Kenya's Strathmore University Business School and the United Kingdom's JGI-University of Bristol have entered into an official partnership around data science education. The aim of the partnership is both universities to share expertise on how data science can be used to address challenges relevant to the African context based on a ‘people exchange’ through data science knowledge and capacity building across various channels, from government, the private sector, media and across disciplines.

The partnership will also include the exchange of ideas and set goals within sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, wildlife conservation, disaster response, geospatial modelling, communications, and economics.

“This partnership will strengthen our role as an institution in bringing the power of new technologies and innovations to areas such as agriculture, wildlife, and enhance skills in the use of geospatial information to address some of Kenya’s oldest problems,” said Dr George Njenga, Executive Dean of Strathmore University Business School.

Dr George Njenga the Executive Dean- Strathmore University Business School and Professor Kate Robson Brown, Director, JGI-University of Bristol during the signing ceremony.

Data science is key in that it mainly assists in extracting insights from structured and unstructured data. As such, it plays a key role not only for policymakers when they plan but also in all sectors. Both universities have stated that their collaboration will likely increase the options for credible and high-quality academic, research and training between institutions to develop mutually beneficial, creative and productive scholarly activities in the field of data science.

“Developing data science capacity in Kenya and the region is key to addressing some of the greatest societal challenges facing the community, and will also unlock economic opportunities of significant benefit. It is an honour and a pleasure to be working with our colleagues at Strathmore University to achieve these goals,” said Professor Kate Robson Brown.

The other aim of the partnership is to assist in enhancing the existing data science and data intensive research communities in Kenya and foster interdisciplinary research work to connect researchers and facilitate research projects.

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