Key SAS® Role in Major STEM Initiative

  • SAS will partner with LifeJourney™ plus Government and Academia to promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • And mentor aspiring Data Scientists for employment in Australia’s knowledge-based future

SAS – the leader in analytics – will take a unique, continuing and cross-industry leadership role in ‘Australia’s Day of STEM’, an important initiative by LifeJourney Australia.

SAS is one of the major organisations committed to working long-term with Australian educational institutions and Government agencies, to encourage young people into fulfilling careers in science, technology, engineering and math – STEM – and help them get started.

Specifically, SAS will open the doors of its business to introduce students to the important role of Data Scientist.

SAS Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, David Bowie, said, “We are strongly supportive of this initiative. While STEM skills will be increasingly important for the competitiveness of the Australian economy, we are underperforming when compared with STEM-strong countries. At the same time, demand from our customers for analytical skills keeps growing and we need to find new ways to cultivate a pipeline of STEM graduates. It’s an issue that calls for urgent attention and LifeJourney’s initiative is timely.”

The Data Scientist mentor

Of the two mentors SAS is making available for LifeJourney’s initiative, one is Executive Director and Chief Analytics Officer, Evan Stubbs who sees his starting point as, “Helping students open the door to their future. Showing them, for example, that science and math are not just the abstract dry subjects of their schooldays, and giving them life.”

He aims to inspire students to the ways STEM skills are applied in the real world and how acquiring one or more of them will lead to a rewarding career in any field they choose. “But it takes time, so it’s important to start them young, as we propose.”

Stubbs adds, “The success of this initiative is also vital for Australia’s future. We must ramp up a more diversified economy by developing knowledge-based products for the future. We can no longer rely on industries we have traditionally been strong in if we don’t want to be left behind. I see our mentoring process as contributing to a self-perpetuating environment in which Australia becomes STEM-rich, and which encourages our young people to apply these skills and build a culture of innovation in Australia.”

SAS Australia has a long history of support for Australian learning institutions which recognise the need to develop new generations of Data Scientists to help drive productivity, growth and prosperity. They include Melbourne Business School, La Trobe University, University of South Australia, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, University of Sydney Business School, University of New South Wales and others. Worldwide, SAS Curriculum Pathways® learning environments have long helped many thousands of students, worldwide, to reach their scholastic goals in a wide range of disciplines.

About SAS

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Editorial contacts:

  • SAS Australia and New Zealand

    Amar Vohra
    Director, Corporate Communications
    Tel: +61 2 9428 0592

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