Utrecht Data School
One of the ways in which you can add to your studies is to participate in a Utrecht Data School project, a new MA subprogramme that aims to build a bridge between education, theory, and practice.
At the Utrecht Data School (UDS), highly motivated students conduct explorative research over the course of 10 weeks on data provided by UDS clients. They experiment with different forms of analysis and visualisation techniques, and conduct qualitative analyses in order to place the data in relevant contexts for interpretation. Since its inception, the students of UDS have gained insights into the Occupy movement, Dutch politicians on Twitter, WikiLeaks, and "Project X" Haren.
How it works:
- Clients (Unicef, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, etc.) are introduced to talented students who can offer them a fresh and academic perspective on their research questions and data.
- In consultation with the companies, the UDS will discuss which research questions to pursue and what the desired results should be.
- The teams will then get to work, under close supervision, and participate in various workshops given by experts on data analysis and visualisation.
- After 10 weeks, the students present their research results to the clients at a mini-conference at Utrecht University.
Students thus acquire valuable experience and encounter organisations at which they may like to apply for an internship or job in the future. A win-win situation!