With the comprehensive curriculum and professional guidance, graduates of MDASC would master the essential skills to perform tasks as a Data Scientist or related positions upon graduation. They would therefore be of huge demand by employers across public and private sectors. Evidences include:
"A promising employment outlook and lucrative opportunities land the up-and-coming profession Data Scientists at No.1 in its second year appearing on the Jobs Rated report."
"The high demand for data scientists and statisticians comes from a growing emphasis on collecting and evaluating massive quantities of data. The opportunities for professionals trained in these fields are tremendous, as the IT sector, healthcare, business - and any sector that collects consumer information can put these numbers to use.
Data science is a relatively new field, which promises to revolutionize industries from business to government, health care to academia. A growing number of universities offer data science degree programs.
The new field of data science has company near the top of the 2016 Best Jobs report. Information Security Analyst, another newly added career to the report, ranks No. 3. With an increasing number of data breaches and hacking attempts affecting companies and governments around the globe, there's a greater need to for information security analysts to keep personal and top-secret information safe from cyber-attacks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recommends a Bachelor's degree, if not a postgraduate MBA, for those interested in this burgeoning profession."
- Extract from the 2016 annual jobs related report from CareerCast.com
According to recruitment and HR firm Randstad*, data scientist and in particular data analysts are among the top 10 most in-demand tech jobs in Hong Kong. Fintech, IT solutions providers, retailers, telecoms companies and those in the commercial space have high demand for these talents.
MDASC, as one of the 43 Programmes in Hong Kong, is sponsored by University Grants Committee (UGC) for Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme. Local offer recipients who will be students of MDASC in the academic year 2020-21 are eligible, full-time or part-time alike.
Local offer recipients who wish to apply for the Fellowship scheme should prepare a proposal on how they can contribute to the priority areas (i.e. Business, R&I, and STEM) of Hong Kong after completing MDASC.
Interested local offer recipients should apply for the scheme themselves online soon after they receive the offer notifications. Please ask the Programme Secretary for the exact deadline of application.
Successful Fellowship Scheme applicants will each receive an award of HK$120,000, and they will receive the amount after the start of their first year of study. The awardees still need to pay the full tuition fee following the usual payment schedule.
If the awardees cannot complete MDASC for any reasons or are not able to obtain satisfactory results, they will be required to refund the full amount of the award.