CHEd, IBM agree on analytics master plan for PH

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[/caption] CHEd will cooperate with IBM to review the existing academic curriculum, and recommend courses to develop the necessary skills in the areas of analytics. The plan also calls for both parties to identify job opportunities which will be created in key industries as a result of the application of analytics, and form a Smarter Education Consortium with membership from academe, government, and industry to act as an advisory council and consultative body on next generation education policies and reforms. ?Stronger links with industry and technological innovations are essential for national development and progress. The government, several industries and companies, and key higher education institutions are collaborating in developing programs to train the future workforce in analytics,? said CHEd chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan. Licuanan said the cooperation will enable the country to leverage IBM?s best practice in the analytics area to prepare students to participate in the emerging global market opportunity for analytics, estimated to be about $160 billion by 2015. ?We share the same sentiments with IBM on how analytics can be the new game-changer. It allows organizations to make more informed and accurate decisions that will enable organizations to accurately anticipate and predict outcomes,? she added. IBM Philippines country general manager Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, for her part, said analytics is a huge market opportunity globally. ?IBM has recognized the potential for the Philippines to be the Global Center for Analytics due to its world class human capital resource, growing technical skill and proven success and experience in business process outsourcing,? she said. Recently, an international team of IBM volunteers worked with CHEd under the auspices of the IBM Corporate Service Corp (CSC) program. At the end of the month-long assignment in October, the team provided initial recommendations to CHEd, identifying ways to position the Philippines as an analytics education and technology hub for the region. ]]>

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