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Pakistan university students attend virtual Oracle Academy session on data science

Damian Haas
Regional Director - JAPAC
Students at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST) recently attended a virtual student day hosted by Oracle Academy in Pakistan on the topic of “Data Science to Data Economy.”

As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. This event was designed to create awareness for the students about the imperatives of computing education. Oracle Academy invited four speakers to share their knowledge and different perspectives on data science and the ‘data economy’.

The opening session was given by Mr. Amer Khan, Oracle Senior Sales Director, who emphasized that data should be seen by business as a profit center rather than a cost center, and that every company should be investing in data.

Mr. Atif Humayun, Oracle Regional Sr. Manager – Data Enterprise Architect & Data Science, shared his knowledge about data science. He began with an explanation of the data perspective and its diversity. He noted that people must be willing to relearn to gain new knowledge and practical skills. He then guided the students through Oracle Academy resources that could enhance their learning throughout their university years and their readiness for upcoming career opportunities in data-related industries.

Mr. Muhammad Rafi, Assistant Professor at FAST Karachi Campus, shared an example of the integration of the Oracle Academy curriculum and the university’s data science courses. He described how the students’ were satisfied with the curriculum, which also aligns with Oracle Professional Certifications to help them be career ready. They also find a key advantage in the practical exercises that allow hands-on experience with different industry-relevant technologies.

Lastly, Mr. Syed Shariq Kalam, Regional Head South, Oracle Cloud Program, presented on how the industry has shaped up throughout two decades of the data perspective. He let the students know that having the right mindset once they step out of the university is equally as important as the knowledge and skills they acquired at the university.

We thank our speakers for sharing their time and talents and for joining us in our mission.

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