Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) has partnered with Dell to train and certify Saudi Arabia’s first female data scientists.
The PNU College of Computer and Information Sciences has already trained 57 females in data science and big data analytics this semester and certified 103 students in cloud infrastructure.
This came after a partnership with the Dublin City University, to create the world’s first Masters in Computing degree with a major in data analytics.
Auhood Alfaries, Dean of the College of Computer and Information Sciences, said: “Building a comprehensive curriculum to cover the essential knowledge area for the computing disciplines and to equip our students with the skills required for the future workplace is a priority for Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University”.
A recent study by Dell found that the lack of workforce readiness was the leading cause preventing the Middle East from becoming a successful digital business by 2030.
Mohammed Amin, senior vice president and regional manager, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Dell, added: “The unrelenting pace of digital transformation in the marketplace is creating new challenges for all of us where organisations as well as individuals are increasingly realizing that investing in workforce readiness and the development of new skills is key to future success and competitive differentiation.