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Information Technologies for Business Intelligence (IT4BI)

The Erasmus Mundus 2-year Master's Programme in Information Technologies for Business Intelligence (IT4BI) delivered jointly by Universities in Belgium, France, Spain and Germany.
Overview
Dates

There are two application periods. Students applying for a scholarship must apply between September 12th, 2014 and December 14th, 2014. Those applying as self funded students must apply between the 1st week of March 2015 and April 30th, 2015 or June 30th, 2015 depending on the nationality.

Students applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship: December 14th, 2014.
Students not applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship:
Non European students: April 30th, 2015
European students: June 30th, 2015

Start of the academic year - September 2015

Duration

2 years programme

Location

Tours, Brussels, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris

Price

Non-European (non-EU) students: €8000 / year;
European (EU) students: €4000 / year.
These fees include national enrolment fees and the insurance cost.

Type

Master of Science Programme

Background & Objectives

Since its inception 20 years ago, Business Intelligence (BI) has become a huge industrial domain and a major economic driver, however overlooked by academics. It encompasses many scientific and technological fields including data warehouses, data mining, content analytics, business process management, visual analytics, and requires competences in information systems, web science, decision science, software engineering, and innovation and entrepreneurship. The Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme in Information Technologies for Business Intelligence (IT4BI) is designed to provide understanding, knowledge and skills in this broad scope of fields. Its main objective is to train computer scientists who understand and help develop the strategies of modern enterprise decision makers.

Presentation & Structure

The programme favours the integration of students into a network of specialists and researchers in BI. The curriculum is jointly delivered by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, Université François Rabelais Tours (UFRT) in France, Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP) in France, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain, and Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) in Germany. Scholars from academic partners around the world and partners from leading industries in BI, private R&D companies, service companies, public research institutes, and public authorities will contribute to the programme by training students, providing computers, software, course material, job placement or internship perspectives, as well as financial support. This consortium will prepare the graduates not only to answer today’s professional challenges by a strong connection with the needs coming from the industry, but also to pursue their studies into doctorate programs, through strong connections with the researchers’ and innovators’ views.

IT4BI is a 2-year (4 semesters, 120 ECTS) programme. The first year is devoted to fundamentals: the first semester at ULB, the second one at UFRT. Then, all students participate to the European Business Intelligence Summer School. In the third semester, the programme offers three specialisations at ECP, UPC and TUB and students move to the partner of the chosen specialisation. The fourth semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis and can be realised at either as a placement in industry, or as an internship in a research laboratory in any full or associated partner. Eventually, all students will be gathered in the workshop “Business Intelligence: Innovation Meets Research”. The tuition language is English. The program targets students with a Bachelor of Science (or a level equivalent to 180 ETCS) with major in Computer Science, as well as an English proficiency corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be awarded with a multiple degree, the national master’s degrees from ULB, UFRT and the university of the specialisation.

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