141 graduate from DOST-PCIEERD data training course

Sunday, April 14, 2019 12:00 AM    Views : 171by:Dhel Nazario

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) has produced 141 data training graduates and is looking forward to training more to keep up with the market.

Practicing professionals like Zito Relova were able to hone their talents with data science becoming a permeating technology in industry even more through innovative learning programs that help them expand their skill set from the comforts of their own home and schedule.

“Being a big believer in online courses, the training course provided me with a way to keep learning on my own time without the need to be physically present in a school,” shared Relova, a Batch 1 graduate of the training program.

The course consists of four modules, namely: The Data Scientist’s Toolbox, R Programming, Getting and Cleaning Data, and Exploratory Data Analysis. Apart from this, the course also offers an additional wave of learning tracks with further topics centering on data and its applications to studying trends, global movements, human behavior, and the like.

The 141 graduates were automatically accepted for the next four advanced courses of the entire data science track training program, allowing them to maximize what they have learned and applying them to real life situations and at work. The advanced courses tackled Modules 6-8 of the Data Science specialization by Johns Hopkins University.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit expressed optimism that the newly-trained data scientists will be a big boost to government, academe, and industry as they can help in crafting data-driven decisions and policies that can help shape the economy.

“The new technologies we enjoy today generates, processes, and uses enormous amounts of data which if put into good use can help solve most of our problems. The data scientists we have trained can provide a newer perspective in terms of looking for solutions or responding to the call of the times,” he said.

The trainees went through the pioneering Learning at Scale training, which was done purely online in partnership with local start-up MOOCs PH, and offers the needed trainings developed by different international universities through Coursera.

“The best part of the experience for me is the flexibility of the program. It allows people to continue learning despite having other obligations in life. You don’t have to plan your life around your education anymore, you can always learn in your own time,” said Relova.

“Skills in data science also intends to respond to local needs and demands for science-based solutions,” Paringit added.

“Data science in the Philippines is still very much in its infancy. Only a small percentage of people are familiar with the field. Despite this, there are actually a lot of people who want to break into data science but are just not sure how to do it,” Relova explained.


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