CADS + Coursera collaborates to launch data science courses.

News & Events Dec 15, 2017

Kuala Lumpur, 15 December 2017 – Big data is on an upward trend throughout the world and companies are constantly on the lookout to find the right talent with the right skill sets in order to succeed in the changing marketplace. On the home front, the Malaysian government, positioned as a data driven nation, aims to create 20,000 data professionals by 2020.

The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS), is ASEAN’s first data science platform in the ASEAN region to empower the next generation of Data Professionals. In line with this objective, CADS is collaborating with Coursera, the largest ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) platform in the world to offer a host of data science courses to Malaysians.

Through this collaboration, working professionals and university students will now be able to pursue their dream career in the field of data science. They can complete the one-year online education programme by taking advantage of the 11 online courses of international standards, offered by premier global institutions. Students will also have access to CADS Learning Hubs coupled with weekly personalized tutoring session with highly trained and experienced Data Scientists.

A Memorandum of Understanding was exchanged between Mr. Cheam Tat Inn, Managing Director at CADS and Mr. Matthew Klein, Manager of International Government Partnerships at Coursera. Ms. Sharala Axryd, Chief Executive Officer, ADAX and Dr. Karl Ng Hou, Director, Data Economy Division of MDEC was also present at the event.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Cheam Tat Inn, Managing Director of CADS said, “We are delighted to partner with Coursera, as we believe this collaboration will enable us to nurture and empower a new generation of data scientists who will have access to the world’s best online education.

“This signifies our commitment in having a highly skilled pool of data scientists who are exposed to courses from international universities. Among the reputable institutions are John Hopkins University, Wharton University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, and University of California, San Diego,” added Mr. Cheam.

The online international education is an important platform that enables Malaysians to pursue their education without having any restrictions and problems. The collaboration between CADS and Coursera offers extensive learning in data science and related topics, further allowing individuals to have internationally recognized accreditation without having to leave Malaysia. All this can be achieved as Coursera complements a broader learning experience by bringing the campus to individuals and their workplace.

Matthew Klein, Manager International Government Partnerships of Coursera added, “We are extremely pleased to be working with CADS to create an opportunity to make high-quality, cost-effective data science learning accessible in Malaysia. The CADS partnership is really unique in its blended learning offering to participants, allowing them the benefit of our wide range of cutting-edge courses on data analytics from top-tier University and industry partners, as well as utilizing personalized mentors to create a really innovative effort that will generate a critical talent pool for data scientists in Malaysia.”

“A MOOC platform like Coursera will prove to be a valuable tool in an individual’s arsenal. Organizations have placed more importance on reskilling and upskilling as they demand proficiency in new technologies. Utilizing online courses can lead to fulfilling careers through expanded learning for university students, career progression for working individuals and a sustainable workforce for employers,” said Sharala Axryd, CEO of ADAX.

The course will begin in February 2018 and be priced at RM4,999 for working professionals and RM3,599 for students. The fee covers examination and quizzes; lab access, and the guidance of a data scientist an hour per week throughout the whole learning process.

Online registration commences on 15th December 2017 with a special discount of 10% offered to individuals who register before 31st December, 2017. Pursue your career in Data Science and enjoy your savings today!


About The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS)

Established in October 2015, The Center of Applied Data Science was set up to respond to the critical need for real world qualified data scientists and data professionals in the face of digital disruption. Its aim is to nurture a new generation of Data Professionals who can meet and exceed the needs of today’s data disrupted world through an accelerated and rigorous program of best-of-class mentorship that will solve real business challenges within organisations, as well as real-world situations outside. The Center of Applied Data Science partnered with The Data Incubator, New York, US to bring ASEAN’s first Data Science accelerator program to transform the brightest science and engineering talents in South East Asia into qualified, top-notch quality data scientists. Further information about The Center of Applied Data Science is available at

This Press Release was published on the following sites;

  1. Berita Harian – CADS, Coursera bantu lahir bakat baharu sains data
  2. eNanyang – CADS与Coursera合作推出在线课程栽培数据专才
  3. Sin Chew – 【教育导航】CADS和Coursera合作推出国际在线课程
  4. New Straits Time – Learning data science online
  5. The Sunday Mail – The hugeness of big data



Max is the official mascot for CADS or the Center of Applied Data Science.