IBM teams with more than 1,000 universities to foster data-driven professionals

IBM has teamed with more than 1,000 universities worldwide with the intent of building a future “pipeline” of data scientists.

The IBM Academic Initiative has a number of different elements ranging from access to IBM’s big data and analytics software to specialized coursework and tracks to trotting in data scientists to guest lecture at these universities.

Some of the centers of higher learning already implementing new curricula based on the Academic Initiative include Georgetown University, Northwestern University, and the National University of Singapore.

For example, at the University of Missouri, the College of Engineering’s computer science department will be offering a new undergraduate course this fall.