NJIT cuts ribbon on Jersey City location, with 35 students and plans for many more

New Jersey Institute of Technology has cut the ribbon on its NJIT@JerseyCity location, officially welcoming 35 data science students to the site, with a goal of doubling the number for the spring semester and reaching 500 students in three years’ time.

The Newark-based college said in a news release that students in the Ying Wu College of Computing can earn a master’s in data science or graduate certificates in Big Data and data mining at the site, with a graduate certificate in data visualization program and noncredit data science accelerator programs planned for spring. Graduate programs in cybersecurity are in the works, NJIT said.

Dean Craig Gotsman said most students are professionals in the finance and tech industries who work in Jersey City or New York City. All of the current students attend part-time, but the site will have options for full-time students in time.

“I can almost promise that this site will bloom, it will flourish, and it would grow exponentially,” he said in a prepared statement. “We’re absolutely at the right place at the right time.”

NJIT@JerseyCity is located at 101 Hudson St., near the Exchange Place PATH station. It was first announced in May.

“You can’t talk about computer science today and not realize how rapidly it is moving,” NJIT President Joel Bloom said in a statement. “Campuses are going to continue to change and decentralize.”

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