Last June 8, the first batch of trainees of the Data, Connectivity and Intelligence: Data Science Track, offered by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), completed the program with a graduation ceremony held at the Heritage Hotel Manila, Pasay City.
The Data Science Track is the third of a series of training programs in Data, Connectivity, and Intelligence and the first online learning module, managed by DOST-PCIEERD in partnership with the local startup MOOCS PH – which works in collaboration with tech company Coursera. This is DOST’s first scholarship program that is delivered purely online, and the first one in the country that was done in collaboration with Coursera.
With the goal of addressing the growing demand for data scientists – thanks to the country’s rapid adaptation of using data in studying trends, global movements, human behavior, and the like – the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through PCIEERD, initiated an online data science training course for individuals from different sectors: academe, government, and private industries, including undergraduate and graduate students.
The Batch 1 course consists of four modules, namely: The Data Scientist’s Toolbox, R Programming, Getting and Cleaning Data, and Exploratory Data Analysis.
From over 1,000 applications received for Batch 1, the program was able to accommodate 353 applicants with 141 of them having completed the four modules and recognized during the graduation ceremony. These graduates were automatically accepted for the other advanced courses of the entire data science track training program, allowing the trainees to utilize their knowledge to the next level. The advanced courses will tackle the Modules 6-8 of the Data Science specialization by Johns Hopkins University.
With training programs like the Data Science Track, DOST aims to provide a more comprehensive approach in upskilling our local workforce, giving all individuals an equal opportunity to learn while giving them quality education from top-tier academic institutions. In the long run, DOST-PCIEERD aims to continue spurring more knowledge transfer initiatives to deserving and talented individuals, for groundbreaking technologies.