Angeles University to have Data Science program soon

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The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) will soon be offering a course on data science which will help on the improvement of software development in the Philippines, especially in the Clark Freeport.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Officer-in-Charge Noel F. Manankil said the CDC welcomes the recent tie up of a software firm with AUF and non-government organization that will collaborate on the design of a graduate course on Data Science.

FilAm Software Technology, Inc. (FilAm) is leading provider of outsourced software based in Clark with customers from the US and Europe. It has been operating here for nine years with 70 employees and is expected to expand employment opportunities.

The Data Science Graduate Program will be offered at the AUF through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), a USAID-funded Science and Technology, Research and Innovation Development (STRIDE) Project based in North Carolina, and the FilAm Software.

Michael Shane, president of FilAm Software, said graduates of the master’s degree can be employed in his software firm — a leading provider of outsourced software and database development, quality assurance testing and consulting services.

It has several offices based in US and Philippines that provide enterprise class software solutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

The firm offers software development, cloud development, mobile development, database development and quality assurance which are commonly used in the development of technology.

AUF President Joseph E.L. Angeles said Data Science is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing fields of the new millennium in the advent of technology here and abroad.

AUF will start offering the course immediately once the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) concludes a curriculum review.

Shane said during his interview at Clark in Action, Clark Development Corporation public affairs radio program aired over UFM 105.5 hosted by Eric Jimenez, that “Data Analytics and Data Science are among the areas the company is focusing on as the forefront of the efforts to develop this sunrise industry through academe, industry linkage and training of future data scientists under the AUF Graduate Program.”

“We already have initial 10 students which were provided by our
industry partners, and we have already some inquiries from the AUF
communities and even outside. We’re hoping that the enrollees will
increase during the start of the program. We are targeting to launch
it during the second trimester, upon the approval of CHED,” Shane
said.

FilAm is committed to sponsor the first scholars to the graduate program.

Interested applicants without the background in programming, statistics or similar competencies can still enroll by taking up bridge coursework in order to be prepared for the science and capstone project.