DeVry blazing trails in knowledge economy
January 16, 2006
BY MICHAEL KRAUSS
Can you break into
knowledge economy job opportunities without going to Harvard Business
School? Daniel Hamburger is a 1990 Harvard MBA who wants to assure
everyone has the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge economy.
He also wants to keep our educational institutions responsive
to market forces. As president of Chicago-based DeVry Inc., Hamburger
leads one of the largest publicly held higher education companies,
and he's blazing a path of innovation.
combining the best practices of the business world to the world
of education," says Hamburger, who runs a $781 million holding
company comprising DeVry University, Ross University, Deaconess
College of Nursing and Becker Professional Review. DeVry has 53,000
students at 78 learning locations.
is proud of his new game and simulation programming degree offered
at 11 DeVry campuses. "At $7 billion annually, video games
are larger than the film industry," says Hamburger. "Technologies
like simulations used by the military are a booming area."
aims to carve new access to an industry where apprenticeship was
the only means of entry.
innovations include programs in computer forensics, information
systems security and Web development.
of the hot areas right now is tracking down cyber crime and cyber
terrorism," says Hamburger. With the population aging, Hamburger
has launched programs in biomedical informatics, biomedical engineering
and health information management.
employment market is improving," he notes. In the last year,
the percentage of Hamburger's grads finding employment in their
chosen field was "in the high 80 percent range," and
he's willing to pit his job placement capabilities against all
most innovative program is the DeVry Advantage Academy, a partnership
with the Chicago Public Schools. By attending school year-round,
Chicago high school juniors and seniors can earn an associates
degree at DeVry while completing high school. There is no cost
to the student.
come out with an associate's degree in network systems administration,"
he says. "The world of networks and computers is booming,
so they are very employable."
to DeVry is expanding horizons. Because of the program, some of
the students are considering studies in engineering, medicine
an example of a partnership between the public sector and the
private sector that could be a model," he says.
knows Harvard isn't for everyone, and neither is DeVry. He says,
"Our students are career-focused. They are looking for hands-on
education. That's always been DeVry's focus."
How do CEOs
stay on top in today's competitive environment?
been playing squash for more than 30 years," says Mike Greenough,
CEO of SSA Global, Chicago's largest software company. The globe-trotting
Greenough will be home this week to host the SSA Global 2006 Windy
City Open Squash Championships.
at squash. There's big money to be won. Like technology, the game
is fast and furious. The tourney celebrates its 25th year this
week at the University Club.
the efforts of Greenough and SSA Global Executive Vice President
Graeme Cooksley, the Windy City has become one of the top 10 destinations
on the pro squash tour. More than 60 of the world's top-ranked
squash professionals will vie for a prize purse totaling $100,000.
Play begins today, and more than 2,000 spectators are expected
for the final match on Jan. 24.
want to move forward faster in business, get on the court,"
announced $325,000 in Innovative Product Grants to support creation
of 40 jobs in two emerging Illinois- based homeland security technology
companies. West Chicago-based RiverGlass Inc. and Naperville-based
SSS Research Inc. received $150,000 and $175,000 respectively.
develops software that allows law enforcement agencies to share
up-to-the-minute intelligence information. SSS Research develops
technology that helps intelligence analysts visualize and evaluate
Krauss is a Chicago area tech writer and consultant.