Kuwait’s NBK, SAS unite to launch ‘Data Analytics Academy’ program

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Kuwait’s largest financial institution, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) has partnered with the multinational developer of analytics software, SAS, in order to launch its “Data Analytics Academy” program.

The program, which will be held virtually over 6 months through March 2022, aims to provide employees with the necessary expertise in data analytics. It will be attended by 22 trainees from different departments and will cover 9 modules ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

According to the statement, this program intends to educate participants about the SAS programming for data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, as well as how to use data manipulation tools to access, explore, prepare, and analyze data.

Emad Al-Ablani
Emad Al-Ablani
Head – Group Human Resources

“Through the professional training courses provided to employees, NBK Group Human Resources plays a vital role in driving the bank’s journey towards shaping its digital future. Our training and development strategy at NBK Group Human Resources is focused on contributing to qualifying its human cadres to be both capable of and committed to embracing innovation, which has become a key constituent of the bank’s digital culture. the program comes in line with NBK’s consistent efforts over the past years to invest heavily in data analytics and processing to understand customers’ needs and behaviors.”

According to the statement, “The in-depth 9-module program will cover basic statistical concepts that are critical in understanding and using statistical methods, and predictive modeling within the SAS/STAT software, as well as enhancing the skills required to assemble analysis flow diagrams, and how to process SAS data by using Structured Query Language (SQL).”

Further, the program will focus on increasing data pattern recognition and value discovery utilizing algorithms, techniques, and systems to extract knowledge and insights, resulting in more inventive decisions and solutions that help the bank’s units improve and develop their performance.

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