Business analytics software and services specialist SAS has inked a strategic deal with four members of Singapore's institutes of higher learning (IHL).
The partnership aims to increase the skills, resources and competencies in business intelligence (BI) and business analytics (BA) in Singapore.
SAS will provide IHL with the necessary know-how, technologies and alignment with what the industries need.
This collaboration will be completed in many steps and its first phase includes Singapore Management University, National University of Singapore Business School, Nanyang Polytechnic, and Republic Polytechnic.
SAS notes that this partnership with IHL will provide students and faculty staff with training, scholarships, SAS's BI and BA solutions and internship opportunities.
Boost Singapore's economic growth
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has chosen business analytics as one of the key focus areas, which will strengthen the development of information and communication technology skills that are critical to Singapore's economic growth.
"We aim to solidify Singapore's position in this region as a hub for advanced analytics capabilities with a strong knowledge workforce. To do this, we need to build stronger collaboration between the three parties," said Bill Lee, managing director of SAS Singapore. "This win-win partnership is a significant milestone for the business analytics community in Singapore as we look to deepen competencies in business analytics and inject the industry with a continuous pool of talent."
"We applaud SAS for being the first to establish an extensive training collaboration with the IHLs," said Andrew Khaw, senior director of industry development group of the IDA. "This arrangement is a complement to IDA's new four-year manpower development roadmap, MDEV 2.0, which aims to develop Singapore's local infocomm workforce for high-end, high value-add jobs to meet the evolving industry needs."
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