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The second half of the last century was characterised by a shift from manufacturing to services, particularly in mature economies. This transformation has accelerated in the past decade, due to rapid progress in information technology. Excellence in the so-called STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is crucial if countries are to remain competitive. Mathematics as a universally applicable method is of special significance, as is IT, which impacts on virtually all industries and can dramatically change economies. Literacy in mathematics and computers, therefore, is more important than ever for individuals, companies and countries. We propose a framework based on R to support the training of students in these crucial areas. We discuss its features, including platform neutrality, costs and specialization flexibility in our paper.


School of Arts

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