Eight senior executives with big data responsibilities (AIG, American Express, Samsung Mobile, Siemens Healthcare, TD Bank, and Wal-Mart Stores) met to discuss big data challenges at their companies. This McKinsey Report outlines their findings: one of them is talent. Couple of highlights in this respect:
“A widespread observation among participants was that the usual sources of talent—elite universities and MBA programs—are falling short. Few are developing the courses needed to turn out people with these combinations of skills”.
“They need more “translators”—people whose talents bridge the disciplines of IT and data, analytics, and business decision making. These translators can drive the design and execution of the overall data-analytics strategy while linking IT, analytics, and business-unit teams. Without such employees, the impact of new data strategies, tools, and methodologies, no matter how advanced, is disappointing”.
Our upcoming NEU Master in Engineering in Big Data (focused on developing these competencies) will certainly help provide them with these professionals!
According to the Times Higher Education (THE), a London magazine that tracks higher education, these are:
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Stanford University
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
- University of California, Berkeley
- Princeton University
- Yale University
- California Institute of Technology
- University of California, Los Angeles
For the top 100+ list click here.
The SAT announced major changes in the exam, according to this NY Times article. Some of them include:
- Instead of arcane “SAT words” (“depreciatory,” “membranous”), the vocabulary definitions on the new exam will be those of words commonly used in college courses, such as “synthesis” and “empirical.”
- The essay, required since 2005, will become optional. Those who choose to write an essay will be asked to read a passage and analyze the ways its author used evidence, reasoning and stylistic elements to build an argument.
- The guessing penalty, in which points are deducted for incorrect answers, will be eliminated.
- The overall scoring will return to the old 1,600-point scale, based on a top score of 800 in reading and math. The essay will have a separate score.
The World Engineering Education Forum to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emeriates, has opened its paper submission system. More details at http://weef2014.org/
Biomarker protein discovered at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) could identify pancreatic cancer early. Congratulations to my colleague and friend, Dr. Belinda Pastrana, who has fervently worked on this for the last 17 years with UPRM students! She has developed her own company to continue development and commercialization of the protein.
Forbes recently published the world’s richest people. This EducationDive article shares where the top 10 billionaires choose to give or exert their influence.
Only 11% of business leaders “strongly agree” that today’s graduates have the competencies needed, compared to 96% of colleges/universities chief academic officers stating they are “extremely or somewhat confident” in their institution’s ability to prepare students for the work force, according to this CHE article that reflects on a Gallup/Lumina survey. What will it take for universities to listen and change to better serve society?