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Melbourne Business School, SAS extend analytics teaching program Featured

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Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne and analytics provider SAS have agreed a five-year extension of the relationship underpinning support for the school’s Master of Business Analytics degree program.

The agreement between Melbourne Business School and SAS was first established in 2015 in support of research related to advanced analytics for business and estasblishment of the degree program and the founding of the Centre for Business Analytics.

SAS says the new five-year extension of the partnership will see the introduction of the cloud-optimised SAS Viya as the new learning platform, provide students with the latest in machine learning, artificial intelligence, forecasting and text analytics – “as increasingly used by leading Australian and overseas organisations in both the public and private sectors”.

Acknowledging the five-year extension of the relationship with SAS and the company’s for continuing support, Professor Ujwal Kayande – director of Melbourne Business School’s Centre for Business Analytics - stressed the need for Australia to rapidly increase its population of fully qualified data scientists.

“Australia faces a severe shortage of analytics skills, in particular candidates who are able to translate their technical skills into business solutions. Our program is focused on doing exactly that, and the use of the premium SAS technology helps us achieve that goal.

We are grateful for the support provided to the Centre for Business Analytics, including the sponsorship of the flagship Melbourne Analytics Conference, which will be held on September 3rd at the Melbourne Convention Centre.”

David Bowie – Vice President of SAS Australia and New Zealand – said, “Our formal association with Melbourne Business School’s Centre for Business Analytics has been enormously rewarding and we are delighted by its extension. Australia’s economic wellbeing is highly reliant on a workforce with the skills the Centre teaches and SAS is privileged to be able to contribute.”

Under the extended program SAS will continue to provide Melbourne Business School with curriculum consulting support, and graduates of the Masters’ program will also receive accreditation as a SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional.

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