The Statistical Training Institute (STI) of Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi has concluded the first course of Young Fellow of Statistics training program that was designed for Emirati students from the age of 15 to 18 years. The four-week program (from 27 June to 29 July) gave its participants a chance to take a virtual trip to Khalifa University where they knew about the subjects of statistics and data science.
The course provided an overview of SCAD’s key role that serves policy-making and development in Abu Dhabi. Also, it covers the roles and responsibilities of some local, regional and international statistics organisations in addition to an introduction to statistics as a science. Furthermore, the training program encouraged participants to engage in activities such as presentations on statistical projects planning, data collection, surveys versus polls comparisons, form designs, and data analysis. The participants learnt how to develop their leadership and presentation skills, and effective communication through e-learning platforms.
His Excellency Ahmed Mahmoud Fikri, Director General of Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi, said: “This training program aims to raise awareness among Emirati pre-college students about the importance of statistics and data science. It encourages them to be the future data experts that their country needs.” He added: “these fields of study are fundamental and overlaps with other disciplines and other fields, such as the artificial intelligence which would be the engine of economic and scientific revolution today and in the future.”
The Director General said: “Developing the national statistical competencies is a strategic objective of the Statistics Center – Abu Dhabi.”
Khalifa University supports the training program by organising a virtual trip to the participants to encourage them to study data science and artificial intelligence, given the increasing demand in the labour market.
Read the full press release on the SCAD website.