Students and Cities at Work
Chris Luongo 060000C6S6 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  smarter-planet education cities ibmsoftware students smarter_cities
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Take a closer look at any large city today and you'll find another city pulsating within it, made up of interconnected systems of many different functions and activities.
Similarly, educational curriculums are being redesigned to provide students from all disciplines with the tools they need to thrive in this technology-rich, dynamically networked world — and make a difference in our cities.
For example, analytics is no longer the domain of just mathematicians or statisticians. Employers are looking for graduates who are well-rounded and adaptable in many areas, for example using analytics to help modernize health care systems, making older buildings more energy-efficient, and designing public transportation systems that run better.
IBM knows that in order to help cities tackle thorny challenges — from traffic congestion, to energy use, to the building of sustainable communities — a new set of skills is required. IBM is partnering with colleges and universities to give students access to the technologies and training needed to learn new skills and put them to work in our cities.
In Chicago, IBM and DePaul University recently opened a data mining and analytics center to train students in predictive analytics, a skill increasingly in demand by employers in cities around the globe.
And at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, a new Smarter Infrastructure Lab will be a place for IBM researchers and students from the engineering, architecture, public policy, and business schools to come up with ideas for building smarter cities.
Non-profits also play important roles in education innovations of all kinds. IBM recently announced a series of software, services and consulting grants to help local nonprofit groups better connect with communities and students in need. These Trailblazer grants are already making a difference in improving education systems in cities around the U.S. — from Philadelphia, to Milwaukee, to Boston.
Cities are vibrant, living systems that thrive on human and economic diversity, creative thinking, and new forms of commerce, culture, science and society. And to make them truly smarter, students need to have keen eyes for they way cities work.
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