The World Data Science Initiative, in tandem with thousands of universities and technology schools across continents, is building a worldwide Data Science talent force expected to touch 250,000 by the year 2022. WDSI will be granting over USD 300 million in subsidies to institutions to help them get accredited and their students certified on the most advanced vendor-neutral Data Science standards in the world.
WDSI is the world’s biggest ever talent development project, dedicated to the cause of developing a global pool of 250,000 Data Science talents by the year 2022. Within barely three weeks of the launch of the Initiative, in January 2020, over 30 higher-education institutions from 23 countries registered their interest in becoming a part of the WDSI worldwide network. Many of these institutions are also working on setting up centers of Data Science excellence in their campuses – called the International Centers of Data Science – which will offer global programs in various streams of Data Science, AI and machine learning.
The Initiative brings together leading institutions such as leading technology schools, universities, education project bodies of the United Nations, and the World Bank alongside relevant personnel such as Data Science educators, researchers, professors, and education regulators. Together, these groups and individuals will catalyze the global development of the next generation of Data Science professionals, data scientists and data technologists.
In today’s Information Age, where knowledge is power, Data Science has emerged as the most critical engine of growth for the planet. To fuel this engine, nations need their own forces of top-quality Data Science professionals and experts. At the core of the Initiative is the idea of creating an umbrella of global standards wherein institutions can join and benchmark their curricula, methods, and approach.
The Initiative enables universities, as well as engineering and business schools, to obtain accreditation from leading global standards bodies. Selected institutions are also assisted in setting up centers of excellence in Data Science.
Additionally, smaller institutions are equipped to become world-class education providers in Data Science by offering programs on the world’s most advanced vendor-neutral knowledge frameworks.
Most of these institutions join the Initiative as beneficiaries of grants and subsidies, which cover 40% to 70% of the cost of accreditation, content, and knowledge. WDSI provides your institution an opportunity to join this elite worldwide network to create a new legion of world-class Data Science talent for your country and industry.
The potential of Data Science to power our growth directly is contingent on how well we have trained our talents. WDSI helps universities, and technology educators adopt future-ready Data Science curricula and teaching-learning approaches to help turn big Data Science possibilities into bigger outcomes for the biggest impacts.
The World Data Science Initiative aims to build a worldwide force of 250,000 future-ready Data Science professionals. At WDSI, we are motivated by a desire to create a globally distributed pool of data analysts, engineers, and scientists, trained and certified on the most advanced standards on vendor-neutral frameworks in Data Science. The talent development targets spread across the 14 global regions are listed below:
*Figures based on an exhaustive WDSI analysis of leading global studies on data science talent needs
Data Science speeds up and refines decision-making in the most complex environments and gives organizations the capacity to do things right the first time. Data Science drives artificial intelligence and machine learning, making automation affordable and increasingly consequential to the quality of service delivery and human life.
Meteorological, environmental, and disaster management bodies around the world deploy advanced Data Science models and systems to predict natural calamities and save countless lives. Healthcare deploys Data Science to predict and control contagions.
Data Science catalyzes economic development in numerous industries. IT, Communications, Disaster Management, Environment, Energy, Homeland Security, Healthcare, Agriculture, Food, Governance, Utilities, Manufacturing, Supply Chain - practically all sectors of the modern world economy - respond brilliantly to Data Science-led interventions.
If the world needs Data Science to deliver growth, Data Science needs top-quality professionals to drive it. Nations need to build their own forces of top-quality data analysts, data scientists, data technologists, and Data Science leaders to unlock the vast potential of Data Science.