You Can Now Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Data Center Engineering
Ever dreamed of going to school for data center engineering? If you apply by August 31st, 2017, you could be one of the world’s first students to join such a Bachelor’s program. Offered by the Institute of Technology in Sligo, Ireland, this two-year university degree is the first of its kind. It was created to help data centers find talented candidates, who are fresh out of school but already armed with the necessary skills and on-the-job training. The Institute of Technology says they created the program after eighteen months of consultations with world-class companies, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Chances are, this B.Eng degree should come in handy to those lucky participants. Online Courses… in Belgium
When Ireland’s Institute of Technology says they offer online course for their B.Eng program, the reality is slightly less convenient. While the classes are online, students have to attend lab sessions at Haute École Louvain en Hainaut (HELHa) in Mons, Belgium. Every part of the program, however, is offered in English. While attaining this degree is definitely more feasible for European residents, the program is open to anyone. Fees for all four semesters total in at € 7,000, or $8,000, and there’s no mention of additional charges for non-EU members.
The Perks of Earning This B.Eng
To be fair, there’s already a similar program available at Southern Methodist University’s Lyle School of Engineering. This Dallas college does offer a Master’s degree in data center engineering, but participants need to already have an engineering degree. Hence, being able to specialize in data center technology at the undergraduate level is a huge advantage. Down the road, it’ll become clear whether the Institute of Technology’s B.Eng program was successful in creating better candidates for entry-level positions. But the fact that such a degree now exists offers hope that other universities and colleges will soon follow suit.
Today’s leading technology companies rely heavily on having outstanding, well-run data centers. It’s due time that the world recognizes the necessity of fostering and cultivating gifted individuals, who wish to pursue careers in data engineering. As our reliance on data grows and expands, we’ll need an international team to continue carrying that torch forward.
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