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NUS, IBM set up Centre for Business Analytics

14 June 2013

Professionals and students looking for a leg up in their future career will be able to acquire value-added business skills at the new NUS Centre for Business Analytics being set up by NUS and IBM, with the support of Singapore Economic Development Board.

The Centre will address rising industry demand for making business sense out of massive quantity of data and incorporating the relevant intelligence. In its report about Asia Pacific IT spending, research firm Gartner predicted "big data" demand to hit 4.4 million jobs worldwide by 2015, and expected only one-third of those jobs to be filled.

The Centre for Business Analytics will commence a new one-year Master of Science degree programme in Business Analytics (MSBA) from August this year. This will be the first in Singapore to offer in-depth business strategy thinking and data analytics.

NUS Business School and the School of Computing will jointly develop the curriculum to be taught by leading experts and faculty members. IBM will provide complementary industry support by appointing the Centre's Industry Director, as well as contributing its expertise to analytics technology and solutions.

The Centre will tap the University's strengths across multiple disciplines, focusing on "big data" analytics and technologies, as well as consumer data, financial and risk analytics. Participants of the programme will attend eight modules over two semesters, together with a year-long professional consulting project in business analytics.

The course includes training participants in developing and fine-tuning solutions to complex business analytics problems using suitable techniques and tools, such that they could pursue careers like business intelligence analysts, research analysts, data scientists, quantitative data modellers, marketing analysts and finance analysts.

NUS will also be introducing a Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) course to undergraduates in the coming semester.