One more innovative degree program will start at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv with the support of Lviv IT Cluster. The Bachelor’s Program in Data Science is scheduled to launch at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics already in September.
Data Science is an interdisciplinary field of Computer Science, where the methods of data analytics are used to get more information and knowledge from the Big Data. This field is closely related to such fields as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data etc. If you process any big data correctly, it’s possible to get a lot of useful information from it. The big amounts of information about social network users give a possibility to predict the user’s behavior in the future. And all the data about patients in the hospitals can predict illnesses for the next few years.
The Bachelor’s Program in Data Science will start within the specialization of System Analysis at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics. The program will be designed for two groups of students with 25 scholarships.
“The program is for students who want to become not just Developers, but rather Data Scientists. It is completely different from all our programs we have at the university. We canceled few subjects and added around 10 new ones such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Parallel Computing, Human Computer Interaction, etc. We will also modernize some programming language courses – now they will include Python and R languages” – says Vitaliy Horlach, Associate Dean, Docent at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics.
The Data Science program is one more example of IT specialists and Lviv IT Cluster cooperating with the university. During the last few months the group of experts was working on the program, improving the curriculum.
“It was very interesting for me to join the workgroup because I graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. It’s really important to add and delete courses from time to time since the world is changing constantly and technologies are developing at extreme rates. Data Science today is a real demand of the job market here in Lviv and actually everywhere in the world. That’s why it’s very important for students to get more hands-on knowledge at the university” – says Maksym Nechepurenko, Data Scientist at Senstone.
After the second year of the program, students will have internships at IT companies in Lviv, where they will work on real projects together with IT professionals.