Welcome (Virtually) the MDS Class of 2021

Sep 11 / 2020

Earlier this month, we welcomed the latest cohorts for the MDS Vancouver, Okanagan and Computational Linguistics programs.

Students joined us from across the globe and several time zones over Zoom as they got to know each other and the MDS team.

While the COVID-19 outbreak has forced the MDS program to move temporarily online, we are still happy to welcome our fifth! MDS Vancouver cohort, the third MDS Okanagan cohort and the second MDS Computational Linguistics cohort.

Let’s get to know the MDS Class of 2021.

MDS Vancouver – Cohort 5

  • 98 new students
  • 50 domestic and 48 international students from Iran, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, China, India, France, Malaysia, Colombia, Mexico, Serbia, Turkey, the United States, Vietnam, Nigeria, and Yemen.
  • 37% identify as female.
  • Academic backgrounds include data journalism, geography, molecular biology and biochemistry, dentistry, computer science, statistics, business administration, and geophysical engineering.
  • Prior to joining the MDS program, 27 of our students have completed another advanced degree (Master’s, PhD).
  • Almost 74% of the class of 2021 completed their last degree in 2019 or earlier while 26% just graduated in 2020.

MDS Okanagan – Cohort 3 

  • 32 new students.
  • 18 domestic and 14 international students from United States, Mexico, Colombia, Oman, China, India, and Dubai.
  • 28% identify as female.
  • Academic backgrounds include aerospace engineering, food nutrition and health, computer science, mathematics, economics, management, music and physics.
  • Prior to joining the MDS program, 11 of our students have completed another advanced degree (Master’s, PhD).
  • Almost 47% of the class of 2021 completed their last degree in 2019 or earlier while 26% just graduated in 2020.

MDS Computational Linguistics – Cohort 2

  • 33 new students.
  • 10 domestic and 24 international students from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Pakistan, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, the United States and Vietnam.
  • 41% identify as female.
  • The cohort speaks 20 different languages like Chewa, Korean, Kannada, Farsi, English, Arabic, Mandarin, Farsi, Russian, Tagalog, Cantonese, Spanish, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Vietnamese.
  • Academic backgrounds include linguistics, philosophy, Korean literature, English, business admin, speech sciences, finance, and accounting.
  • Prior to joining the MDS program, 14 of our students have completed another advanced degree (Master’s, PhD).
  • Almost 64% of the class of 2021 completed their last degree in 2019 or earlier while 26% just graduated in 2020.

While we are all learning and working together virtually, this program continues to showcase the diversity of all the MDS programs.

With a new set of cohorts, it also means that our alumni network has grown some more. Our alumni are getting roles in a variety of organizations like Amazon, BC Ministry of Health, aDolus, Mastercard, Terra Sense Analytics, and Spotify,

Meet our Students & Alumni