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Strathmore University Offers New Programme, MSc in Data Science

L to R Ms. Anastasia Kariuki – Associate Director KPMG EA, Dr. Vincent Ogutu– VC Strathmore Designate University, Dr. Julius Kipnge'tich – CEO at Jubilee Insurance Kenya, Dr. Joseph Sevilla Director @iLabAfrica Strathmore University, Dr. Godfrey Achono Madigu, Dean Strathmore Institute of Mathematical Sciences (SIMS), Dr. Mary Achieng’ Achieng’ – Assistant Lecturer Strathmore University.

Kenya’s Strathmore University introduced a Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics (MSc. DSA).

This is a unique graduate program to equip participants with a deep mastery of the business and IT underpinnings of Data Science and Analytics and provide the Kenyan market with highly skilled data scientists.

The two (2) year academic program is a collaboration between Strathmore Institute of Mathematical Sciences (SIMS) and @iLabAfrica Research and Innovation Centre.  

According to the institution, 95% of the world’s data has been created in just the past 2 years. Therefore, data is the next natural resource and Big Data is becoming the new differentiating factor of production. 

Dr. Vincent Ogutu,  Vice-Chancellor Designate, Strathmore University noted that “The answers are already there in the data, which is everywhere, but somehow we are not using these data. We keep using the old methods yet, if we just did the analysis, we would find the appropriate answers we are looking for in our organizations.”  

On the other hand, Dr. Sevilla, Director of @iLabAfrica – Strathmore University said through Data Science, they were bringing out the skills of business, IT and mathematical modelling with the aim of shaping people who fall under business, IT and Mathematical modelling and are going to apply these skills in businesses. 

“We need to use data science to understand customer behavior. Even the media industry need understand the customer in a very special way where data will help to customize news, they provide individual customers on various different platforms depending on the consumers generated patterns,” said Chief Guest speaker, Dr. Julius Kipng’etich – Group CEO Jubilee Insurance at the launch event.

Who Should Apply

The programme has been designed for students who have completed a degree in either Statistics, IT, Commerce, Economics or Finance, and technical enthusiasts wishing to further their knowledge of Data Science and Analytics.

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