The University of Macau (UM) will launch a Master of Science in Data Science program in the 2019/2020 academic year to nurture a new type of professional in big data processing and applications. The new program will cover various areas, including artificial intelligence, marketing, financial technology, precision medicine, and intelligent education, with the aim of promoting the use of big data in different disciplines and the integration of data science and big data applications. According to a statement issued by the UM, it is the first interdisciplinary program in big data that has been launched in Macau, and is suitable for students from different academic backgrounds, including those outside of computer engineering.
Big data technology enables us to quickly collect valuable information from various kinds of data. Because of its rapid development and its enormous potential for application, there is a growing demand for professionals in big data and data analysis worldwide.
The two-year program will include courses in data processing and programming, data visualization, data analysis and mining. It is a collaborative project among UM’s six faculties, providing students with a choice of seven specializations. Those include artificial intelligence applications, big data and analytics in marketing, financial technology, data strategy and compliance, precision medicine, second language studies, and intelligent education.
Students in the program will be asked to choose one specialization so as to learn to apply big data effectively in their chosen field. The program is now in the process of registration and will be launched officially after being published in the Official Gazette.