MSc in Computing at the National College of Ireland
Interested in Data Analytics or simply struggling to decide on the big three – course, country and college? Sujay Viswanathapalli is studying MSc in Data Analytics at the National College of Ireland, and in this blog he tells us all about his journey to the perfect Master’s in Ireland…
What course should I choose?
I discovered my passion for information technology during my 2nd year of my Bachelors of Technology in Electronics and Communications. I knew I wanted to do my Master’s in a course which could help me build a good career in the IT field and I began my search for the right computing course for me. It was during this research I discovered Data Analytics and I was intrigued!
Data Analytics also known as ‘Big Data Analytics’, deals with data that is often described as the cream of the present day technology sector. This paticular field is hot property according to some of the world’s leading tech brains…
“By 2017 Big data market will top up to $50 Billion market.” Jeff Kelly (M.D. of SiliconAngle)
“Data is the oil of 21st century and analytics is the combustion engine.” Peter Sondergaard (Vice President, Gartner Research)
“Data Analyst, is the sexiest job of the century.” Hal Varian, Google.
Within the business side of the Data Analytics course there are subjects like ‘CRM Management’ and ‘Managing the Organisation’ that deal with management topics, and the tech stream of the course deals mainly with the following modules:
What country should I study in?
I was hooked on the idea of Data Analytics and I started looking for the perfect study abroad destination for me. I began my research in countries that had good IT sectors and offered an equal balance of opportunities. I decided on Ireland due to following factors:
- Ireland is often called the ‘Information Technology Hub’ for Europe.
- Multi-national companies like Google have their European headquarters in Ireland.
- Amazon have eight global database centres and one of those is in Ireland.
- Ireland has one of the top education systems in the world.
- It is known as the land of opportunities.
- It is an English speaking country in the EU.
I had the opportunity to talk to many senior students from my country who did, or were currently undertaking a Master’s in Ireland. I found out about NCI and I consider myself very fortunate to be admitted to my dream course here.
The National College of Ireland is one of very few colleges that offers the latest in advanced computing courses including Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Web Development. It is located in the heart of Dublin and also features the ‘Cloud Competency Centre’ for Computing students – a wealth of resources to help students in becoming globally competitive and successful.
NCI has fantastic student facilities and offers so much support in the form of the International Office, Careers Department, Student Services Department, Academic (Teaching) Department and much more. Staff from all of these departments are available to students during college hours and as well as through email.
NCI had been ranked number one by The Sunday Times for graduate employment in 2013, showing the efficiency of the Careers Department and the strong industry links the college has.
The teaching standards of the college are very high and equal preference is given to theoretical study as well as practical teaching. This approach is really useful for students and is strengthened by experienced staff who are available all the time during college hours and are just an email away for any out of hours concerns!
I have enjoyed a great student life at NCI. The events conducted by the International Friendship Society and the Students Union are marvellous and have made my time here so far truly memorable. There are numerous clubs and societies in which students can actively engage and participate in.
When I began my search for my perfect course, country and college I had ‘a knife that needed to be sharpened’ and ‘a fruit hanging from the very top of a tree’. In NCI, I found a place that has taught me the techniques of getting the fruit from the place I am standing avoiding unnecessary stress of getting to the top of the tree! In short, I couldn’t recommend NCI highly enough for students who are aspiring to become industry leaders.