SAP boosts data science among ASEAN students

The ASEAN Foundation and SAP launched the ASEAN Data Science Explorers (DSE) competition, to encourage ASEAN youths in all 10 ASEAN member states to harness the power of data, highlighting the key issues in ASEAN and derive meaningful insights that lead to innovative solutions.

ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The competition is targeted at tertiary students of any major, including political science, from tertiary insitutions in ASEAN.

To mark the historical milestone of the ASEAN turning 50, the ASEAN Foundation is working with strategic partners to establish several new initiatives centered around building a sense of ASEAN identity.

The first of such initiatives is the ASEAN DSE. Carrying the theme “Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World,” this competition will allow all ASEAN youths to play a key role in tackling today’s social issues facing the region and help create positive change for a better future.

By using the SAP BusinessObjects Cloud tool, the initiative encourages participants to deliver data-driven insights which highlight issues in ASEAN across six United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, namely (1) good health and well-being; (2) quality education; (3) gender equality; (4) clean water and sanitation; (5) decent work and economic growth; and (6) sustainable cities and communities.

This will also work towards realising the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 vision of creating an ASEAN community that engages and benefits the people, and is inclusive, sustainable, resilient and dynamic.

The competition will be organized in all 10 ASEAN Member States in October, with winners of the respective in-country competitions going into a regional final that will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia in November this year.