250 Big Data & 60 Robotics Departments – China’s National Policy of Rapid Expansion due to Increased Demand
The Ministry of Education of China (equivalent to Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan) announced the number of requests approved for extensions in university departments (four-year-system) in 2017. There were 2,105 additional cases and 2016 newly added projects, and a total of 2311 departments approved in the nationwide. The most prominent finding was the approval of 250 departments of “Big Data and Big Data Technology” and 60 departments of “Robotics”.
Abruptly expanding “Big Data department”
The Ministry of Education in China has approved the new addition of 250 “Big Data and Big Data Technology” departments nationwide in 19 Universities under the Education Department, including “Renmin University of China”, “Beijing Normal University” and “Xiamen University”.
The Big Data department was established in Beijing University, University of International Business and Economics, Central South University in 2015. It then expanded to 32 universities in 2016 and increased to 250 universities, was eight times that in 2017.
The Big Data department also has adequate national support thus it’s highly popular with students. The state council issued a notice on the “Criteria for the Big Data Development Promotion Behavior” and encouraged the establishment of related departments to train big data specialists like Engineers. This action anticipates the shortage of human resources in Big Data Business.
When 2017 comes, the new department will show its power to arrange and develop the Big Data Business industry in each region, solve and develop the shortage and training of human resources.
For instance, the Hebei province opened a department related to Big Data departments in 13 universities. One of them, the “Hebei University of Economics and Business, Data Science And data technology major”, starts intake of students this year.
The Hebei province has five “Big Data Project Area” in its province. In addition, Big Data companies are planning to accumulate big data companies of 100 billion Yuan class under construction area called “Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei National level Big Data Test Area”. Human resources recruitment would be high.
Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, prestigious local, has also opened a Big Data department in Chongqing city. Next, it aims to establish an Artificial Intelligence Institute collaborating Industry and academy under Chongqing city government support. It is to achieve the goal of building a Big Data business base with international influence. Fierce competitions occur in rural areas.
Robotics department is also an enthusiasm
Similarly, the Ministry of Education has approved 60 newly built or added “Robotics department” nationwide. In 2015, the Robotics department was established at Southeast University in Nanjing City, Jiangsu province. It is also directly under the Ministry of Education. The Robotics department expanded to 24 universities in 2016, and reached to 60 of in 2017.
This is no doubt that its treatment causes the popularity. According to the report of Economic website, monthly income of experienced resources in robot business reaches 8,000 Yuan (134,000Yen) to 25,000 Yuan (417,000Yen).
What kind of talents are lacking in the robot industry? Economic Observation Report points out 4 issues.
- Programming related personnel
- Platform developers who combine advanced technologies such as Iris to speech recognition to online
- Big data analyzers
- Skilled resources of Artificial Intelligence hardware
In other words, there is shortage of resources in almost all scenes.
Making the best of Socialism
Is there university autonomy in universities reporting directly to the Chinese Ministry of Education? In China’s universities, it is commonplace for national leadership and concentration to transcend such prestige. Therefore, the deployment transition is swift. In Japan, no one knows how long it will take to open a new department. With the current Ministry of MEXT seeming to be stuck in organization defense, the nation becomes a burden of innovation.
Universities and companies of China; should take criticism in the point of Democracy. However, the rapid decision making, selection and integration are likely to be the strengths than those. Big Data and Robotics department opened to compete will have some results soon. Japan has no time to lose.