About the Learning Academy

The new semester is around the corner, and a new semester means a new opportunity to participate in the VSAE Learning Academy!

What is the Learning Academy?
The Learning Academy is an initiative of the VSAE, where students are given the opportunity to act as a quantitative consultant and apply their theoretical knowledge on real data from small, not-for-profit organisations. Each semester, several partner organisations are participating, each with a unique case and unique data (more on this below!).

Sounds interesting, tell me more!
When you join the Learning Academy, you will apply your theoretical knowledge on real data from small and large not-for-profit organisations. These partner organisations have developed a business question, and the task is up to you to be their consultant: to formulate a research question, to do research with the given data, and finally to provide the organisation with tailor-made advice, supported by your research. As a Learning Academy analyst, you will work in groups of four VSAE students and you will be working on the case for approximately four hours per week.

Why should I join?
Apart from a great time where you will meet and work closely with fellow students, you will also greatly practice your data science skills by working on a real project. On top of that, several companies organise workshops on relevant topics to help each group with their project. Previous workshops have been on data visualisation, leadership, Microsoft Excel and more. Participating in the Learning Academy is also a great opportunity to boost your cv!

Which organisations are participating this semester?
We’re glad you asked. This semester’s partner organisations will be announced during the Learning Academy Kick-off on Monday the 4th of February at 18:00 at Het Groene Paleis. On this evening, a representative from each organisation will briefly pitch their case and present the data. Afterwards, there will be free drinks and you’ll be able to meet with all organisations’ representatives.