The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT and CoLAB, an alliance of Uruguayan educational organizations, have launched a new program to build Data Science capacity in Latin America.

The Data Science program uses a blended learning approach of online courses, synchronous activities facilitated by J-WEL staff as well as on-site workshops at MIT and various locations at MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), aiming to build faculty capacity to teach data science and machine learning.  

Dr. Virginia Robano, Director of the Program in Data Science, described the intent of the program:

With the creation of CoLAB we aim to continue building solid institutions in Uruguay. Our Program in Data Science contributes to upgrading and transforming Uruguay’s productive structure by providing skills at the frontier of knowledge. We are proud to have the support of MIT J-WEL in this initiative and today’s launch represents another step to working with J-WEL, which started last June with the participation of faculty from Uruguayan universities in the Curriculum and Course Design workshop. 

J-WEL, an initiative of MIT and Community Jameel, works with organizations around the world to promote excellence and transformation in education. The Lab, which is housed in MIT Open Learning, brings together member organizations from around the world to focus on educational transformation efforts in the pK-12, higher education, and workforce learning domains.

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