As part of an effort to drive breakthrough research, New York University has launched a data science and statistics initiative. Their website says that the U.S. will need from 140,000 to 190,000 people with analytic skills and up to 1.5 million for what they call “big data” jobs. The University-Wide Initiative will consist of professors from across the university and will offer graduate-degree programs including a two-year master’s program and a doctoral program.
The program will be run by Yann LeCun who said that the goal of the program is to focus on managing vast amounts of data and using it in a way that provides social and economic benefits. Matt Turk, from Bloomberg Ventures said that these types of initiatives are a step towards NY City becoming a “big data mecca.”