HSE Opens Joint Department with SAS
The joint department with SAS at the HSE Faculty of Computer Science aims to support educational programmes in data analysis and enrich teaching and learning with business expertise. The Higher School of Economics is the first Russian university to have founded a joint department with SAS.
This department, which will be opened on August 31, is a logical step in the long-standing cooperation between SAS and the Faculty of Computer Science. It is also a timely response to the current climate on the job market.
Business analysts are in high demand in finance, retail, consulting companies and other areas. Demand is considerably higher than supply and is constantly growing, and graduates’ knowledge does not always fulfil employers’ requirements.
‘We often hear that there is a lack of analysts, and that education is far from the market reality’, said Yulia Sanina, Director for HR and University Relations at SAS Russia/CIS. ‘Last year, SAS expanded its internship programme and included its clients. In other words, the company hires and trains interns both for itself and its clients. From experience, we know that developing a graduate intern to the level of a professional is a very difficult process. It takes about half a year of continuous training to become familiar with business problems’.
The educational process at HSE combines academic studies with business knowledge, so that students see the practical importance of their knowledge and understand how to use it. The founding of a joint department with SAS at the HSE Faculty of Computer Science will help improve the quality of applied and business teaching.
‘HSE aims to implement innovative learning patterns based on real cases, and SAS is the perfect partner. We’ve been cooperating since 2014- more or less since the founding of our faculty. We believe it’s a very valuable step to help students understand the tasks than need to be analyzed, the modern methods of data analysis, and business processes, and to enable them to implement their own projects. The SAS department will further expand the plethora of student opportunities’, believes Ivan Arzhantsev, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science.
The SAS department will help teach students not only at the Faculty of Computer Science, but at the other HSE faculties as well. The Faculty of Economic Sciences has expressed great interest in SAS courses and projects. Students will obtain the necessary skills and will experience business analysis by looking at specific examples.
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