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Soochow University will add a new member to the family.
The School of Big Data Management, the sixth college of the university, has been approved by the Ministry of Education and will start recruiting new students in the 2015 academic year.
“Every ten years, a few books appear that can change your way of looking at things.” This is a line taken from the review on Big Data, a book on business technology, by a professor from the Law School of Harvard University. It marked the beginning of a new era that is ruled by data. With the popularity of the internet and the trendy development of cloud computing, acquiring and analyzing Big Data brings us new ideas and subverts the understanding and operating patterns of many fields. For example, electronic business, social networking, public administration, health and medicine, as well as education and learning are among those that have been deeply affected. The concept, as developed from Data Mining, focuses not on the improvement of analytical skills, but on the information contained in a great quantity of data and how it offers new ways of interpreting all kinds of phenomena and forecasting abilities.
In 2010, McKinsey & Company identified the ten technologies that will lead future business development trends, including acquiring and analyzing Big Data, the public value of cloud computing, and the multi-faceted participation, interaction, and service of business. With the integration and application of these technologies together with mobile communication networking, data produced by business will grow exponentially, as traditional filing techniques become bottle-necked. On the dawn of the era of big data, Big Data analysis is necessary and essential and the number of data scientists will see a sharp increase in response to the trend. In fact, the Harvard Business Review named it one of the most promising jobs of the 21th century.
Grasping the trend and looking into the future, Soochow University has established the School of Big Data Management under the coordination of various departments. The objectives of the school are to provide professional training in the field of Big Data to meet the demands of the business community and to serve as a training base for those in the field of big data throughout the country.
As the first school devoted exclusively to Big Data, the School of Big Data Management will begin recruiting up to 90 students for its undergraduate program and 20 students for its practical-oriented Master’s program for the coming 2015 academic year.
Soochow University stepping into the Era of Big Data