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NCSU, SAS To Develop Graduate Program For Data Analytics

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RALEIGH, N.C. — SAS and North Carolina State University are teaming up to develop a graduate degree program in data analytics.

The program would be part of an Institute for Advanced Analytics at NCSU's Centennial Campus.

"The Analytics Initiative brings together a large multidisciplinary group of NC State's most talented faculty and staff to work in collaboration with a company that is among the world's leaders in analytics software," said NCSU Chancellor James Oblinger. "Together we will create an educational program that is unparalleled in addressing the data analytics needs of the 21st century workforce."

Oblinger and Jim Goodnight, who launched SAS 30 years ago, have been exploring ways for the university and the software giant to work together.

"Competing on analytics in corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions is becoming a must," said Goodnight. "And our customers are making it clear: they need more talent capable of leveraging world-class business intelligence systems. The NC State University Institute for Advanced Analytics will help meet this need with high-quality, domain-specific, analytics education. It's the right program, at the right time, with the right leadership at the helm."

Pending approval by NCSU and the University of North Carolina System, the program would launch in 2007.

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