According to the forecasts of the World Economic Forum, by 2020 data analysts will be in high demand in companies globally. IBM claims that the annual demand for data scientists, data developers and data engineers will lead to 700,000 new recruitments; according to an analysis conducted on a sample of 550 Italian small and medium-sized businesses, 50% of SMEs state that they intend to hire a data analyst in the next three years. Similar situation is in other countries of the world.
This is the main reason behind the popularity of study programmes Big Data for Business and Applied Mathematics at the Kaunas University of Technology Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The demand of big data analysists is confirmed by business, say the representatives of Centric IT Alexandru Manoila and Eglė Valantinė who visited the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences recently.
“We need maths specialists, big data analysts and similar professionals, that’s why we are participating in the study process, communicating with students on various levels – by offering them work placement and permanent positions in the company”, said the representatives of Centric IT who have
Bronė Narkevičienė, The Dean of the Faculty and Jurgita Dabulytė-Bagdonavičienė, Head of Mathematics study programmes introduced KTU studies and the scientific conference KTU Big Data School. During the meeting it was decided to continue cooperation and to aim for common goals – development of student potential and possibilities – together.
“One of the main reasons for Centric to settle in Kaunas was the potential of the University. We are really interested to collaborate with KTU in research and development programs, to support local initiatives into this domain and continuously support local development of talent. Investment into education will increase the quality of living, local environment and eventually it will be visible into the economic progress”, in previous interviews with KTU had said Freddie Veltmaat, Technology Director at Centric.
In March 2018 a Dutch IT company Centric announced about its plans to establish a division in Kaunas and to employ 200 specialists over the next three years. Established in 1992, Centric now has divisions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Romania. It employs around 4,300 staff.