The University of Nicosia is launching two innovative Data Science degrees
– The emerging Data Science field is expected to create one million new positions in EU Member States by 2025
– The academic programmes have close collaboration with leading industry experts and companies
The University of Nicosia is launching two state-of-the-art academic programmes in the emerging, cutting-edge field of Data Science, to be offered as of Fall Semester 2020.
The two programmes of study are designed to prepare students for employment opportunities in one of the ten most in-demand job specializations globally. Indicatively, the Data Science field is expected to create one million new positions in EU member states by 2025.
Data Science is an emerging scientific field that integrates different disciplines such as computer science, mathematics and statistics, as well as different application-specific domains. Data-driven technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, business intelligence and forecasting are applied across a wide range of emerging and established industries.
BSc in Data Science (on campus)
The BSc in Data Science is the first undergraduate Data Science programme in Cyprus and one of the few currently offered in Europe. The degree’s innovative curriculum is designed to meet the demands of a data-driven economy upon graduation. Students will deepen their knowledge in emerging technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, data programming, data privacy and security, learn from renowned faculty and work on real-world big data challenges.
The BSc in Data Science is a four-year programme taught in English.
MSc in Data Science (distance learning)
The MSc in Data Science enables early and mid-career professionals to advance their career by developing a series of capabilities that are highly in-demand in a variety of industries. Teaching and research staff on the programme have expertise in academic and industrial environments. The MSc programme offers the flexibility of distance learning by utilizing modern and traditional e-learning tools. It is worth noting that the University of Nicosia is the first university in the EU to be awarded a 5-Star rating (QS Stars) for Online/Distance Learning.
The MSc in Data Science is a three-semester programme taught in English.
These two new Data Science degrees are offered by the Computer Science Department of the University of Nicosia and supported by the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University.
Both programmes are accredited by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA).
For more information, please contact the programme coordinators, Professor Dr Athena Stassopoulou ([email protected]) and Associate Professor Dr Ioannis Katakis ([email protected]), or visit the official pages of the programmes: https://www.unic.ac.cy/data-science-bsc-4-years/ and https://www.unic.ac.cy/msc-in-data-science-msc-1-5-years-or-3-semesters-distance-learning/.
Industry Collaborations and Initiatives
Collaboration with Expedia
The University of Nicosia has developed strong partnerships in order to provide students with the opportunity to collaborate with experts around the world in industry and academia. Notably, the MSc in Data Science will be supported by the data science team of Expedia, one of the most technologically advanced firms in the travel and tourism industry. The Expedia team will be contributing to the MSc by teaching a series of courses, mentoring students in data science projects and providing real world data that the students can practice with.
Makridakis Open Forecasting Center
In collaboration with the Makridakis Open Forecasting Center of the University of Nicosia, students will have the opportunity to work with some of the world leaders in forecasting applications of data science, including potentially participating in the M Forecasting Competitions. The current fifth edition (M5) of the Competition is taking place in collaboration with other leading universities in the field of forecasting (INSEAD and the National Technical University of Athens) and some of the most advanced and innovative corporate users of data science in the world (Google, Walmart, and Uber).