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Applications Now Open for 15,000 Udacity Scholarships Funded by Bertelsmann

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Udacity, the global lifelong learning platform, together with Bertelsmann, a media, services and education company, announced that applications are now open for 15,000 scholarships in Data, AI, and Cloud-Computing. As Udacity and Bertelsmann shared earlier this year, the new scholarship program is part of a three-year commitment by Bertelsmann to fund 50,000 scholarships. Both companies have partnered to increase learning opportunities in emerging technologies for students across the globe.

“There simply aren’t enough people who are equipped with Cloud, Data, and Artificial Intelligence skills,” said Gabriel Dalporto, CEO of Udacity. “That’s why Bertelsmann and Udacity share a commitment to train new talent and diversify the talent pool in these three exciting fields. I’m confident that the Bertelsmann Scholarship Program will empower learners to master new skills and land some of the most exciting and in-demand jobs available today!”

As the world becomes increasingly digital, every job is becoming a technology job. And while the industry demand for technical skills and proficiency is high, the supply is low. Udacity and Bertelsmann have partnered to bridge this gap, providing people the necessary digital skills of the future to successfully advance in their careers and shape the future.

“Bertelsmann has set itself the goal of becoming the most technologically advanced media, services, and education company,” said Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann. “We are particularly looking at opportunities in the fields of Cloud, Data, and Artificial Intelligence. We consider it our responsibility to empower as many people as possible to be successful in the digital world, and to support policymakers in this. The continuing-education initiatives that we carried out in cooperation with Udacity and Google in the past met with great interest – which is why we are awarding more scholarships than ever before over the next three years: around 50,000.”

The scholarships will focus on three subject areas:

  • Cloud Engineering: Learn cloud computing fundamentals and the basics of the command line interface of a Linux server. Get hands-on experience deploying infrastructure using code, and an introduction to version control with Git & GitHub. Explore tools and services offered by Amazon Web Services through interactive hands-on exercises.
  • Data Science: Get introduced to descriptive statistics and learn the basics of SQL, programming with Python, and data wrangling.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Learn the basics of deep learning, learn about the different types of neural networks, such as convolutional neural networks and recurrent neural networks, and build your own deep neural networks using PyTorch, an open-source machine learning library for Python.

The initial stage of the Bertelsmann Technology Scholarship Program is structured in two phases. First, 15,000 scholarship recipients will participate in Challenge Courses focused on either Data, AI, or Cloud that will run from November to March 2020. The top 1,600 performers from the initial phase will then receive full Nanodegree scholarships beginning in March 2020.

This newly announced scholarship program is aimed equally at people with or without programming or IT experience. To sign up for or learn more about the Bertelsmann Technology scholarship program, click here.

About Udacity

Udacity is a global, online, lifelong learning platform connecting education to jobs and providing students with skills to advance careers. Udacity Nanodegree programs provide credentials earned through a series of online courses and projects in an array of subjects from self-driving cars and AI to data science and digital marketing. Udacity collaborates with more than 200 global industry partners, including AT&T, Google, Facebook, Lyft, and IBM, to close talent gaps. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., the privately-funded company has operations in China, Egypt, Germany, India and the United Arab Emirates. Its investors include Bertelsmann, Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures and Drive Capital. For more information, please visit