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The Data-Mining Revolution: MUM Prepares Students for the Skills and Jobs of the Future (Vocus)

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Uploaded on Nov 21, 2013

http://www.mum.edu Prof. Anil Maheshwari, Ph.D., discusses the new immersion program Maharishi University of Management has just launched to train students in the next wave of data-mining software.

In today's data-driven economy there is an urgent need for more sophisticated software programs to mine and better utilize data coming in over multiple platforms from diverse sectors of the economy, not only for business, but also for higher education.

To help Maharishi University of Management students build essential skills in analytics technology, we recently joined the IBM Academic Initiative, which offers participating schools no-charge access to IBM software, discounted hardware, course materials, training and curriculum development—over 6,000 universities and 30,000 faculty members worldwide are members of the program.

"We are using industrial strength tools such as IBM SPSS Modeler," Dr. Maheshwari said, "along with open-source tools, to provide our students a strong data-mining toolkit to engage with Big Data, and generate interesting insights and new knowledge."

Students will learn more than just how to operate the software, but how to use it effectively as a business tool. Dr. Maheshwari said, "Our students will have end-to-end skills to discern what is the business problem, what is the data being generated, how do I mine the data, how do I generate intelligence out of it and feed it back to the business so the business can actually benefit from it. That whole cycle is what we're training, not just the tool itself."

Industry analysts have identified predictive analytics as the fastest growing software category for company spending. They also expect that the need for staff with these capabilities will outpace available skill sets in many organizations. This will mean that expertise in data mining and predictive analytics will be highly sought after for years to come.

"Having this kind of software suite on their resumes can be a big advantage for our students headed for IT/management jobs," said Dr. Maheshwari.

For more videos about MUM, visit our Video Café: http://www.mum.edu/video-cafe

At MUM, Consciousness-Based education connects everything you learn to the underlying wholeness of life. So each class becomes relevant, because the knowledge of that subject is connected with your own inner intelligence. You study traditional subjects, but you also systematically cultivate your inner potential developing your creativity and learning ability. Your awareness expands, improving your ability to see the big picture, and to relate to others.

Maharishi University of Management (MUM) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, sciences, business, and humanities. The University is accredited through the doctoral level by the Higher Learning Commission.

Founded in 1971 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the University features Consciousness-Based education to develop students' inner potential. All students and faculty practice the Transcendental Meditation technique, which extensive published research has found boosts learning ability, improves brain functioning, and reduces stress.

Maharishi University uses the block system in which each student takes one course at a time. Students report they learn more without the stress of taking 4-5 courses at once.

The University has a strong focus on sustainability and natural health, and serves organic vegetarian meals. The B.S. in Sustainable Living is MUM's most popular undergraduate major.

Maharishi University of Management: http://www.mum.edu
Consciousness-Based education: http://www.mum.edu/cbe
BS Sustainable Living: http://www.mum.edu/sustainable_living/
Transcendental Meditation: http://www.mum.edu/tm
Research: http://www.mum.edu/tm_research
Block system: http://www.mum.edu/cbe/block
Sustainability: http://www.mum.edu/sustainability
Natural health: http://www.mum.edu/cbe/natural_health
Organic veg meals: http://www.mum.edu/campus/dining

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