IBM Commits US$100 Million to Foster Big Data & Analytics Education in China
IBM is set to team up with 100 Chinese universities to help up to 40,000 students a year gain expertise in Big Data and Analytics through the new IBM U-100 program. The program will see BD&A Technology Centers set up at in 100 universities, undergraduate and graduate programs in 30 universities, as well as a Center of Excellence at five universities. IBM also announced the launch of the IBM Zone of Big Data and Analytics, through which MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) will be provided in collaboration with kaikeba.com. This initiative is intended to support growth in China’s big data technology and services market, which is forecast to almost triple over the next two years, from US$2.3 billion in 2014 to US$8.7 billion in 2016, according to CCID Consulting. At present there is a shortage of data scientists in China, and it is hoped that these courses will provide these students with the necessary skills to fill the gap. The target is to have 40 universities on board by the end of the year and to have all 100 universities ready by mid-2015.