UPEI launches new school of math­e­mat­i­cal and com­puter sci­ences

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

The Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land has launched a new school of­fer­ing pro­gram­ming in math­e­mat­ics, com­puter sci­ence and sta­tis­tics.

The UPEI School of Math­e­mat­i­cal and Com­pu­ta­tional Sci­ences was cre­ated based on the grow­ing need for univer­sity grad­u­ates to be ed­u­cated in de­vel­op­ing so­phis­ti­cated math­e­mat­i­cal and sta­tis­ti­cal tech­niques aligned for mar­ket needs, man­ag­ing and ex­tract­ing knowl­edge from un­prece­dented vol­umes of data and in­te­grat­ing math­e­mat­i­cal and sta­tis­ti­cal meth­ods with pow­er­ful an­a­lyt­i­cal soft­ware and tech­nol­ogy tools.

UPEI will be­gin ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions im­me­di­ately for en­rol­ment in Septem­ber 2016.

The four-year de­gree pro­gram falls un­der a bach­e­lor of sci­ence.

“Guided by our univer­sity’s strate­gic plan, UPEI is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing trans­for­ma­tive pro­gram­ming that pro­vides our stu­dents with the knowl­edge, skills, and hands-on learn­ing which will en­able them to reach their full po­ten­tial in both the class­room and the com­mu­nity,” said UPEI pres­i­dent Alaa Abd-El-Aziz.

Stu­dents en­rolled in the UPEI School of Math­e­mat­i­cal and Com­pu­ta­tional Sci­ences gain a strong foun­da­tion in math­e­mat­ics, com­puter sci­ences.and sta­tis­tics in their first two years of study be­fore de­vel­op­ing ex­per­tise through a ma­jor in math­e­mat­ics, com­puter sci­ence (spe­cial­iza­tion op­tion in video game pro­gram­ming), sta­tis­tics, ac­tu­ar­ial sci­ence, an­a­lyt­ics (spe­cial­iza­tion op­tions in busi­ness an­a­lyt­ics or data an­a­lyt­ics) or fi­nan­cial math­e­mat­ics in the last two years of their de­gree.

“UPEI be­lieves the growth of stu­dents with ex­per­tise in math­e­mat­i­cal and com­pu­ta­tional sci­ences creates tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties to ben­e­fit our stu­dents’ per­sonal and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, the growth of in­dus­try within our re­gion, and P.E.I.’s over­all education sys­tem,” said Gor­don MacDon­ald, in­terim as­so­ciate dean of the new school.

“The ab­sence of such ex­per­tise im­pedes growth at all lev­els — from an in­di­vid­ual’s po­ten­tial to that of our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Abd-El-Aziz

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