Eindhoven University of Technology: JADS concludes lustrum year with Community Event

With an open, vibrant community event on 14 June the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) will celebrate its five-year anniversary. JADS was founded in 2016 by TU/e, Tilburg University, the municipality of Den Bosch and the Province of North Brabant to educate talent in the field of data science. Five years on the Academy can be called a great success, with hundreds of alumni from 34 countries, including 17 PhD’s, 27 start-ups founded and over 400 cooperation partners.

At the time of its launch by Queen Máxima, JADS was a unique innovation experiment that was strongly rooted in the vision that society has a growing need for academically skilled professionals in the rapidly developing field of data Science.

This vision still holds true. Since its early beginning, JADS has been living up to its promise to deliver highly educated professionals and build bridges between technology and business. During its five years of existence JADS has become a well-established and recognized player in this growing field of societal and industrial innovation.

Making data science glow
Jos van Hillegersberg, since March this year the new academic director of JADS: “When I first heard about JADS, I was impressed with the mission to make data science accessible for society and for all types of enterprises. I thought it was a unique institute and kept following JADS ever since. With all its different aspects, data science is a really interdisciplinary field. JADS has all the knowledge that is needed to make data science glow, grow and make an impact. There is so much data and it’s so hard to find the truth. Moreover, data enables entirely new business models, increasingly focusing on social and sustainable business. What we are doing here at JADS, is what the world needs.”

Robert-Jan Smits, president of the executive board of TU/e: “We are proud of the development and success of JADS, which we co-founded in 2016. Not only does the institute supply the data scientists our society strongly needs, JADS also realized a vast range of cooperation partners, which it helps to improve their core processes and to start new businesses. Congratulations to everyone at JADS with the lustrum and with the impressive accomplishments.”

Lustrum stories
To celebrate the lustrum, a website has been launched, containing the highlights and personal stories from the history of JADS. Here you can read how TU/e researcher Martijn Willemsen used science to organize a data-driven Night at the JADS Opera, learn how master program director Ksenia Podoynitsyna uses Challenge-based Learning in the master Data Science & Entrepreneurship, and hear Noëlle Cicilia, JADS Master alumna, explain why a PDEng course is a perfect opportunity to gain working experience while still learning.