The Frank G. Zarb School of Business and IBM Global University are launching a new alliance that will enhance Hofstra’s technology curriculum and provide training and certification in high-demand digital skills to students and the surrounding community.
The new program, which will be developed in the coming months, will be offered through the IBM Skills Academy. The Skills Academy is IBM’s worldwide academic initiative to help universities keep pace with the digital sector’s fast-evolving demands for job candidates with market-ready skills. Eventually, the program will be expanded beyond the Zarb School to other areas of the university.
The partnership with IBM is the first of its kind in New York state, and one of only a few in the nation, according to Naguib Attia, IBM’s Vice President for Global University Programs.
“Universities are rising to the challenge of preparing students for the world of ‘smarter work’. Their future in ‘smarter businesses’ will include intelligent digital platforms, intelligent systems and processes, and a new era of man plus machine with embedded AI and data everywhere,” Attia said. “A major reinvention of education is underway. IBM is partnering in that transformation and pioneering a new model of education with the IBM Skills Academy.
“At IBM, we believe that expanding educational opportunities is a critical part of our mission,” he said. “We’re excited to partner with Hofstra to continue those efforts.”
Hofstra and IBM will begin the new partnership with an event on October 4, 2018 that will bring together IBM experts and university faculty to examine the applications for and impact of artificial intelligence on a range of business functions including marketing, finance and supply chain management. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Hofstra University’s Mack Student Center.
The alliance will take shape as the Zarb School prepares to move into a new, state-of-the-art building equipped with a sophisticated behavioral research in business lab and an enhanced start-up business incubator, as well as multiple student independent and collaborative work spaces.
“With the support of IBM, we will first enhance our programs in Market Research, in Supply Chain Management and in Blockchain,” said Zarb School Dean Herman Berliner. “Alliances of the kind that we are embarking upon with IBM are what will set our students apart in a competitive global marketplace. This program will also provide the community with critical skills to take advantage of job growth in the digital sector.”
IBM Skills Academy is a comprehensive training and badging program designed to empower students of various backgrounds with the skills needed to excel in emerging technologies and high-demand markets. In addition to IBM Skills Academy, the Global University Program organization also provides awards for collaborative research projects brought forward by IBMers in collaboration with university faculty to drive innovation particularly in the open source domain for all to benefit from. Lastly, they also manage the Academic Initiative program that provides their technology for free to academia for educational purposes.