A new center to drive data sciences and business analytics in Africa has been unveiled at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The Kenyan German Centre for Data Analytics (KGDA) is a culmination of successful academic and research collaboration between JKUAT and the German Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS).
The Centre is expected to maintain and develop internationally competitive technological expertise while stimulating local economy through the application of cutting-edge research to industry-based problems.
The founding of the Centre was announced Monday February 20, 2017 by Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga during the 2017 edition of JKUAT/FUAS Spring School, a programme that brings together students and staff from the institutions to share and exchange ideas on the nexus between ICT and modern businesses.
Also participating in the Spring School themed: Leveraging on ICT for Business Transformation and Excellence are students and staff of Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Institute of Technology and Management in Cameroon.
Through the Centre, JKUAT will roll out a Master of Science degree in Business Computing, the Vice Chancellor said.
“It is a great opportunity for students to solve practical problems in the emerging field of big data, and apply modern techniques and tools to present their results in a way that guides investors in decision-making,” Prof. Imbuga said.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the Spring School, the Director of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Dr. Helmut Blumbach, said the initiative was an important model of North-South collaboration.
He added that it would give opportunity to a young generation of committed and eager students to meaningfully contribute to the development aspirations of both Germany and Africa.
Dr. Blumbach said that DAAD would continue to facilitate beneficial interactions between Germany and Africa especially on industry academia partnerships.
FUAS focal person in for the collaboration, Prof. Thomas Schmidt said the initiative which is practical oriented and industry embedded allows participants to apply ICT to practical business scenarios with the aim of social transformation.
The weeklong Spring School will see participants engage in experiential learning workshops as well excursions to leading business, telecommunications, and manufacturing firms in Kenya.