- A total of 139 PhD students will benefit from this programme which will give them a world-class foundational understanding of Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Machine Learning

A new industry and Government supported PhD programme in Foundations of Data Science was launched today by Mary Mitchell O Connor, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Higher Education, at an event in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Research Training (CRT) in Foundations of Data Science is a large-scale collaborative initiative between University College Dublin (UCD), University of Limerick (UL), Maynooth University (MU) and industry partners and is coordinated by Skillnet Ireland and Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet.

The CRT was announced earlier this year, with an investment of €21 million by SFI, academia and industry, to support a total of 139 PhD students to respond to the rapidly-evolving needs of Ireland’s data science industry. The first cohort of 27 PhD students will take their places at the new CRT in September.

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said, “The Government is committed to developing Ireland’s data science industry as a globally recognised centre of excellence and will continue to support programmes such as this within higher education while also supporting industry needs by creating exciting new opportunities for innovation across all sectors”.

“This SFI Centre for Research Training will play a vital role in giving this idea due importance. The world of work is changing, and skills gained from Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Machine Learning are transferable across industries.”

“It also brings into light that we need to maintain a constant focus on what skills are required for economic competitiveness. This programme is an example of the Government’s Future Jobs initiative in practice, helping to create a future-proofed workforce and prepare for tomorrow’s economy.”

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