Idris: Malaysia needs additional 12000 data scientists

Share this: PUTRAJAYA: An additional 12,000 big data scientists are needed within the next five years to spur Malaysia’s data-driven economy, says Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. He said in 2014, there were 4,000 big data scientists in this country and the government was fully aware of the increase in demand from the commercial and public sectors for the services of data scientists. To address the shortage of big data scientists, he said the government had embarked on various initiatives, including establishing big data competency centres in the institutions of higher learning nationwide. “Ultimately, we aspire to compete in data economy on a global scale. “The establishment of the centres is the manifestation of our aspiration to nurture such ecosystem, aimed at stimulating research and innovation, on top…

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