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Participants of the Data Analytics Workshop at USP’s Graduate School of Business.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Graduate School of Business (GSB) in collaboration with the Institute of Business Development (IBD) Business School in Poland hosted the first Modern Data Analytics Workshop from 5 – 13 September 2016.

The purpose of the workshop was to provide an introduction to the modern theory and practice of Data Analytics.

IBD Business School is a leading executive development institution in Poland, with a long tradition of management training, consulting and applied research.

GSB has recently initiated a collaborative link with IBD Business School and as such this workshop has been the first in a series of events to be co-organised by GSB and IBD in Fiji and Poland.

The workshop facilitator, Mr Andrey Volkov, who is a professional trainer and academic researcher from Ghent University in Belgium, said that he was delighted to get the opportunity to conduct the first ever Modern Data Analytics workshop in Fiji.

“I found the participants to be extremely knowledgeable in data analytics and the approach that I have taught them will definitely have an impact on their work life and moving forward they will be able to think about data analytics in a different way,” Mr Volkov said.

GSB Head of School, Professor Raghuvar Pathak said, that it is a proud moment for GSB to have organised the international workshop relating to one of the important training needs.

“We feel that this will go a long way in capacity building in the region,” Professor Pathak added.

The workshop attracted participants from local government departments and organisations such as Telecom Fiji, Fiji National Provident Fund, Digicel, Flour Mills of Fiji (FMF), Vodafone, USP, Coca Cola Amatil, Bank of South Pacific and local government departments.

According to the Manager Internal Audit and Risk at FMF Company Limited, Ms Kitty Speight, the workshop was very interesting and taught participants a number of open source software that businesses could use to analyse data in an efficient way.

“I would highly recommend individuals to take up this workshop if offered again in future,” Ms Speight said.

MBA student from Tonga, Ms Malia Fa’asolo said that the workshop was very interesting and a lot of the subject matter relates to her studies and can also be applied to any aspect of the business decision making process.

She added that data analytics will be useful in the Pacific region for economic growth and development opportunities.

The workshop was officially inaugurated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and International Professor Derrick Armstrong and closed by the Vice-President, Regional Campuses and Properties and Facilities, Dr Giulio Paunga.

As part of the closing, Dr Paunga said that the people of Fiji are lucky to have such opportunities given to them and they should take full advantage of such workshops in the future.

He also congratulated GSB for hosting the international workshop. 

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