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UNICC Academic Partnerships Help Students Take Learning Beyond the Classroom

UNICC provides real-world project experience for students through university capstone projects

Through its collaboration with universities and academic institutions around the globe, UNICC has shown its commitment to empowering young people with professional experience while benefiting from project support from students in an increasingly diversified workforce, enhancing the organization’s knowledge base and gaining access to new theoretical and technical knowledge and resources.

The University of Salento, New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business and Valencia Polytechnic University (UPV) have recently partnered with UNICC for student capstone projects in data science.

UNICC proposed several challenging data use-case projects for students in applied Master’s programs who were looking to gain hands-on experience working on real-world projects.

In the case of each university, teams of 3-5 students worked with subject matter experts from various UNICC teams, including Data and Analytics, Project Management and Cybersecurity, for 10 weeks to augment the data science theory taught in the classroom environment with real-world data-related challenges UNICC is tackling on behalf of its Clients and Partner Organizations worldwide.

Student teams had to define the problems, review a range of available open-source tools that can be integrated into the projects. Then they had to design and develop the solutions, all while gaining valuable insights into the demands and responsibilities of the working world.

There is a huge potential of open-source data that is out there in the public domain and can be harnessed to make an impact. We need strong data scientists to work with it and to solve the complex problems the world is facing.

Sameer Chauhan, UNICC, Director

UNICC in this way has been helping students develop and improve their wide range of skills, including strategic thinking, problem-solving, research analysis, effective communication, problem-solving and teamwork while benefiting from having a new perspective applied to its projects.

UNICC – University Salento Capstone Project: Incident Management

The student team developed a Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution that can automatically identify, mitigate, categorize and predict security incidents.

UNICC – NYU Capstone Project: Detection of COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation on Twitter

The student team developed a flexible, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution that can automatically detect where misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines is spread and what kind of misinformation is discussed. They focused on Twitter data, where the highest volume of conversations about COVID-19 have taken place. This project involved online data collection and verification of the reported/collected information.

UNICC – UPV Capstone Project: Closure Reports Lessons Learned Extraction and Tagging

The student team developed a Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution that can extract lessons learned from closure reports to support better programming and decision-making within UNICC.

UNICC’s participation in these capstone projects speaks to its commitment to SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.

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UNICC Joins PAHO as a Winner of the World Procurement Award 2022 for Digital Impact

PAHO and UNICC work together to develop Mia and Max bots

On 20 June 2022, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a specialized international health agency for the Americas, won the World Procurement Award for Digital Impact for its first ‘Digital Workers’, Mia and Max bots, developed by UNICC’s Robotic Process Automation Centre of Excellence and PAHO’s Procurement and Supply Management Team.

The World Procurement Awards, hosted by Procurement Leaders, recognize the most impressive individuals, teams, solutions and organizations in procurement.

This recognition inspires us to continue to provide innovative and efficient support to Member States. It also recognizes the organization’s ability to see challenges as opportunities, and the power of collaboration to achieve great things when we listen to countries, empower our teams, and work together.

Daniel Rodriguez, Director, Procurement and Supply Management, PAHO

After putting together a viable implementation roadmap, ensuring the correct architecture was in place and programming the bots, the UNICC’s RPA team started developing the two bots in October 2020.

  • Mia: A bot that assists the purchase of strategic products
  • Max: A bot with optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities that creates the Advanced Shipment Notifications (ASN), which provide national authorities with information about the details of their shipments and when they are expected to arrive.

Mia and Max went live in March 2021, as procurement became the first function in PAHO to establish RPA capabilities. With the implementation of RPA, between March 2021 and May 2022, the procurement team saved 1,660 hours committed to repetitive and non-value-added activities. Max processed 22,861 shipping documents.

We at UNICC are proud to help launch Mia and Max, and do our little bit to support the life-saving work of PAHO.

Sameer Chauhan, Director, UNICC

The robots execute repetitive and time-consuming tasks, allowing the human team to forget about the paperwork and focus on strategic aspects of the procurement function, such as establishing the needs of the countries served by PAHO and enhancing relationships with suppliers. The implementation of Mia and Max allowed PAHO to speed up the process of providing COVID-19 health supplies, while sustaining the procurement of other vaccines, essential medicines, and strategic health supplies and equipment over the past two years. See an earlier news item about Mia and Max robots here.

Mia and Max are helping other team members with transactional tasks, so they can focus on better serving our countries. These bots are a great example of what UNICC can do to support the UN Family.

Daniel Rodriguez, Director, Procurement and Supply Management, PAHO

UNICC’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA+) Centre of Excellence has been delivering multiple automation solutions to over 20 UN Clients across various domains such as Travel, Finance, Procurement, HR, ICT, Healthcare, etc. The RPA team is ready to help. Please reach out to us at RPA@unicc.org for a demonstration.

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