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This partnership between NJIT and IBM is the first of its kind in North America.

NJIT and IBM announce an agreement for collaboration to deliver digital technologies and education through the university’s  Martin Tuchman School of Management (MTSM) and its Business Analytics Lab.  The official launch of the new flagship alliance between MTSM and IBM Global University Programs will take place Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium at NJIT.

David McQueeney, IBM Vice President, Corporate Technology and Community, will give the keynote address at 10 a.m., followed by a panel discussion featuring technology experts, educators and business leaders and an IBM Watson Analytics Quick Start demonstration.

“Companies across all business sectors are looking for people who leverage and integrate fundamental business knowledge with technology skills to achieve success in today’s data-driven world of global business,” said MTSM Dean Reggie Caudill. “This agreement, the first of its kind in North America, is another step that demonstrates NJIT’s commitment to ‘Business With the Power of STEM’ on behalf of the Martin Tuchman School of Management. The Tuchman School is committed to ensuring that all its students are ready to meet the challenges of the business world, understand the technologies and tools required to succeed in business and have the hands-on experience necessary to build their skills and expand their knowledge.”

In July 2017, the Martin Tuchman School of Management at NJIT became the first university in the United States — and the only university in North America — to adopt the IBM Skills Academy.  Faculty and Instructor training and certification are underway on three career tracks. Beginning this semester, Business Intelligence Analyst, Business Process Analyst and Predictive Analyst Modeler courses are being offered for NJIT students, in addition to boot camps and workshops for students across the university and nearby community.  

“IBM is committed to doing our part to expand educational opportunities so more students and professionals can learn the in-demand new collar skills that will help them thrive in today’s marketplace,” said Dr. Naguib Attia, Ph.D, Vice President, IBM Global University Programs. “After seeing this program’s success in Africa, we’re excited to be working with NJIT to bring the program to the United States for the first time.”

NJIT has invested millions of dollars into major new research facilities to give students the edge they need in today’s demanding, high-tech marketplace. Implementing the IBM Skills Academy Program further demonstrates the university’s commitment to providing their students with that edge. The IBM-NJIT implementation strategy is based on a blended delivery format with hands-on learning and online instruction modules from the IBM Skills Academy developed by IBM and its Global University Programs, and the integration into business and management courses through the Business Analytics Laboratory.

The initial phase of this agreement will center around the integration of IBM technologies into current MTSM offerings focusing on the following areas: 1) Data Science: Business Intelligence Analyst and Predictive Analytics Modeler; and 2) Business Process: Business Process Analyst. Students participating in these courses, boot camps, and workshops will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized digital badges and IBM technology certifications in addition to normal class credit.  This certification and micro-credentialing will be a significant differentiator and competitive advantage to the students during their job search process and throughout their careers.

The partnership is intended to expand into professional certificate programs available in addition to or separate from NJIT's bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. This will provide veterans, working professionals and other groups with a range of options to access new-collar training, credentials and degrees that are in high demand by employers.  

The technologies will be delivered to NJIT via the IBM Cloud, which provides access to the company's Watson suite of cognitive computing capabilities. This strategy is complementary to the Martin Tuchman School of Management Ray Cassetta Financial Analysis Laboratory where Bloomberg tools and Salesforce cloud technologies are available to NJIT students. The Business Analytics Laboratory will be the academic hub and access point for the IBM technologies.

One of only 32 polytechnic universities in the United States, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. NJIT is rated an "R1" research university by the Carnegie Classification®, which indicates the highest level of research activity. NJIT conducts approximately $162 million in research activity each year and has a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is among the top 2 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT also is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 public national universities.