According to the ranking of the comprehensive strength of data majors in education and teaching released by the Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Innovation Alliance of National Universities, the major of Data Science and Big Data Technology at East China Normal University (ECNU) ranked second among 674 universities for its data major in China!
Besides, the major of Data Science and Big Data Technology at ECNU is the only national first-class undergraduate major in the data major of universities in China.
Adhering to the development concept of “Innovation is demand-driven and requires open-mindedness”, the School of Data Science and Engineering is devoted to exploring an “ECNU model” for training of IT talents in digital transformation and solving real-world problems concerning data. The school focuses on the development opportunities brought by “Internet+” in transformation, upgrading and revolution of various fields, as well as the consequent engineering research issues in data analysis and management.
The school has undertaken a number of key scientific research projects, including the National Key Research and Development Program of China. It connects with finance, logistics, education, Internet marketing and other industries in establishing six laboratories jointly launched by the university and enterprises.
The school is also responsible for the construction of “Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Big Data Management System” and “Talent Recruitment Base of Innovative Information Technology for Smart Education”.
The school has made fruitful achievements in scientific research. The results of the core data management system have been successfully applied by the Bank of Communications, China Mobile, UCloud and other industrial leaders.
Meanwhile, the research team won second prize of the National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology, first prize in the Ministry of Education Progress in Science and Technology prize, and twice won first prize in the Shanghai Municipal Prize for Progress in Science and Technology.
ECNU's big data project won national science and technology prize.
Prof. Zhou Aoying, Vice President of ECNU, worked with more than 40 experts from 15 universities to compile and publish Data Science and Engineering Curriculum Guidelines. He also organized the compilation of a series of textbooks.
The school offers courses that combine the expertise of computer, applied mathematics and statistics, information system and other disciplines, thus forming an integrated teaching system at the BA, MA, and PhD levels. Based on the school-enterprise joint laboratories, the school has set up student practice bases and 8 scholarships named after the sponsoring enterprises.
Furthermore, it provides all undergraduate students majoring in data with tutors and holds a summer school every year to track the cutting-edge trends in the field of big data.
After studying the data major, students will be armed with the basic knowledge essential to data management, processing and analysis. They will be able to design and engineer algorithms for data analysis and implementation of data system or application engineering, and acquire the fundamental theories and core technology innovation competence that will enable them to engage in creative scientific research and application solution building in relevant fields.
Source：School of Data Science and Engineering
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