique ideas to make the most of the tsunami of Big Data," Rodts continued, noting that the new collaborations are all designed to help prepare students for the 4.4 million jobs that will be created worldwide to support Big Data by 2015. IBM was also announcing more than $100,000 in awards for Big Data curricula, he added.



Part of IBM's Academic Initiative, the U.S. colleges newly involved are Georgetown University, George Washington University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Missouri, as well as a new addition to IBM's partnership with Northwestern University. While internationally, IBM is partnering with Dublin City University, Mother Teresa Women’s University in India, the National University of Singapore, and the Philippines' Commission on Higher Education to offer data-driven degree programs, coursework and specialization tracks.

These collaborations span a variety of majors - including business, marketing, mathematics and health services - providing schools with access to IBM Big Data and analytics software, curriculum materials, case study projects, and IBM data scientists who visit classes as guest lecturers.

As part of its overall commitment to narrowing the Big Data skills gap, IBM is also announcing the winners of its 2013 Big Data and Analytics Faculty Awards in which 14 university professors from around the world will receive $10,000 each for top rated curricula designed to develop the business and technical skills required for data-crunching jobs.

The IBM Faculty Awards support basic research, curriculum innovation, and educational assistance in focus areas that are fundamental to innovation in the 21st Century and strategic to IBM's core business. The focus areas of particular interest include: smarter planet and cities; healthcare and personalized education; mobile first and social technologies; big data and business analytics; cyber security and cloud computing; and multi-core and hybrid systems

The winning Big Data and Analytics proposals, said Rodts, include programs focused on computer science/electrical engineering, business administration, economics, strategic management, and math and statistics.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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