UMass receives a m donation to boost cybersecurity and data science programs

Springfield, Massachusetts — The University of Massachusetts Amherst’ computer science programs are receiving a $15 million donation from MassMutual, a Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.’s foundation. The funding will be released over ten years to boost the cybersecurity programs and data science, the University Friday at an event announcing the gift. This marks the largest charitable contribution the MassMutual Foundation makes for a local initiative. MassMutual Foundation’s president Nick Fyntrilakis said UMass Amherst was already considered across the United States as a national leader in both cyber security and data science, the Boston Globe reported. He noted that there currently are 9,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the state which UMass Amherst could help cover. He said the donation represented a significant opportunity to improve such status, adding that the funding would…


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