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Background & Objectives

Since its inception 20 years ago, Business Intelligence (BI) has become a huge industrial domain and a major economic driver, however overlooked by academics. It encompasses many scientific and technological fields including data warehouses, data mining, content analytics, business process management, visual analytics, and requires competences in information systems, web science, decision science, software engineering, and innovation and entrepreneurship. The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degre Programme in Information Technologies for Business Intelligence (IT4BI) is designed to provide understanding, knowledge and skills in this broad scope of fields. Its main objective is to train computer scientists who understand and help develop the strategies of modern enterprise decision makers.

Presentation & Structure

The programme favours the integration of students into a network of specialists and researchers in BI. The curriculum is jointly delivered by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, Université François Rabelais Tours (UFRT) in France, Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP) in France, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain, and Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) in Germany. Scholars from academic partners around the world and partners from leading industries in BI, private R&D companies, service companies, public research institutes, and public authorities will contribute to the programme by training students, providing computers, software, course material, job placement or internship perspectives, as well as financial support.

 

This consortium will prepare the graduates not only to answer today s professional challenges by a strong connection with the needs coming from the industry, but also to pursue their studies into doctorate programs, through strong connections with the researchers and innovators views.

 

IT4BI is a 2-year (4 semesters, 120 ECTS) programme. The first year is devoted to fundamentals: the first semester at ULB, the second one at UFRT. Then, all students participate to the European Business Intelligence Summer School. In the third semester, the programme offers three specialisations at ECP, UPC and TUB and students move to the partner of the chosen specialisation. The fourth semester is dedicated to the master's thesis and can be realised either as a placement in industry, or as an internship in a research laboratory in any full or associated partner. Eventually, all students will be gathered in the final event “Business Intelligence: Innovation Meets Research”.

 

The tuition language is English. The programme targets students with a Bachelor of Science (or a level equivalent to 180 ETCS) with major in Computer Science, as well as an English proficiency corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be awarded with a multiple degree, the national master's degrees from ULB, UFRT and the university of the specialisation.

 


News

  • What’s new for IT4BI 

    The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree IT4BI has successfully welcomed four generations of students since its opening in September 2012. On September 2016, IT4BI will graduate its third generation and welcome its fifth one. IT4BI is funded for five editions … Continue reading

  • Applications for self-funded students are now open! 

    Students applying as self-funded (fee-paying) candidates can submit their applications until April 30th, 2016 or June 30th, 2016 depending on the nationality. More information on the admission page.  

  • IT4BI Ambassadors page is now available 

    Thanks to our Ambassador’s programme, all students interested in the IT4BI programm can now get a first-hand account of the IT4BI experience from a former or current IT4BI student. To contact the IT4BI Ambassador of your choice, please refer the … Continue reading

  • Sixth European Business Intelligence & Big Data Summer School (eBISS 2016) 

    We’re pleased to announce that the Sixth European Business Intelligence & Big Data Summer School will take place in Tours from July, 3td toJuly, 8th in Tours, France. This summer school, presented by leading researchers in the field, represents an … Continue reading

  • Student winning prize 

    Congratulation to our 2nd generation of IT4BI student who won this year the “Prix Special du Jury” during the “Boost your Code 2015” competition (link in French). The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) awarded him … Continue reading

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