NBK and SAS launch “Data Analytics Academy” program for workers – ARAB TIMES



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Al-Ablani: The program is part of NBK’s ongoing efforts to invest heavily in data analysis and processing to understand customer needs and behaviors.

Program participants.

As part of its continued efforts to invest in human resources and qualify them with the best training programs in line with international standards, the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) announced the launch of the “Data Analytics Academy” program, in partnership with SAS, in order to transmit to its employees the skills required in Data Analytics. The “Data Analytics Academy” program will run virtually over 6 months until March 2022. It will bring together 22 interns from different departments and will cover 9 modules ranging from beginner to advanced level.

The launch of the program was attended by Mr. Sulaiman Al-Marzouq, Deputy Managing Director of the National Bank of Kuwait – Kuwait, Mr. Emad Al-Ablani, Managing Director – Group Human Resources Manager, and Mr. Mohammad Al- Othman, Managing Director – Consumer Banking. Group, Mr. Sudhakar Nibhanupudi – Chief Data Officer, in addition to other executive officers and a group of officials from the Bank’s Training and Development Department. This program aims to enable participants to learn SAS programming for data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, while training them to access, explore, prepare and learn. data analysis, using data manipulation techniques. The in-depth 9-module program will cover basic statistical concepts that are essential to understanding and using statistical methods, and predictive modeling in SAS / STAT software, as well as improving the skills needed to assemble diagrams. flow analysis and how to process SAS data using Structured Query Language (SQL). The program will focus on improving understanding of patterns within data and discovering values ​​using algorithms, techniques and systems to extract knowledge and ideas, thereby enabling decisions and solutions more innovative, which helps to improve and develop the performance of all the bank’s units.

On this occasion, Mr. Emad Al-Ablani, Managing Director – Group Human Resources Manager of the National Bank of Kuwait Group said: shaping its digital future. “Our training and development strategy at NBK Group Human Resources aims to help qualify its human managers who are both capable and committed to adopting innovation, which has become a key element of the bank’s digital culture”, a- he added. Al-Ablani noted that the program is part of NBK’s constant efforts over the past few years to invest heavily in data analysis and processing to understand customer needs and behaviors. In this regard, the bank established a state-of-the-art data center in Kuwait in 2019, with the aim of analyzing huge amounts of data to study trends and customer needs to enable it to make quick decisions and knowledgeable people who consistently meet customer expectations. It should be mentioned that SAS is one of the international companies specializing in data analysis and management and information technology. NBK pays paramount attention to the development of the capacities of its employees, mobilizing all its resources to advance their careers by offering top-notch training and development programs, in cooperation with the most reputable educational institutions in the world, in order to keep pace with major changes in the banking sector. The bank’s human capital development strategy is placed at the heart of its strategic plans, because work efficiency guarantees the quality of all types of banking services provided in the various markets in which it operates.


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