UNAIR NEWS – In the 2020/2021 academic year, Universitas Airlangga is opening School of Advanced and Multidisciplinary Technology offering five new programs. They are Data Science Technology, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Engineering, Nanotechnology Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. As the person in charge of the development of five new programs, Prof. Dr. Bambang Sektiari L., Drh., revealed that the programs have passed the accreditation test from BAN-PT and they will admit students next semester.
“We invited experts to evaluate the curriculum in the preparation of five programs, as UNAIR is the first state university to offer Data Science bachelor’s degree program in Indonesia, “Prof. Bambang said.
Dr. Norhaslinda Kamaruddin, data science expert from Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia, explained that data science discipline has a significant and relevant function today because of its ability to get important information by filtering millions of available data. It is useful in various fields from product marketing to health. She also said that data science was relatively new, so the number of data scientists is still limited.
“I commend UNAIR to open the bachelor’s program, even though it brings great responsibility. For that reason, I emphasize that the data science curriculum must be focused on the development of programming, mathematics, statistics, data handling, and software engineering skills,” she stated.
The statement was also supported by Dr. Taufiq Asyhari, a lecturer at Coventry University, England. He added that data science is a transdisciplinary science, or a combination of various studies leading to a new science. Therefore, the emphasis on the fundamentals of data science is very important.
“The main focus of data science is processing data into information as accurately as possible with technological methods that are as automatic as possible. For that reason, data science students do not only understand how data science programs work, but also the limitations of the program in order to avoid data accuracy, “explained the PhD graduate from Cambridge University.
The workshop was held in Room Kahuripan 301, 3rd floor, UNAIR Management Office, Campus C, from Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to Thursday, January 9, 2020.
Author: Pradnya Wicaksana
Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia