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December 22, 2011

IBM Working with Universities Worldwide

IBM Teams with 500 Universities in India in First-of-a-Kind Faculty Development Program.

Students in China, India, Northern Ireland and Scotland Studying How Analytics Applies to Industries.

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Photo: On Nov. 2, 2011 at Columbia University in New York City, IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel J. Palmisano discusses the lessons IBM learned over its past 100 years, in a speech commemorating the company’s Centennial.

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Photo: In collaboration with DePaul University, Deepak Advani, right, VP of Predictive Analytics at IBM, unveils the Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics, with graduate students Mary Jo Zefeldt, left, and Jonathan Gemmel, in Chicago.

To address a growing market demand for analytics savvy graduates, IBM is working with universities around the world to bring advanced analytics training directly into the classroom. The company is expanding its academic initiatives for business analytics with new programs in China, India, Ireland and Scotland, helping students keep pace with today’s competitive job market by gaining skills in this fast-growing field of technology.

Everyday people create the equivalent of 2.5 quintillion bytes of data from sensors, mobile devices, online transactions, and social networks; so much that 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated in the past two years. This amounts to more data than organizations can effectively use without applying analytics. The new programs are providing students and faculty members, regardless of their course of study, with access to the latest software capabilities and thinking on how advanced analytics can be applied to tackle complex business and societal challenges.

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Photo: Members of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering gain hands-on experience with IBM’s most popular systems engineering software as they prepare for careers creating the smart cities, healthcare systems and advanced products and systems of the future.

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Photo: TOP: In 1986, IBM scientists Heinrich Rohrer (left) and Gerd Binnig (right) of IBM’s Zurich Research Laboratory were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of the scanning tunneling microscope. (Image courtesy of IBM Research) BOTTOM: In its centennial year, IBM is looking to the future at the opening of a new nanotechnology research center in Zurich, Switzerland on May 17, 2011. IBM Fellows and Nobel Laureates Drs. Gerd Binnig (left) and Heinrich Rohrer (right), whose pioneering work paved the way for the study of nanoscience, join IBM Research Senior Vice President Dr. John Kelly III to inaugurate the center, a joint collaboration with university partner — ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) — an engineering, science, technology, mathematics and management university in the city of Zurich, Switzerland.

According to the 2010 IBM Institute for Business Value and MIT Sloan Management Review study of nearly 3,000 executives worldwide, the biggest challenge is the lack of understanding in how to use analytics to gain insights that can improve business outcomes. In response to market demand, universities are incorporating analytics curricula and courseware into a variety of degree programs to educate college students in this growing field.

In India, IBM is working with faculty members from 500 universities to help more than 30,000 students develop skills in predictive analytics. As part of the program, IBM will conduct a series of training programs with business school faculty concentrating on predictive and business analytics, in 15 major cities throughout the country of India. The faculty members will complete a certification process in analytics at the end of the program.

Once certified they will begin to teach students about how analytics can be applied to their topic of study. The learning will involve access to predictive analytics technology and will focus on how to act on the results the analytics technology uncovers.

“I have been using IBM predictive analytics technology in a number of programs at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta,” said Sahadeb Sarkar, Professor, Operations Management Group, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM). “I hope this initiative will help teachers in universities to learn and include analytics in existing courses and design new curriculum that will help students gain a top-notch education to meet the demands of today’s businesses and government organizations.”

These universities join schools around the world including Northwestern University, Yale School of Management, Fordham University, DePaul University, University of Southern California and University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management, that are working with IBM to develop and implement undergraduate and graduate curriculum and training on business analytics.

“Through IBM’s Academic Initiative, universities are adding analytics to their course offerings, establishing new degree programs and now we are seeing an acceleration in global demand for training in analytics,” said Jim Corgel, general manager of IBM’s Academic Initiative.

According to IBM, through its Academic Initiative, it is making its software, courseware and curricula available to nearly 6,000 universities and more than 30,000 faculty to advance technology skills.

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