Our Data Spark scheme offers students consulting experience with business leaders

13th September 2017


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At Imperial College Business School, students across our MSc and MBA programmes have the opportunity to get real-world business experience and develop the skills to fuse business technology with data science.

One such opportunity is Data Spark, a scheme jointly developed by Imperial Business Analytics and KPMG, where students get consulting experience with business leaders offering data analytic services. This scheme is now being offered to KPMG clients and other businesses, such as Thomson Reuters and BT Research.

Director of the Centre for Business Analytics, Dr Mark Kennedy, describes Data Sparks as a project that combines data science and consulting skills. He says, “As students demonstrate and extend their skills in projects of significant strategic importance to companies who sponsor the projects, students also learn consulting skills. Our students have been thriving in these challenging assignments!”

Working alongside academic and business mentors, students on the six-week consulting project gain practical business analytics experience and business leaders get access to sought after data analytics expertise. Student participant, and MSc Business Analytics student, Christina Tatli describes it to the Financial Times as a service where businesses can “check-in” data for analysis.

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