Last month, SAS launched our new no-cost software for higher education teaching, learning and research – SAS® University Edition. Available to students, professors, academic researchers and lifelong learners, SAS University Edition provides local access to BASE SAS®, SAS/STAT® software, SAS® Studio, SAS/IML® software and SAS/ACCESS® Interface to PC Files.
SAS University Edition is a part of the broader SAS Analytics U initiative launched by SAS earlier this year to support the next generation of analytics leaders.
Why SAS Analytics U? And why now?
Numerous studies and statistics point to the fact that in just a few short years the need for people with analytics skills could significantly outpace supply. In fact, a McKinsey Global Institute study projects that by 2018 the U.S. alone may face a 50-60 percent gap between supply and demand for talent with advanced analytics training.
Addressing this skills gap head-on, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight announced a new comprehensive academic initiative, SAS Analytics U, during SAS® Global Forum in March. This broad higher education initiatives includes free SAS software, university partnerships and engaging user communities to support the next generation of SAS users.
SAS Analytics U also allows users to tap into a wide array of teaching, learning and research resources, and stay connected to SAS. The community fosters interaction with fellow SAS analytics users and provides access to data sets, whitepapers and getting started videos.
How do I participate?
Haven’t downloaded SAS University Edition yet? What are you waiting for?! Learn more and download the software now.
Following your download, head over to the SAS Analytics U community for more resources and to connect with fellow SAS analytics users. You can also stay up to date with future SAS Analytics U happenings via our Facebook page, LinkedIn group and on Twitter using #SASAnalyticsU.
We look forward to connecting you with more software options, resources and support in the future!