We regret to announce that the consortium has decided to postpone the BDMA program by 12 months. Therefore, there will be no BDMA courses starting on September 2020 and the next cohort of students is expected to start on September 2021.
In September 2020 we will open a grant application period to start on September 2021. We still don’t know how many grants will be available. We will have further information in this respect around September. Similarly, In March 2021 we will open the self-funded application period for self-funded aiming to start in September 2021.
This decision has not been easy to make but it was our only choice given the impossibility to ensure the high-quality standards expected from an excellence programme such as BDMA. From an academic perspective, we believe that fully online classes would have lowered the quality of the programme, especially since active learning and group projects are an essential part of the programme. Besides the academic aspects, we also considered the practical difficulties the students would have encountered (as of now, the Belgian embassies are still closed and hence it would be impossible to obtain the visa on time for the beginning of the academic year, difficulties to find housing in the current context, etc.). Finally, BDMA is a real opportunity for the students to live in different European countries and to interact from people from all around the world. Allowing to start BDMA with online lectures would have deprived you of such an invaluable experience.
We hope you do understand our decision and the different reasons which led us to take it and we hope to see you next year!
The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme in Big Data Management and Analytics (BDMA) is a unique programme that fully covers all of the data management and analytics aspects of Big Data (BD), built on top of Business Intelligence (BI) foundations, and complemented with horizontal skills. It has been jointly designed and adheres to international studies, being structured to cover all the skills BI and BD specialists require.
The programme favours the integration of students into a network of specialists and researchers in BI and BD. The curriculum is jointly delivered by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain, Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) in Germany, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) in the Netherlands and CentraleSupélec (CS) in France. Scholars from academic partners around the world and partners from leading industries in BI, private R&D companies, service companies, public research institutes, and public authorities will contribute to the programme by training students, providing computers, software, course material, job placement or internship perspectives, as well as financial support.
This consortium will prepare the graduates not only to answer today s professional challenges by a strong connection with the needs coming from the industry, but also to pursue their studies into doctorate programs, through strong connections with the researchers and innovators views.
The master is divided in four semesters of 30 ECTS each. In the first year, students acquire fundamental knowledge in BI and BD. The first semester at ULB homogenises the students’ background by introducing them to core BI competences: traditional data management, business process management, and data analytics. The second semester at UPC covers BD fundamentals: distributed management to deal with Volume, semantic management to deal with Variety, and distributed stream-based management to deal with Velocity. In this first year, students also acquire ethics awareness and business and entrepreneurship skills to deal with Value, as well as horizontal skills such as critical thinking, language, writing, and presentation skills. In the second year, students specialise in how to couple such techniques with a business goal. The specialisation in “Large-Scale Data Analytics” at TUB focus on data analytics on both large, heterogeneous data, but also on fast, high-throughput data, i.e., dealing mainly with Volume, Velocity, and Variety. The specialisation in “Business Process Analytics” at TU/e offers the bridge between data mining and business processes modelling and analysis, i.e., dealing mainly with Variability and Value. The specialisation in “Decision Support and Analytics” at CS concentrates on models, algorithms, and technologies related to decision-support systems and massive data analytics, dealing mainly with Value and Veracity. Ethics and innovation courses are incorporated in the three specialisation programmes. In the last semester, devoted to the master’s thesis, students put into practice the obtained technical skills, aligned with a business and entrepreneurship vision, and with a strong background in ethics. Finally, during the whole programme, students are introduced to local culture aspects.
The tuition language is English. The programme targets students with a Bachelor of Science (or a level equivalent to 180 ETCS) with major in Computer Science, as well as an English proficiency corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The BDMA programme will deliver a joint degree to the graduates following the mobility ULB, UPC, and CS. The BDMA programme will deliver three degrees from ULB, UPC, and the university of specialisation (either TUB or TU/e) to the graduates following the other mobilities.
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