Tech for business: EIT Digital presents Professional School short courses portfolio

EIT Digital Professional School

Emerging technologies for business

How do new technologies like blockchain or artificial intelligence impact your business? How can you make more of all the data for the digital transformation strategies of your company? Questions as such are key to the short courses EIT Digital Professional School is offering in collaboration with renowned partners. Learn how to use emerging technologies for your business.

The EIT Digital Professional School has a reputation of educating state chief education officers, chief information officers, project managers, innovation managers and so on to become digital-savvy. According to McKinsey (2018) companies with digital-savvy leaders are more likely to achieve digital transformation success with and within their companies.

‘It is EIT Digital’s mission to build a strong digital Europe with the partners in our ecosystem’, says Roberto Prieto, Chief Education Officer of EIT Digital.

Within the EIT Digital Professional School this mission is providing means to this mission. The portfolio of eleven courses is developed to educate current business leaders, managers and professionals to seeing business opportunities in emerging technologies. ‘After all, in the fast-moving world of today, everyone is a lifelong student’, says Asja Kamenica, head of the EIT Digital Professional School.

The short executive courses are being held, in general, twice per year, during a spring and an autumn edition. They are taught live, in real time, even if the course location is a virtual classroom - remote connection, or face-to-face in class. Overall, the courses are centred around topics such as digital transformation, emerging technologies - blockchain, Industry 4.0 and sustainability.

Digital Transformation

Digitalisation is top of mind among many business and organisational leaders in both the public and private sectors today. Henrik Blomgren, associate professor in industrial management at KTH Executive School, says that digital transformation is essential for any type of business wanting to survive in the long run. ‘Businesses looking to harness the power of digitalisation need to develop a method of understanding about what is happening in the industrial business landscape due to its “arrival”. In the course Get ahead in the Ongoing Digital Transformation, course participants get the framework for “What to do now rather than later?” roadmap’.

A related course to this topic is Sustainable Digital Innovation. This is a collaboration between EIT Digital and KTH Executive School. As the name already suggests this 3-day course will help managers and decision-makers to embrace sustainability with digital solutions into their business planning and product development.

Furthermore, Industry 4.0 is part of the executive course Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 in Food Processing aimed for both managers in the food industry and ICT- managers. The course is delivered in partnership with Campden BRI HungaryCNR, and ELTE university’s Faculty of Informatics. During an interview with EIT Digital, András Sebők, General Manager at Campden BRI, explained that this course is strongly needed for the food industry, ‘Digital transformation is becoming an issue of primary importance in the European food industry. But the problem is the lack of skilled people to make it happen’.

Emerging Technologies

Digital transformation is all about implementing new technologies. The Professional School has therefore several specific courses on these emerging technologies.  The first course in the planning is the Blockchain for the Decision Maker. The global market size for blockchain is expected to grow from USD 3.0 billion in 2020 to USD 39.7 billion by 2025, at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 67.3% during 2020–2025, estimates Markets and Markets. Getting a grip on the advantages and essentials of blockchain is there relevant to decision-makers to define what blockchain can do for their company. This emerging technology can be successfully applied in both the manufacturing and logistics setting, as per the focus of the Blockchain for Digital Manufacturing and Logistics course.

Artificial Intelligence

Decision-makers should also learn about the business impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In fact, ‘AI should be part of the strategic agenda in business’, says Ulf Änggård, director of AI initiatives at KTH Executive School in Stockholm. He believes that AI will become a central feature of doing business, he says in an interview. Therefore, the course Business Implications of AI will give decision-makers an understanding of the business opportunities of AI so that they can make the right business decisions.

Data science

Big Data is another buzzword that companies cannot ignore. The more digital tools companies are using, the more data they collect. Using data strategically can move the business forward and even gain a competitive edge. How that can be done is being taught during the Applied Data Science Bootcamp that EIT Digital’s partner Bright Cape is teaching in June and October.  Since business adoption is, according to the teacher and senior data scientist at Bright Cape, Daphne van Leeuwen, one of the key success factors of data science projects, the course embeds both strategic orientation on data science, as well as the practical set up of data sciences projects. 

In addition, the Data Science for Business Innovation short course, offered in partnership with Politecnico di Milano, is specially developed for professionals that need to handle the foundations of data analysis for making informed decisions on data-driven business, innovation path and strategies within their enterprises. It consists of introductory lectures spanning big data, machine learning, data valorisation and communication. The course covers terminology and concepts, tools and methods, use cases and success stories of data science applications.

Digital Product Management

Last but not least, in the EIT Digital Professional School portfolio, the online course Digital Product Management will equip participants with the skills, knowledge and mindset needed to define, build and improve Digital Products. The course is built together with our partner, Talent Garden Innovation School, one of the most important European operators for digital education and the tech innovators community. At the end of the programme, professionals will have gained all the strategic and tactical aspects of building a digital product that delivers value to customers and businesses.

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