With the increasing rise and importance of technology, business professionals are encouraged to understand data and computer science to be able to compete in this climate.

“To be successful in today’s business climate, leaders need to think like computer scientists and act like data scientists,” Dr. Harry Shum, former Executive Vice President of Artificial Intelligence & Research at Microsoft and current GIX Mentor-In-Residence said in a statement.

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) recently released courses for this purpose. GIX designed learning programs geared toward professionals who are seeking to apply rising technologies within their companies and learn the skills necessary to compete in today’s everchanging business climate. The learning program features lectures, demonstrations, case studies, projects, and more. Professor Kenneth Younge of EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, teaches two courses on how managers and executives can understand the critical knowledge needed to leverage data to make better business decisions.

GIX was founded by the University of Washington, Tsinghua University, and Microsoft in 2015. The goal was to create learning programs for professionals to apply in their industries and provide a broad set of skills.

“Industry and societal needs are rapidly changing and evolving,” Shwetak Patel, the interim executive director of GIX, said in a statement. “Our goal is to listen to the industry and our students to develop programs that are timely and relevant. Our first professional learning program is in data science, and soon we’ll have offerings on artificial intelligence, ethics in technology, design thinking for innovation, and global strategy — all delivered by faculty instructors from GIX’s global network of leading universities.”

Both the Data Science for Decision Makers class in August and Data Science for Managers in October will be hosted online. Register for these classes here.