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Kajsa Ollongren, alderman and deputy mayor of Amsterdam, officially opened the Amsterdam School of Data Science on Friday, 24 March. The School, which is an alliance between the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, aims to reduce the critical shortage of data scientists in the labour market.

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Kajsa Ollongren (Credits: Elodie Burrillon)

The opening took place in the Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam, after the initial location (City Hall) became too small because of the great interest from industry, government and knowledge institutes in attending this event.

Alderman Ollongren: 'In Europe, Amsterdam has a central position in the area of ​​start-ups, technology and data science. The Amsterdam School of Data Science plays an important role. The large number of talented data scientists make Amsterdam also interesting as a location for innovative companies.'

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Credits: Elodie Burrillon

Thousands of students each year

With over 250 bachelor and master programmes, tracks, and courses – spread over several applications – thousands of students are annually trained in Amsterdam in the data science domain. The new initiative aims to make high school students enthusiastic to study data science, and additionally to encourage employees to retrain themselves. This will address the critical shortage in the labour market – next year 8,000 extra data scientists are needed according to the National Think Tank.

Marc Salomon, Amsterdam School of Data Science: 'We want to show young people the available opportunities in the labour market, if they select data science education. Because of that I am glad that today, besides scientists, also relevant data scientists from the Tax Authority, Ebbinge, Ahold Delhaize and ING have a stage to show what they can provide. With this perspective, for high school students it is very clear the many options in the field of data science.'