Enabling data science education in developing countries

Murray de Villiers, Senior Manager: Global Academic Programme at the SAS Institute The North-West University (NWU) is one of South Africa’s premier tertiary education institutions, thanks to its Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics (BMI), which focuses on the fields of quantitative risk analysis, actuarial science and business analytics. The Centre for BMI, which has produced around 350 master’s degree graduates in the past 15 years, differentiates itself from other places of learning by providing graduates with an industry-relevant curriculum and the opportunity to gain real life experience in dealing with genuine industry challenges. The Centre for BMI has close links to industry, which allows it to ensure that during the final six months of its courses, masters students have the chance to work at an organisation while completing their thesis.…


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