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SAS Analytics U to close analytics skills gap in Singapore

Zafar Anjum | July 2, 2014
Analytics software provider offers free software, academic partnerships, and collaboration with IDA to foster next generation of analytics talent in the country

SAS is launching SAS Analytics U, a broad higher education initiative that includes free SAS software, university and industry partnerships, and engaging user communities that support the next generation of SAS users.

Announcing this on 1 July, the analytics software and services company said that this initiative is aimed to help address the data and analytics talent gap in Singapore.

New, no-cost software offerings will allow students, professors and learners of all ages to access and deploy SAS software more easily and faster than ever, the company said in its statement.

"With Singapore moving towards becoming a global data and analytics hub, skills in analytics are in high demand, but there isn't enough talent to fill those jobs. We are launching SAS Analytics U in Singapore to help address that gap, by making it easier for anyone to become an analytics expert," said Francis Fong, Managing Director, SAS Singapore.

The new SAS University Edition offers free use of SAS foundational technologies, ideal for data and statistical analysis in teaching, research and self-paced learning.

Strategic partnerships

Over the years, SAS has forged strategic partnerships with four members of Singapore's Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) aimed at increasing the skills, resources and competencies in Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Analytics (BA) in Singapore. This collaboration includes Singapore Management University, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, SIM University, Nanyang Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic.

"With analytics transforming the workplace, graduates with analytics skills have a significant competitive advantage in the market," said Steven Miller, Dean, School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University. "Our partnership with SAS delivers tremendous value in bringing real-world expertise into the classroom, equipping our students with the knowledge and skills to solve real challenges."

Since 2008, SAS said it has offered 79 bond-free scholarships to students studying at local IHLs, aimed to encourage students to acquire knowledge in the field of data analytics without the obligation to find a job placement within SAS.

SAS also collaborates with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to meet the explosive demand for business intelligence and analytics (BIA) professionals. The IDA-SAS BIA Program is a 9-month program designed to fast-track new infocomm professionals to take on specialist-level roles in this BIA area.

SAS has also established the National Infocomm Scholarship program, with the aim to groom "industry-ready" scholars who can make immediate contributions to Singapore's Infocomm industry. SAS cooperates with IDA to recruit, train, and groom three suitable candidates under this program.



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