University of Haifa

THE FUTURE IS HERE

In order to respond to the growing demand for information experts, the University of Haifa has launched an international masters program in Statistics with a specialization in Big Data analysis

When I began my studies, we transferred data in kilobytes. Now were already talking about petabytes, and soon well be transferring data in a quantity equal to all the stars in the universe. Were living in an age when information is becoming one of the most important resources for any company or organization, if not the most important, insists Mooly Eden, the chairperson of the Executive Committee of the University of Haifa, and until recently Senior Vice-President in Global Intel and CEO of Intel Israel.

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As information grows, the importance of analyzing information is also expanding exponentially. Its important to know how to extract knowledge from information, how we can find what really matters to us inside mountains of irrelevant information. That skill is becoming an invaluable tool in our era, he continues.

So much information

Advanced technology enables us to secure information in unimaginable quantities. In genetic studies, for example, it is possible to reach a scope of hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of pieces of data relating to the connection between different genetic mutations and the outbreak of diseases. Sophisticated software can save all of an individuals public correspondence on Facebook. But what do we do with such data? How can we make an informed decision about where to invest resources, for example in the medical field, when there are so many genetic possibilities? What do we do with the endless quantity of words written on a Facebook page? Can they tell us anything about the individuals culinary preferences, for example?

Information undoubtedly serves as building blocks, but in order to create something useful from it, we need a Master who can turn it into structures. The new international masters program in Statistics at the University of Haifa does precisely that.

The development of technology and science over recent decades presents humanity with new challenges we could never have dreamt of before, remarks Prof. Ron Robin, President of the University of Haifa. Our vision at the University of Haifa is to be in the vanguard of innovation. This requires us to encourage interdisciplinary research and teaching. We have to understand that we may sometimes need to rock the foundation of traditional fields of knowledge and to keep our finger on the pulse for constant changes.

This is our commitment to our faculty, our students, and society at large: we wont rest on our laurels, we will constantly seek to lead changes rather than let changes lead us. This is naturally true in the growing field of Big Data, where we are planning to open a new school of data science, but it is also true in other areas in which we are a leader, such as marine research, digitized humanities, cyber and law, and so forth, explains Prof. Robin.

New program in English

The new program in data analysis integrates knowledge in statistics, mathematics and computer science, and addresses a broad range of issues for which information serves as the foundation: from economics, social networks and cell phone applications to genomics.

The course is intended for graduates with a B.A. degree in Statistics, Mathematics or Computer Science. Graduates of the program will be able to find their place in high-tech, the research industry, healthcare, e-commerce and many other fields. Classes are in English and are concentrated over three consecutive semesters in a single year.

The program is one of a series of international masters programs at the University of Haifa. Other programs include Global Green MBA (MPH), Peace and Conflict Management, National Security Studies, Global Health and Leadership, and more.

The program is conducted on a beautiful campus, situated within the Carmel Nature Reserve above the Bay of Haifa. The University of Haifa campus is a mirror of Israeli society and offers a unique experience and a direct encounter with the multiple communities within Israel.

For further details about the International Masters program in Statistics with a specialization in Big Data, and other University of Haifa international programs: overseas.haifa.ac.il, Tel. 04-8240766, Email: infoint@univ.haifa.ac.il