I think this is very interesting and fits in the ethos of the OpenGardens vision and in the evolution of the Web
When Larry Page took over as CEO of Google, he said – Business Telegraph Jan 21 2011
We are just at the tip of the iceberg in understanding how the Internet will change our lives in the future. Google co-founder Larry Page is to take regain full control of the internet phenomenon he created as a student in 1996. Mr Page said “If you think about the next five years of what your online life will be like, we are only just [getting] started.”
Thus, the opportunities which will open up to students expert in the Internet are very promising and the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton is offering 10 full studentships for its combined MSC and PhD courses. The Web Science DTC is part of an international network of Web Science research centres, and its 4 year PhD in Web Science will equip students to become leaders in the emerging Digital Economy and comes with opportunities to work with their wide range of industry sponsors.
Interestingly, this is not “just” computer science, the objective is to bring the best sociologists, mathematicians, lawyers, healthcare professionals etc etc. studying how the web impacts on their own discipline – a truly interdisciplinary approach.
I believe that this course could be interesting because people undertaking this type of study, are going to be a couple of steps ahead of the competition, within in their field, with this type of background under their belt.
And in the current climate of increasing tuition fees, the best thing about it – its not only free, they pay you to do it(ie its a scholarship).
You can apply now for one of the 10 scholarships. Application deadline is 31st March 2011.
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