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New Grant Program Gives Villanova Students Real-World Experience with Business Analytics

Colleges and universities can now give students practical, hands-on experience with business analytics, at no charge.

A new program launched this week by QlikTech, a provider of business intelligence solutions, allows educators to attain free licenses of business intelligence software to use in their courses. According to a statement released Tuesday, the QlikView Academic Program enables any "accredited, university-level institution to apply for free licenses of the QlikView Business Discovery platform to use within its educational curricula."

QlikView enables users to combine, explore, and visually analyze data. The platform "enables intuitive user-driven analysis in a Google-like experience, rather than confining it to a predefined path of questions."

The program is already in place at Villanova University’s School of Business. Students taking business intelligence courses are learning how to use data to solve real-world business issues.

"Analytics is going mainstream, which makes it important for us to invigorate the classroom and that calls for integrating the latest technology into our curriculum," said Wenhong Luo, associate professor of accounting and information systems at Villanova School of Business, in a prepared statement. "Working with QlikView, we are giving students the opportunity to tackle real-world business problems, and with this type of experience, students can be productive a lot sooner in their future endeavors."

Accredited colleges and universities—public and private—may apply for a QlikView Academic Program grant. The following will be considered:

  • Faculty, visiting instructors and/or research professionals formally associated with an accredited institution;
  • QlikView use tied to a defined course curriculum or formal academic program; and
  • QlikView use for academic research and education purposes, including student and faculty instruction, projects, and demonstrations.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit the QlikView's Web site.

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at knamahoe@1105media.com.

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