What is it about?

The editorial in the December issue of the Journal discusses the “Present and Future of the European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS)”, a label awarded by the European Statistical System Committee to 34 accredited Master programmes offered by universities in 18 European countries that, in line with the EMOS learning outcomes, train students on the system of official statistics, production models, statistical methods, and dissemination.

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Why is it important?

By training postgraduate students on the system of official statistics, production models, statistical methods, and dissemination, the EMOS programme plays a crucial role in meeting the recruitment needs of national and international statistical institutions .


The editorial reports on the first outcomes of the 9th EMOS workshop, organized last October by Eurostat, the Prague University of Economics and Business, and the Czech Statistical Office to discuss the achievements and challenges of EMOS to date and explore ideas for its future development. The need to adapt the learning outcomes of the EMOS curriculum to the new data ecosystem and the new roles of statistical offices by incorporating, for example, data science and computing skills, is essential to enhance the appeal to potential students and ensure them stronger employability prospects. At the same time, the suggestion to forge stronger ties not only with European national statistical institutes but also with entities such as national central banks, international organizations, research institutes, and private companies was put forward by various stakeholders in order to enhance the employment opportunities of EMOS graduates and position EMOS in a supporting role of international capacity development programmes.

Pietro Gennari
International Statistical Institute

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This page is a summary of: Editorial, Statistical Journal of the IAOS, December 2023, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/sji-230114.
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