New generation of data scientists

NATIONAL applied research and development (R&D) agency Mimos and Unitar International University have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to collaborate in a Data Scientist Programme to nurture a new generation of data scientists.

Under the partnership, Mimos and Unitar will jointly conduct a training programme to inspire and develop young talents in a bid to produce industry-ready professionals in the field of data science.

Through this MoA, both parties will work closely in creating a sponsorship fund, into which proceeds raised from the Data Scientist Programme will be used to support students from the B40 group to pursue their tertiary education in Information Technology studies.

The MoA is between Mimos interim president and chief executive officer Emelia Matrahah and Unitar chief executive officer Puvan Balachandran, on the sidelines of the Unitar CAREnival 2019 event held at the university’s main campus in Petaling Jaya last Saturday.

Emelia said the collaboration is an effort to build a pool of data science talent, not just for Malaysia but also for the surrounding economies.

“This programme will hopefully bridge the gap between the actual requirements of the industry versus data science programmes offered by local learning institutions.

“For Mimos, this is part of our social responsibility,” she said.

Balachandran said: “UNITAR was founded under the principle of providing affordable, innovative, and quality education that meets the cutting-edge needs of 21st century education.”

Unitar will also roll out a psychometrics-based digital assessment tool developed by Mimos to assist its prospective students in discovering their career path. — Bernama

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