University of New England Launches New Data Science Program

NEC member the University of New England (UNE) is launching a data science program with the goal of expanding graduates’ job prospects. As the University aims to incorporate more project-based experiential learning into their curriculum, their hope is that more students will cultivate meaningful partnerships with outside employers.

UNE has already established partnerships with companies such as UNUM Group, a Fortune 500 insurer, and healthcare IT provider Cotiviti Holdings Inc., where many UNE math sciences graduates have found permanent employment. This initiative to develop a program where students can learn data mining, statistical and machine learning, predictive modeling, and data visualization, comes in the wake of a recent study by IBM that predicts that by 2020, the number of jobs for all data professionals in the U.S. will increase by 364,000 to 2.7 million.

UNE President James Herbert said that the school is uniquely suited to the study of data science, noting, “Not only does UNE’s Department of Business and its Makerspace laboratory contribute in the development of courses for the data science degree, but our programs in areas such as marine sciences and health sciences offer key opportunities for data science research projects.”

The NEC congratulates the University of New England on this new initiative and commends them on their efforts to meet the growing demand for data professionals.

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