QlikView, a leader in Business Discovery – user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), has announced that the QlikView Academic Programme has awarded nearly 100 grants in 35 countries since launching one year ago.
Part of QlikTech’s global corporate social responsibility programme, the QlikView Academic Programme allows any accredited, university-level institution to apply for free licenses of the QlikView Business Discovery platform to use within its educational curricula.
Universities around the globe benefiting from the QlikView Academic Programme include: Universidad Nacional de La Pampa (Argentina); Macquarie University (Australia); British Columbia Institute of Technology (Canada); University of Economics, Prague (Czech Republic); Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia); Polytech Lyon (France); Dresden University of Technology (Germany); Thammasat University (Thailand); Stockholm University (Sweden); University of Derby (UK); Idaho State University (US); and Hult International Business School (US).
The National University of Singapore Business School is addressing the need for students to build strong analytics skills in its purchasing and materials management courses.
Taught by former executive director of Global Supply Chain Intelligence at Estee Lauder Companies, Keith Carter worked extensively with QlikView, and knew he could use it to demonstrate industry practices effectively.
Students benefit by learning about the advances in analytics and the corresponding new opportunities that use analytics to help tackle complex business and societal challenges. The classes also give students the opportunity to apply analytics skills to real business scenarios.
“Because of the QlikView Academic Programme, instead of using textbooks, our students are getting real industry experience with Big Data tools to learn about a wide variety of industries such as transportation, beverage, and retail,” says Carter, adjunct associate professor, Decision Sciences National, at University of Singapore Business School.
“As a result, students preparing for careers are gaining strong analytical skills, and learning how they can leverage data to make better business decisions. Knowing how to use a ground-breaking tool like QlikView lets them show their future bosses what’s possible.”
Millikin University’s (USA) RJ Podeschi, assistant professor of Information Systems, has had a similar experience using QlikView in his classroom. For example, he tasked students with building QlikView apps that analyse commercial airline traffic to identify what attributes were more likely to cause flights to be delayed.
They also built apps that analyzed donor data looking for correlations between facets such as event attendance and giving, attributes that constitute a good donor, and territory analysis for development staff.
“Students preparing for careers are gaining strong analytical skills, and learning how they can leverage data to make better, more strategic business decisions,” comments Podeschi.
“Because QlikView is a simple and easy tool for students to wrap their heads around, I was able to spend more time in class working with them to build their applications and hone their skills, rather than getting a complicated BI tool to work properly. Seeing my students achieve their ‘a-ha’ moments thanks to QlikView made this one of my most memorable semesters yet.”
Villanova School of Business (USA) Wenhong Luo, Associate Professor of Accounting and Information Systems, believes analytics is going mainstream, which makes it important to invigorate the classroom by integrating the latest technology into his curriculum.