Date
13 December 2017
Nandita Vyas sees great potential for data science courses in Hong Kong given the wide skill gap in the market. Photo: EJ Insight
Nandita Vyas sees great potential for data science courses in Hong Kong given the wide skill gap in the market. Photo: EJ Insight

Hong Kong sees growing demand for data scientists

Hong Kong is seeing rising demand for experts in data science which has wide applications in the banking and securities industries.

“The financial industry has always been a big part of Hong Kong. We have seen a lot of people who want to learn data science,” Nandita Vyas, director of Hong Kong General Assembly, told EJ Insight.

“Interest in startups has grown in the past two years. Fintech is one example of a crossover traditional financial industry with startups,” Vyas said.

General Assembly is a venture capital-backed, New York-based startup focused on education for individuals and enterprises in technology, design and entrepreneurship.

The center has physical classrooms in 15 cities on four continents, with tens of thousands of students taking its courses.

In Asia Pacific, it operates in Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.

The Hong Kong branch, which opened two years ago, holds classes in Central, on data, design, business and technology. 

From June 27, General Assembly Hong Kong will offer a 12-week data science immersive course for the first time after similar launches in Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

Vyas expects the new data science course to attract students given the high demand for related jobs.

“We see so much new opportunity in Hong Kong for our data science course as there is a skill gap in the market,” she said.

Vyas said most people interested in data science immersive course are from the financial industry, many of them analysts.

The course will be taught by Luiz Pizzato, a Sydney-based data scientist and entrepreneur.

He has more than 15 years’ experience on the subject of artificial intelligence.

Pizzato’s lessons mainly focus on natural language processing and information retrieval but his expertise extends to recommender systems, machine learning and data mining.

Students will develop skills to aggregate data for analysis and perform visual and statistical analysis on data using Python and its associated libraries and tools, according to the syllabus.

General Assembly Hong Kong will hold a trial class on May 26.

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Chief reporter at EJ Insight

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