25 February 2021

The likelihood is you're a consumer who is now almost entirely purchasing online - be it new trousers, a car, or your weekly food shop - and that's increasingly where business will be done. 

The Royal Docks School of Business and Law (RDSBL) at the University of East London (UEL) is constantly evaluating how it's equipping its students with the right skills to head out into a world of commerce that is rapidly evolving in the digital space. 

To enable businesses to operate in the cloud requires expertise and knowledge that is increasingly fundamental. So, we've teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to ensure all our business students can learn the skills required.

Gone are the days where the marketplace in the town centre was the go-to place to do business. It's now a digitally driven environment and you have to be one step ahead of competitors all the time,"

Professor Mohammad Ali, dean of RDSBL at UEL, said.

Professor Ali continued, "AWS are the best at what they do, offering unrivalled support to some of the biggest brands and organisations on the planet. Who better for our students to learn from? 

"From artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing and 'Fintech', engaging with and understanding consumers is totally different to what it was twenty years ago."

The relationship will see all MBA students at UEL undertake the first module in the AWS Academy on cloud computing. In total, nine modules are available, which university students across the country can take voluntarily.  

Modules cover data analytics, cloud foundations and machine learning with an assessment at the end of each pathway. By the end of the next year, the cloud computing module will become a firm fixture in all undergraduate and postgraduate business courses.

"Cloud computing, and associated business practice, is one of the most important skills modern graduates will need once they head out into the world of work," said Ken Harley, Education Director at Amazon Web Services, "and we are delighted to help develop tomorrow's leaders."

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