Data Science is becoming more and more essential to find answers to the challenges of our era. Jheronimus Academy of Data Science is a unique concept in the Netherlands. In three different locations Data Science can be studied, researched and applied through bachelor and graduate programs, PDeng education, Data Science Centers and incorporation into existing ecosystems. With this unique cooperation between the Province of North Brabant, the Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology we create a new knowledge infrastructure with which Brabant puts itself at the heart of the future.
The Brabant region has a long tradition of innovation built on collaboration. A new and unique initiative that fosters this tradition is the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science. Within this initiative two universities from Brabant, the province of Brabant and the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch have joint forces around big data. There are many reasons for doing so. Experts consider big data as being the ‘black gold’ of the future that opens up the way to innumerable new business opportunities and new jobs in the region.
The initiative is an answer to the large demand for experts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions. Both industry and governmental organizations are in urgent need of people who have both the technical insights as well as understanding the social, ethical and legal aspects and impacts of big data applications: so-called ‘T-shaped’ Data Scientists.
The Eindhoven University of Technology and Tilburg University realized that they wouldn’t be able to fulfill this demand on their own, but that they complement each other perfectly in the sought after knowledge areas. In line with the explosive development of big data they have managed to develop new bachelors and masters programs that are fully complementary to each other.
Brabant and ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Brabant and ‘s-Hertogenbosch are also partners in this initiative, which they see as being of much added value for the region. The collaboration has not only resulted in unique programs and unique research, but has also created a new eco-system that is beneficial to the economy and employment opportunities.
This is concretized in the main location of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science in the former Mariënburg convent in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. This is set to be a hotspot where researchers, data science students and industry collaborate in developing cutting-edge, real-world solutions.
Jheronimus Academy of Data Science is an ambitious initiative. The Academy offers seven bachelors and masters programs at three locations (TU Eindhoven, Tilburg University and Mariënburg Campus). Plans are to eventually be able to accommodate between 1,500 and 2,000 data science students from around the world. The programs are innovative and truly multi-disciplinary. This is especially true for the Mariënburg Campus where researchers and students work in close collaboration with industry within a unique educational concept.
Jheronimus Academy of Data Science intends to become a center of knowledge and activity where future-proof, real-world solutions are developed, and that will improve the region’s competitive position. The Academy is a high point in a tradition of collaboration in the areas of social and technical innovation.
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It acts as a hybrid ecosystem enabler and linking pin connecting regional ecosystem players to applied research throughout JADS in addition to data science related start-ups in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
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