Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:03

University of Queensland enhances data science curriculum crediting SAS certification

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Students from the University of Queensland can now access the SAS Academy for Data Science, gaining a tertiary credit for SAS professional certifications.

Global analytics vendor SAS signed a memorandum of understanding with the University to significantly expand the relationship between the two parties.

The agreement provides for students of the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering faculty to study SAS Academy courses "SAS Certified Big Data Professional" or "SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional" and gain a credit towards their degree as well as attaining the SAS certification.

Additionally, by earning these SAS qualifications, students can opt to be listed in the global SAS Certified Professionals Directory.

SAS has long played a part in tertiary curriculum — decades, even, and with its own roots in academia — but this is the first time SAS certifications have been offered as electives with credit towards a degree.

ITEE’s head of Data Science Professor Shazia Sadiq said, “As the demand for qualified data scientists increases, UQ’s flagship postgraduate program in Data Science, which commenced in 2017, is attracting top students due to its technical and advanced focus.

“Through this newly established relationship with SAS, UQ students can gain credit equivalent to one university course (out of 16) towards their Master of Data Science. This collaboration with SAS represents an opportunity to add a new dimension to the student’s CV.”

SAS’ vice-president for Australia and New Zealand, David Bowie, said, “The dearth of qualified data scientists is worldwide and as more and more organisations look to their data for insights to decision making, the problem is growing.

“SAS analytics technology is already widely entrenched in both the private and public sectors in Australia, so graduates benefitting from this initiative will be well received by a hungry job market.”

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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