Northwestern University School of Professional Studies and Great Learning felicitate learners from the first batch of the MS in Data Science Programme

India, September 17, 2022: Northwestern University School of Professional Studies and Great Learning, one of the leading global tech companies for higher education and professional training, organized a felicitation ceremony for the first batch of students on their successful completion of the MS in Data Science Programme. The cohort consisted of seasoned professionals employed at organizations such as Google, VMware, Accenture, UIDAI, TCS, etc. with an average work experience of over 10 years.

This online degree program with 100% live lectures delivered by highly accomplished faculty from Northwestern University and Great Learning offers working professionals in India an opportunity to earn a world-class master’s degree from a global top-ranked university. Gracing the event with their presence were Thomas F. Gibbons, Dean, Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, Snehamoy Mukherjee, Senior Client Partner at Axtria, Dr. Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay, Professor at Great Lakes School of Management, Gurgaon and Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar, Academic Director at Great Learning.

Talking about his experience of the program, a learner of the graduating cohort and former Army colonel, Ramandeep Singh, Director UIDAI, MeiTy said, “World-class education with Indian affordability made this program a no-brainer for me. The hands-on problem-solving teaching approach from top-notch university professors from around the world was a unique learning experience. I couldn’t find a program that has been designed and imparted with such meticulous dexterity and would also rate it as the highest on the ROI scale. Being an alumnus of such a world-class university is a lifelong privilege.”

Addressing the learners, Thomas F. Gibbons, Dean, Northwestern School of Professional Studies said, “It is my great pleasure to join you all in celebration today. You’ve completed a complex and demanding program and earned a sought-after master’s degree from a globally-ranked university. You all balanced the demands of your studies and professional roles, sacrificed time with friends and family, and weathered the uncertainties of a global pandemic in pursuit of your goal. I am proud to congratulate each of you as members of the first group in India to earn the Northwestern University Master’s degree in Data Science.”

He further stated, “We are particularly grateful to our colleagues at Great Learning for investing their deep knowledge of India’s technology landscape and for navigating the growing needs of employers for advanced analytical skills. This partnership has allowed Northwestern to create an affordable master’s program that delivers advanced Data Science knowledge and expertise, thereby pushing graduates to high-demand careers with exceptional advantages in the Indian Data Science marketplace.”

Mohan Lakhamraju, Founder and CEO, of Great Learning, said, “My heartiest congratulations to the learners on their successful completion of this program. The recent Humans of Data Science report from Michael Page estimates that Data Science will create approximately 11.5 million job openings by 2026. Our endeavor was to make an MS degree in data science from a globally top-ranked school accessible and affordable to learners in India. Through this program, the graduating learners will become alumni of Northwestern University which opens up global networking and career opportunities for them. It has been a privilege to work with Northwestern University and we look forward to our continued collaboration.”

The 18-month master’s program helps learners strengthen their core analytical skills and derive actionable insights, enabling them to come up with data-backed solutions and recommendations to business problems. The program is structured to accommodate working professionals and offers learners the flexibility to earn the degree while being employed full-time. Learners also get an opportunity to network with their peers and industry professionals through in-person residencies that are part of the program.

About Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies

The mission of the School of Professional Studies is to provide a superior Northwestern education to outstanding students whose academic pursuits must be balanced with professional or personal commitments. SPS strives to be a leader in continuing and professional education by providing innovative learning opportunities that serve the lifelong learning needs of its students.

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies students is part of a unique and distinguished university community. They learn in a supportive, collaborative environment in courses — offered online and in the evenings on Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston campuses — that enable them to balance their personal and professional lives with the pursuit of learning. Classes in SPS degree and certificate programs are taught by some of the university’s most respected and talented teachers — scholars and professionals who value the diversity, energy, and creativity of students.

One of the 12 colleges and schools of Northwestern University, SPS has been a core part of Northwestern’s mission for more than 80 years. SPS is enmeshed in many parts of the University — sharing faculty members, creating innovative programs, and setting the standard for higher education for adults. SPS students become part of a university ranked among the U.S.A’s best universities with top medical, law, and business schools, and a faculty that has made pioneering contributions to materials science, nanotechnology, economics, the humanities, and more.

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