Closing the Gap on Big Data Education, Cloudera Teams with Top Universities Around the World

Data scientists are a rare commodity in today’s job market, and this is not expected to change anytime soon. In a recently published study, the McKinsey Global Institute predicted that demand for professionals with Big Data know-how will continue to exceed supply for the foreseeable future.

“By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions,” the report states.

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Leading Hadoop distributor Cloudera is hoping to address this widening knowledge gap by doubling down with academia.  The vendor just announced that it is launching the Cloudera Academic Partnership, a program meant to help universities equip students with the skills necessary to accelerate the “new Big Data economy”.  The first seven higher education institutions that signed up for CAP are:

●      Auburn University

●      California State University, Los Angeles

●      Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center at Harvard University

●      Purdue University

●      San Jose State University

●      Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

●      The University of Stavanger, Norway

These institutions join nearly a dozen U.S campuses that already offer degrees and certifications in data science. A sizable portion of these universities were brought on board by other Big Data vendors that are also targeting aspiring data scientists – namely IBM.

Big Blue has launched several academic initiatives over the past few years, including a web-based program that offers Hadoop courses and tutorialsfor free.  Anjul Bhambhri, IBM’s vice president of Big Data, alsocreated an educational web series  for the company’s network of over 200 colleges and universities.

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Maria Deutscher

Maria Deutscher

Maria Deutscher is a staff writer for SiliconANGLE covering all things enterprise and fresh. Her work takes her from the bowels of the corporate network up to the great free ranges of the open-source ecosystem and back on a daily basis, with the occasional pit stop in the world of end-users. She is especially passionate about cloud computing and data analytics, although she also has a soft spot for stories that diverge from the beaten track to provide a more unique perspective on the complexities of the industry.
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  2. Makoto_Shirota Cloudera提携は非常に大きいですね。日本でも例えばN社あたりが同様の取り組みをしてくれるとデータサイエンティスト育成の動きが加速するのでは、とも思いますが。

  3. TJO_datasci 確かにそうですね。ただ、日本の場合、欧米に比べるとアカデミックな世界と民間企業との距離があり過ぎるように思いますので、なかなか難しいのかも知れません。

  4. Makoto_Shirota まことに仰る通りだと思います。私自身昨年までアカデミック業界におりましたのでご懸念の点はよく理解しているつもりです。ただ、大学の側も度重なる予算削減で閉塞感を抱いていますので、民間企業の側が強くプッシュすれば意外といけそうな気もいたします。

  5. Maria, great insight! It is worth mentioning the HPCC Systems open source offering which provides a single platform that is easy to install, manage and code. Their built-in analytics libraries for Machine Learning and integration tools with Pentaho for great BI capabilities make it easy for users to analyze Big Data. Their free online training courses allow for students, academia and other developers to quickly get started. For more info visit:

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