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IDA dangles $500 bonus for 350 attending online course

Published on Aug 10, 2014 6:40 AM
Analytics practicum manager Koo Ping Shung (far right) of Singapore Management University speaking with Singapore students enrolled in the online data sciences course that will be conducted by Johns Hopkins University. -- PHOTO: IDA

A training scheme with a difference started last Wednesday when 350 Singaporeans embarked on a year-long online course to learn about data science.

They are among tens of thousands of working professionals worldwide who have also signed up for it on Coursera, the American specialist offering online courses with unlimited participation.

The 10-module course organised by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) was oversubscribed. Initially, it had offered 200 places, but since 350 people applied, all were accepted. Each module will take about four weeks to complete.

The students received an 80 per cent subsidy on the US$490 (S$613) fee. They will get a $500 bonus from IDA if they complete the course by next August and attend 12 meet-up sessions with other students and experts.

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