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Ambitious Big Data study programme boosts Danish business sector

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Today, on 26 May, DTU published details of its new specialist programme in Data Science (Big Data)—a course that will benefit both public sector authorities and the private business sector, and is sure to attract both Danish and international talents. The specialist programme has been developed in partnership with the Danish business sector, and the emphasis is on interdisciplinarity and corporate collaboration.

From as early as the autumn semester 2014, DTU will be presenting a programme profile for Big Data, where students build up interdisciplinary skills across the entire Big Data value chain (data collection, data storage, data analysis, visualization, data security and privacy, and data application).

Marianne Thellersen, DTU’s Senior Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, explains:

“As an elite university, we consider it important to accommodate the increasing demands from the labour market for skilled graduates adept at working with—and generating value from—Big Data. We are therefore delighted that, in partnership with the business community, we are now in a position to provide a completely new programme profile to students keen to build up a strong skill set with Big Data as their area of specialization at advanced international level. We expect the new graduates from the programme to have the capacity to generate innovation and establish new areas of business that will ultimately create new jobs in Denmark.”

Partnership with companies is an integral aspect of the programme profile
DTU has developed the programme profile in partnership with the Danish business sector so as to assure the quality and relevance of the education.

“We are very proud to have been involved in developing DTU’s new Big Data profile. Over the past few years, we at IBM have noted a growing demand for precisely these skills from our customers in both private and public sectors in Denmark. So we are convinced that the new programme profile will be a success, and we are looking forward to following the new specialists on their path,” says Lars Guldberg Bang, Vice President for Nordic Sales, Business Analytics, at IBM Denmark.

Students can choose the specialist programme in Data Science via the MSc programmes Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematical Modelling and Computation and Digital Media Engineering. This combination will provide a varied range of skills and a broad spectrum of students.

“Technology is the key to optimizing our business results. We are an investment-intensive group that spends billions on upgrades, maintenance and fuel consumption. Improved utilization of technology is sure to have a major impact on our bottom line. New developments in analytics, sensor technologies and the broadband IT infrastructure that now covers our entire fleet put us in a position to improve decision-making processes on the basis of hard data. We can see great opportunities in developing our practical operations based on technical/operational data in areas including maintenance, purchasing and entering into contracts with partners and customers,” says Jasper Boessenkool, Head of Strategic R&D, Maersk Maritime Technology.

“We at Vestas work to generate value from huge data volumes—from more than 35,000 turbines and our supercomputers, for example—on a daily basis. There is currently no dedicated study programme that covers the data challenges we face in our everyday work situation. For this reason, we welcome DTU’s Data Science programme profile, and we look forward to working with future graduates,” says Anders Rhod Gregersen, Chief Specialist, Plant Solutions, Vestas Wins Systems A/S.