Why statistics? - Aim - Target audience - Program 2016-2017 - Language
Support measures - Exam, certificate & Doctoral Schools - Related initiatives

Why statistics?

The power of data and the information therein is entering the heart of almost any section of society. We are discovering that processes can be better understood and controlled, predictions made, causal effects estimated and decisions optimized. Reliable results follow when studies have been appropriately designed, data carefully gathered and analyzed. Scientists and professionals stay ahead if they keep learning from their data. They add tremendously to their market value when data analytic skills merge their subject matter expertise.


To prepare for ‘big data’ in tomorrow’s world and to face the facts with statistical skills, the Ghent Center for Statistics joins the Institute for Continuing Education of the Faculty of Sciences (ICES) to organize their yearly series of targeted training modules.

We aim to provide insight in the basics of statistical research while developing the technical skills to come to results with statistical software. Blended learning with hands-on sessions on PC’s or laptops allows participants to gain firsthand experience in applying the knowledge.

Target audience

Our courses target professionals and the academically trained, who wish to become confident data analysts, refresh their knowledge or discover new areas of research. The program’s modular architecture facilitates flexible entry and adaptive training trajectories.

Program 2016-2017

The program has a modular architecture to facilitate flexible entry and training trajectories.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the program offers basic modules which lay a foundation of statistical knowledge and techniques. We give a basic as well as advanced course in R, the versatile freeware package that gains ground in all domains.

More specialized courses follow: 'Data Visualisation', 'Multilevel Analysis for Grouped and Longitudinal Data' and 'Nonparametric Methods', are offered as short courses. We present also two new practical courses this year: for those who need to perform 'Sample Size Calculations' and handle 'Missing Data'.


All modules are taught in English. Classes take place in a pleasant atmosphere with ample opportunity to interact with the lecturers.

Government support measures

The Flemish Community recognizes the value of lifelong learning for the region’s economic development. Employers are granted financial support through the government’s introduction of the KMO-portfolio. More about this stimulating initiative can be found on the KMO website (in Dutch).

Exam, certificate and Doctoral Schools

Participants who attend classes receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course. Additionally several modules encompass an exam. Participants who succeed in this test receive a certificate of Ghent University.

Doctoral Schools support young researchers in acquiring the necessary skills. Several modules can, under certain conditions, be incorporated in the program of the Doctoral Schools and are eligible for a refund. To qualify for reimbursement by the UGent Doctoral Schools, you have to attend all classes, and, if the course has an exam connected to it, you need to pass the exam.

Complementary initiatives

Check out the website of the Ghent Center for Statistics to be directed to two more training and consulting services.



    Flames, Flanders training network in Methodology and Statistics ( is an interuniversity initiative providing further training to young researchers in Ghent and beyond.

      Master in Statistical Data Analysis

      The one-year UGent advanced Master's program in Statistical Data Analysis leads to a dedicated degree following more intensive training in the methods of practical statistics offered to scientists in diverse areas.



        The FIRE (Fostering Innovative Research based on Evidence) statistical consulting service offers statistical and methodological support for UGent doctoral students and post-docs during their scientific research. Personalized advice and help is provided during all phases of the research including study design, data collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation and reporting of results.

        Book your FIRE consulting slot by filling out the application form at the FIRE website or, contact them for more information.

          Stat-Gent CRESCENDO

          The IOF valorization consortium Stat-Gent CRESCENDO unites statistical expert knowledge of the Ghent University Center for Statistics aiming to support applied research. It provides consulting services in collaboration with companies, government and other research groups.

          Stat-Gent offers an operational framework for statistics and data analysis contract work, in flexible formats including data analysis projects, customized training and software solutions. Data analysis projects add maximum value when the statistical method is integrated in the complete trajectory from objective setting to report writing. Stat-Gent therefore strive for stable and sustained relationships with our partners in mutually rewarding research collaborations.

          High-quality work is delivered by well-trained and dedicated statistical consultants, under guidance and supervision of UGent statistics professors.

          Stat-Gent has expertise in a broad range of applications, such as (but not limited to)

          • design and analysis of clinical trials,
          • health economics, epidemiology, electronic health records, quality of care, drug compliance, and evidence-based medicine
          • business analytics
          • biotech and agriculture,
          • statistical genetics/genomics: biomarkers, micro-arrays, dPCR, next-generation sequencing.

          Stat-Gent uses a wide variety of statistical methods going from basic regression, analysis of variance, mixed models and multivariate techniques, to more specific methods in causal analysis, data mining, functional data analysis, experimental design, longitudinal analysis, missing data, multiple testing, robust and nonparametric statistics and survival analysis.

          Do not hesitate to contact Stat-Gent with questions or for more information.

              Wishing you an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience, we look forward to meeting you!