Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University partners with Dell to train and certify Saudi Arabia’s first female data scientists

The largest university for women in the world, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), has made partnership with the  tech giant Dell to train and certify Saudi Arabia’s first female data scientists.

The university’s College of Computer and Information Sciences stated that it has successfully trained 57 female big data analytics and data science students this semester with additional 103 students certified in cloud infrastructure.

The achievement follows a partnership with Dublin City University to introduce the first Masters in Computing degree with specialisation in data analytics in Saudi Arabia.

Dean  of the College of Computer and Information Sciences, Auhood Alfaries stated, “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.”

He even said, “We strive to continually evolve to contribute towards building a knowledge-based economy, in alignment with the Saudi Vision 2030, through strategic academic partnerships such as the Dell EMC External Research and Academic Alliance program which plays a crucial role in effectively developing our students into tomorrow’s workforce.”

A latest study by Dell Technologies featured the lack of workforce readiness as the leading barrier in the Middle East to be a successful digital business by 2030.

Senior vice president and regional manager for Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Dell, Mohammed Amin mentioned, “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.”

He said, “We congratulate Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University on this wonderful achievement and look forward to continuing to work with them to advance the technical education of women in the region.”

Vision 2030, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, targets to rise the percentage of women in the workforce.

The Public Prosecution Office stated in February that it would appoint women as investigators for the first time, noting that vacancies for women would be created at the level of lieutenant investigator.

History was made previous month when women became notaries in Saudi Arabia for the first time.

In January, the Ministry of Justice also reported that it aims to appoint 300 women as administrative assistants, social researchers, legal researchers and Islamic jurisprudence researchers.

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