The Consortium of Da.Re. met in Milton Keynes the 2nd of March for the Plenary organized to discuss the first 6 months of activities, with aim to plan the next steps for year 1.
A better location could not be chosen: Milton Keynes is hosting the Open University, partner of the project and the first University in UK to provide distance learning courses, since 1969.
Da.Re. aims at starting a revolution on the field of Data Science, re-imagining education in order to give to today students the opportunity to become the main characters in the companies of the future.
The Partners of the project, Universities and Private Companies coming from 5 different countries in Europe, started from the end of the process, asking themselves: what do the companies need?
The answer given is apparently very simple: Companies need to have their problem solved.
A Data Scientist as a Problem Solver must be the main output of Da.Re., this is the main conclusion made during the project meeting in Milton Keynes.
The Partners have worked during the day interacting and presenting the contents of the research made so far.
In order to be able to solve problems, our learners will deal with a high number of case studies representing the real world in which they can practice using the competences and knowledge acquired during the Pilot Course.
Yes, a Pilot Course will be experimented during the second year of activities of the project and the Partners have already started the discussion regarding its organization during the meeting in Milton Keynes.
Da.Re. wants to provide a 150 hours course and the Partners have decided to give the same quantity of time to the distance learn and the face to face activity.
The theory to be taught is going to be developed during the next months, while the case studies will be provided by the private companies already part of the Consortium but also by Da.Re. stakeholders, to be involved in a kind of meeting called Participatory Events.
As a matter of fact, a Participatory Event will be organized in each of the 5 countries involved in the project by June 2017: they will be the first way for the Da.Re. project to become the result of a common activity made in Europe.
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