The Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), a pioneer in British higher education in Sri Lanka and a premier IT and Business campus, held its first-ever annual Convocation of the Robert Gordon University, UK (RGU) recently.
Degrees were conferred on students who had successfully completed the Master of Science Big Data Analytics degree,of RGU.
Prof. Kay Cooper and Prof. Nirmalie Wiratunga of RGU, IIT staff and family members of the graduates were also present.
Following the presentation of degrees, the ‘Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe Gold Medal’ for outstanding performance was presented to Mohomed Shafeek Muhammed Shariq.
The Convocation also included a forum titled ‘Big Data Forum for Data Enthusiasts’ where students and other participants were presented with the opportunity to interact with leading experts in the field of Big Data Analytics.
The experts included Prof. Nirmalie Wiratunga from the School of Computing Science and Digital Media at Robert Gordon University, Dr. Ruwan Weerasinghe from the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) and Head of Analytics of Nations Trust Bank, Dr. Dilshan Silva.
Director of IIT, Prof. Jayantha Wijeyaratne said, “Our collaboration with the Robert Gordon University commenced in 2016 with the offering of two MSc degree programs the MSc in Big Data Analytics and MSc in Business Analytics. IIT thrives in producing graduates in trending technologies which are in high demand”.
“The visionary thinking of IIT resulted in offering the first postgraduate program in Big Data Analytics in Sri Lanka. Today, Big Data platform and processing has been identified as one of the top five trending technologies”.
“Hence, the graduates in this field will be in high demand and they would be able to play a leading role in the organisations involved in big data processing,” he said.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University (RGU), Prof. John Harper said, “The convocation marks a very important stage in the ongoing partnership between RGU and IIT, which began back in 2016 with the validation of the MSc course. Both institutions share a strong industry focus and top rankings in employability and since the course began we have made further strides to strengthen our relationship in both an academic and research capacity”.
“RGU is a progressive university and we take great pride in seeing our graduates move on to successful careers. We are committed to engaging with industry and professions to ensure that our programs are up to date, relevant and tailored to the needs of the current and future employment markets,” he added.
The MSc Big Data Analytics is a specialist Master’s degree course designed for practising industry professionals such as Software Engineers and Business Analysts who have a Honours degree in Information Technology, Computing or related areas.The courses equips students with significant computing knowledge, with a focus on modern big data analysis and visualisation methods, text analytics and big data specific programming skills coupled with NoSQL data stores.
It provides the technical skills and research training necessary to develop sophisticated data analysis and retrieval systems applied to Big Data Analytics. The modules of the two-year, part-time course include Advance Databases, Big Data Programming, Cloud Computing, Data Analysis, Data Mining, Data Warehousing, Research Methods, Text Analytics and a MSc Project, an IIT spokesman said.