Our vision is to be a world-class institution for data science and computational thinking in and for Africa. This vision is well aligned with the University's vision to be Africa’s leading research intensive university, globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative, where we advance knowledge in service of society.
Who we are and what we do:
The School is a new entity at Stellenbosch University, established to facilitate trans-faculty approaches to teaching and research in data science and computational thinking. It is home to world-class academics as well as junior researchers, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.
Thanks to its University-wide mandate and multi-disciplinary team of staff and students, the School can advance and connect a myriad of research agendas, ranging from the social impact of next-generation mobile internet connectivity to the development of new ontologies and algorithms in machine intelligence.
In close collaboration with partners in industry, the School will accelerate and expand the University's societal footprint in data science and computational thinking.
The School develops and manages course content for summer and winter schools and other training initiatives outside of the regular undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.
The School advances the creation of value through:
Research and development in the fields of data science and computational thinking
The School builds and manages research partnerships and alliances for data science and computational thinking with other entities, both nationally and internationally. It employs world-class scientists and collaborates with a network of national and international organisations.
Teaching and training, collaboration and capacity building in data science and computational thinking
The School facilitates and contributes to the development of curricula and shares data science and computational thinking training and learning expertise across multiple faculties at Stellenbosch University.
Consultancy, commercialisation and social impact centered around data science and computational thinking
The School impacts the broader society through advisory services to faculties, departments and divisions at Stellenbosch University as well as to external clients.