Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne and analytics company SAS have announced a five-year extension of the relationship they entered into in 2015.

The original agreement between the two parties was in support of world class research related to advanced analytics for business; to establish a Master of Business Analytics degree program; and the founding of the Centre for Business Analytics.

The School’s Master of Business Analytics program is supported by SAS technology and the new five-year extension of the partnership will see the introduction of SAS Viya as the new learning platform.

Cloud-optimised SAS Viya will provide students with the latest in machine learning, artificial intelligence, forecasting and text analytics – as increasingly used by leading Australian and overseas organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Acknowledging the five-year extension of the relationship with SAS and thanking the company for its continuing support, Professor Ujwal Kayande – director of Melbourne Business School’s Centre for Business Analytics – stressed the need for Australia to rapidly increase its population of fully qualified data scientists.

“Australia faces a severe shortage of analytics skills, in particular candidates who are able to translate their technical skills into business solutions. Our program is focused on doing exactly that, and the use of the premium SAS technology helps us achieve that goal,” he said.

“We are grateful for the support provided to the Centre for Business Analytics, including the sponsorship of the flagship Melbourne Analytics Conference, which will be held on September 3rd at the Melbourne Convention Centre.”

David Bowie – VP of SAS Australia and New Zealand – said, this formal association with Melbourne Business School’s Centre for Business Analytics has been rewarding for the company.

“Australia’s economic wellbeing is highly reliant on a workforce with the skills the Centre teaches and SAS is privileged to be able to contribute.”

SAS will continue to provide Melbourne Business School with curriculum consulting support, and graduates of the Masters’ program will also receive accreditation as a SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional.

This globally recognised SAS certification identifies professional who are both skilled data analysts and have a fully rounded focus on analytics for problem solving and decision making.

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