WNISEF Offers 5 Scholarships For the Best students of DS&IS Program

13 Jul, 2017

5 students of the Data Science & Intelligent Systems Bachelor’s Program at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv will have a chance to get a scholarship from the Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), which will cover the first two years of study.

The Bachelor’s Program in Data Science & Intelligent Systems will be launched in September at the Faculty of Electronics at LNU. It’s an innovative educational program initiated by Lviv IT Cluster together with IT industry and academics. As it turned out, not just IT companies are interested in improving and modernizing the Ukrainian education system.

Over the last decade, a massive explosion in the data generated and retained by companies and public has produced an increasing demand for professionals skilled in Data Science. Ukrainian data scientists, to be competitive on the international market, should possess the same set of knowledge and skills, as professionals from around the world. This is why Western NIS Enterprise Fund is providing five scholarships for students pursuing the Data Science & Intelligent Systems Program at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv that were jointly developed by Lviv IT Cluster with university faculty. Students completing this course of study will become leaders in the industry and use the newly gained knowledge and skills to drive change in Ukraine and globally. Moreover, we are glad to partner with Lviv IT Cluster and the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, showing how business can effectively work in unison with educational institutions to meet market demands“. – comments Jaroslawa Z. Johnson, President and CEO, Western NIS Enterprise Fund.

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Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) is a $150 million regional fund, a pioneer in Ukraine and Moldova with more than two decades of successful experience in investing in small and medium-sized companies. WNISEF was

funded by the U.S. government via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Since its inception, WNISEF’s cumulative investments total over $168 million to 118 companies employing around 25 000 people and made it possible to unlock $1.5 billion for companies in Ukraine and Moldova.

In 2015 WNISEF has launched a $35 million legacy program focused on export promotion, local economic development, impact investing and economic leadership. WNISEF is funding innovative, high-impact, reform focused programs and aims to support Ukraine and Moldova at this critical period by developing sound economic policy and leadership.

Main conditions to receive the scholarship are the following: good results of the External independent evaluation, a motivation letter, and a successful interview. Besides 5 scholarships, WNISEF will also support the organization of summer camps for students of the DS&IS program. Students will have a chance to visit lectures conducted by famous international experts from universities and IT companies, to work in groups creating new projects and solving different problems.