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Qlik expands data literacy program to more Australia, NZ universities

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Data analytics vendor Qlik has expanded its academic program to more than 20 educational institutions across 20 cities in Australia and New Zealand.

The expansion encompasses universities such as the Macquarie University, Monash University, Swinburne University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney – providing lecturers and students with tools and services to help advance their analytical and data literacy skills.

Designed as an easily adoptable university-level program, the Qlik Academic Program provides lecturers with ready-to-teach, free resources — including instructor-led content, in-class activities, sample data sets, and student assignments — housed in the online learning portal, Qlik Continuous Classroom.

According to a recent Qlik Data Literacy Survey, with only a 19% data literacy rate amongst graduate entry-level workers in Australia, the academic program can help students elevate their data literacy levels while they are in school.

Qlik says that after completing the course, students are equipped to examine data analytics in the real world, apply fundamental concepts of data and distributions across various disciplines and identify advanced concepts in analytics.

“It’s been great working with Qlik to give our students the opportunity to enhance their data literacy skills and confront real-world business challenges,” Dr. Dominic Soh, Lecturer at Macquarie University.

“Qlik’s platform and programme gives students access to valuable resources to learn and succeed with data. Through this type of hands-on experience and applied learning, students feel better equipped for their future endeavours, and have access to more opportunities when they graduate.”

Sharryn Napier, vice-president and regional director, ANZ at Qlik said, “At the accelerating pace at which data is being created and consumed, students preparing to enter today’s workforce need exceptionally strong analytical skills and tools to stay up to date with the rapid change.

"With the Academic Program, we want to invigorate the classroom, put the power into the hands of students, and enable them to apply the analytics skills they learn to realistic business scenarios. We are ecstatic that the academic program has  gained such momentum in ANZ and are committed to driving it further forward in the coming months.”

The expansion of the QlikAcademic Program also includes new Qlik Sense Qualifications, which serve as a key component in validating a student’s progress in the programme and empowering them to apply these skills in their future careers.

And after learning skills in the Qlik Continuous Classroom, students can test their fundamental Qlik Sense skills and applied knowledge by completing a two-part qualification exam — earning either a Business Analyst or Data Architect qualification — and receive a printable certificate and a digital badge to share on resumés and other social sites.

“In today’s data-driven world, strong analytical and data literacy skills have become fundamental requirements across various industries,” said Kevin Hanegan, vice-president of Knowledge and Learning at Qlik.

“By participating in the Qlik Academic Program, these students are not only making themselves more marketable, but they’re prepared to stand out in today’s competitive workforce and set the new standard as the next generation of data literate business leaders driving the analytics economy.”

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