MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society builds educational partnership in Uruguay

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

In addition to making online education crucial to continued learning, the coronavirus pandemic poses the kind of global, societal challenges that must be addressed with rigorous data analysis. As the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and other organizations worldwide use statistics and machine learning to model infection rates, predict policy outcomes, and inform reopening plans, the need for people trained in these methods has never been more clear.

IDSS is helping to expand and promote this learning worldwide through the MITx MicroMasters Program in Statistics and Data Science. Developed by IDSS faculty, and in partnership with MITx, the MicroMasters Program focuses on four pillars of data science: probability, statistics, data analysis, and machine learning.

The IDSS mission to advance data science education through the MicroMasters Program led to a pilot collaboration with Aporta, a social impact group developing Peru’s next generation of data scientists. Building upon that success, IDSS now welcomes a new partner in Latin America: the Uruguay Technological University (UTEC) Program in Data Science.

In collaboration with Plan Ceibal, an organization in Uruguay that expands digital technologies in education and facilitates access to learning, the UTEC Program in Data Science created a blended learning program that builds upon the MITx MicroMasters Program in Data Science and Statistics. After completing four courses and a capstone exam, successful students transition to the subsequent residential master’s program at UTEC. UTEC is an MITx global pathway school, one of many worldwide offering credit toward the completion of a graduate degree to credential holders of the MicroMasters program.

“At Plan Ceibal, through the Program in Data Science, we are very excited about this new opportunity to continue strengthening our relationship with such a prestigious institution as MIT, through IDSS,” says Leandro Folgar, president of Plan Ceibal. “Together, we will keep working on our mission to advance the new generation of Latin American data scientists, positioning Uruguay as a regional hub for educational projects on innovation, entrepreneurship, and information and communication technologies.”

Through their partnership, IDSS, Plan Ceibal, and the UTEC Program in Data Science will expand knowledge and expertise in Uruguay. Plan Ceibal and UTEC will recruit and support cohorts of learners through the program; IDSS will also support these learners with live instruction, regular feedback, and individualized course materials from expert teaching assistants.

Centrally located in Latin America, Uruguay is well-positioned to serve as a regional data science hub for its own citizens as well as neighboring countries Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. According to the World Bank, “Uruguay stands out in Latin America for being an egalitarian society and for its high income per capita and low level of inequality and poverty.” Uruguay rates high for most development indicators and is known for its well-developed social security, health, and educational systems.

“Our education partnerships are part of our commitment to advancing the global state of data science,” says IDSS director and professor of electrical engineering and computer science Munther Dahleh. “I’m pleased to be expanding our efforts with Plan Ceibal and the UTEC Program in Data Science. They’ve already had a big impact on education in Uruguay and Latin America.”

By combining their efforts, IDSS and the UTEC Program for Data Science can recreate much of the MIT classroom experience for learners at a distance — and at scale. The next cohort is set to begin in September.

X ITM Cloud News

Stephen

Leave a Reply

Next Post

3 Questions: Thomas Kochan on new policies to shape work of the future

Thu Jul 16 , 2020
Spread the love          Professor Thomas A. Kochan has been studying work and employment in the United States for decades — and he thinks it is time for the country to make significant policy changes. Kochan, the George M. Bunker Professor of Management and a professor of work and organization studies at […]
X- ITM

Cloud Computing – Consultancy – Development – Hosting – APIs – Legacy Systems

X-ITM Technology helps our customers across the entire enterprise technology stack with differentiated industry solutions. We modernize IT, optimize data architectures, and make everything secure, scalable and orchestrated across public, private and hybrid clouds.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is x-itmdc.jpg

The enterprise technology stack includes ITO; Cloud and Security Services; Applications and Industry IP; Data, Analytics and Engineering Services; and Advisory.

Watch an animation of  X-ITM‘s Enterprise Technology Stack

We combine years of experience running mission-critical systems with the latest digital innovations to deliver better business outcomes and new levels of performance, competitiveness and experiences for our customers and their stakeholders.

X-ITM invests in three key drivers of growth: People, Customers and Operational Execution.

The company’s global scale, talent and innovation platforms serve 6,000 private and public-sector clients in 70 countries.

X-ITM’s extensive partner network helps drive collaboration and leverage technology independence. The company has established more than 200 industry-leading global Partner Network relationships, including 15 strategic partners: Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Dell Technologies, Google Cloud, HCL, HP, HPE, IBM, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Oracle, PwC, SAP, ServiceNow and VMware

.

X ITM