Ateneo de Manila links up with UK university to offer data science program

The Ateneo de Manila University has launched a landmark partnership with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) to offer new programs on evolving realms of data science and creative media technology.

Ateneo de Manila's new Arete creative hub where data science and creative media technology programs will be offered

Ateneo de Manila’s new Arete creative hub where data science and creative media technology programs will be offered

QMUL is one of the leading higher-education institutions in the UK and is one of the few universities in the world that offers a Master’s degree in Media, Arts, and Technology and Data Science.

The partnership between ADMU and QMUL is in great part a result of the joint Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and British Council (BC) initiative Partnership under the Joint Development of Niche Programs.

Under the initiative, CHED and BC provided seed funding and capacity building for ten Philippine universities to partner with UK institutions towards the development and delivery of transnational education programs (TNE) in niche areas critical to national and regional development.

TNE includes joint and dual degree programs, which are jointly developed and delivered by partner universities. In a dual degree format, such as that envisioned by Ateneo de Manila and QMUL, a student spends time in both universities and in the end gets two degrees from both institutions.

“The QMUL partnership is not only founded on a commitment to academic excellence in emerging fields. It is more importantly grounded on similar ethos of service and inclusive development. With a shared vision, we bring together the strengths of these two institutions to help students become groundbreakers and thought-leaders of the digital age,” said Jose M. Cruz, SJ, vice president for university and global relations at the Ateneo de Manila said.

Commenting on the partnership, QMUL president and principal Colin Bailey said the partnership supports Queen Mary’s international partnerships activity and signifies its growing links in the Asean region.

“The programs that we are developing with Ateneo de Manila, in the areas of Big Data Science and Digital Innovation, will equip students with the digital skills they need to navigate a more knowledge-based global economy,” Bailey stated.

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