Dr Karl Ng (center) witnessed the MoU signing between Dr Sandra Hanchard (left) and Dato’ Dr Paul Chan (right).
HELP University has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with its training partner DataViz My Sdn Bhd, which will see both parties collaborating to offer data science courses to university students, graduates and working professionals, in order to strengthen their skill sets for a successful career in data analytics.
The event was officiated by Dr Karl Ng, Director of the Innovation Capital Division at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDeC), who witnessed the signing ceremony between HELP University and DataViz My on August 19, 2016 at the Chancellery Office of HELP University.
HELP University has established the Centre for Professional Development & Data Analytic (CPDDA) in collaboration with MDeC. In lieu with the MOU, the CPDDA has launched the Data Science On-Ramp Course with its industry training partner, DataViz My.
The formalised partnership seeks to contribute significantly to the upgrade of skills within the field of data science through its series of courses. Data science is recognised as an essential element in developing and achieving Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
“MDeC is the agency that is charged to drive the national big data framework and initiative in Malaysia. Our goal is to transform Malaysia into a hub for the big data project, and in order to do so, we need to work on the talent pool. MDeC’s initial target is to groom 1500 data scientists by the year 2020.
New programmes and partnerships between the private sectors and universities are very important to help us meet the immediate demand. The industries need data science talents to continue the adoption of digital technologies such as big data analytics,” said Dr Karl.
According to Dr Karl, the demand for data scientists is over stripping the supply at the moment. While there is an increased number of universities offering data science courses, there is a need for more professional training and development to train the local talents to meet the immediate demand of the industries.
Most of the demand for data scientists comes from companies adopting digital technologies; however, there is also demand from start-ups and technology companies who require data scientists to develop a new generation of data-driven services and solutions.
“We encourage and look forward to these sort of collaborations so that we can meet the demands, not just in general data science. We also hope to churn out data science specialists who can specialise in vertical areas such as the education, retail and manufacturing sectors. We hope that partnerships like these will produce quality talent with high standards that can meet the industry requirements,” said Dr Karl.
According to Dr Sandra Hanchard, Director of DataViz and Co-Founder of Big Data Malaysia:
“We are proud to partner with HELP University to facilitate the Data Science On-Ramp Course. DataViz My is a leading education provider in analytics, data visualisation, data science and big data. We have helped more than 90 Malaysian professionals kick-start their data science careers through re-skilling in areas inclusive of data curation, predictive analytics, machine learning and storytelling. We cater for professionals of multi-technical levels by providing accessible and friendly learning environments.
Cross-industry demand for professionals that can add business value through identifying and predicting opportunities in internal and external data assets will only grow.”
Dato’ Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP University said:
“With the guidance and counsel of Dr Karl Ng and the expertise of Dr Sandra from DataViz My, I am very confident that we will be one of the early pioneers in this industry. I look at it as a long-term positioning as we wish to make an impact and help the transformation of the Malaysian economy and industries. We also want to introduce new types of skills and employment opportunities to the young people.”
The Data Science On-Ramp Course is the first of a series in CPDDA’s Data Science Certification Program. It is a 65-hour programme taught on a part-time basis that spreads over five weeks starting in the month of September 2016.
The course is designed to provide a broad introduction to data science concepts, tools and techniques. Participants will learn to appreciate the areas of study that are relevant to data science and be able to identify practical opportunities in a start-up context. They are also taught to understand the fundamental steps for modelling real-world scenarios and be able to critically evaluate data for meaningful analysis through statistical approaches.
All the instructors of the course are industry professionals. The data sets used in the course are real-life data sets shared by industry partners, one of which is iProperty, the leading online property portal in Malaysia.
The course is suitable for data analysts, programmers and developers, mathematicians and statisticians, researchers and lecturers, marketing analysts, business consultants, technopreneurs and start-ups, as well as corporate teams who wish to upskill their technical skills.