Universities in Nigeria are not left behind in the ongoing data revolution. Nigeria institutions have been offering data-related courses facilitated by departments such as Statistics and Computer Science, and a few have coined the term M.Sc. Data Science and are venturing more into artificial intelligence and machine learning research. This article presents an overview of Universities in Nigeria that are offering data science, computer science, or artificial intelligence-related postgraduate programs.
It’s already an established fact that data is now the most important asset an organization or business can have.
Data Science is the study of processes and tools used in deriving insights from a massive amount of data for innovative decisions or to power technological solutions. Data science involves the extraction, data transformation, data analysis, and prediction to gain actionable insight and information from raw big data. It employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, and information science to extract meaningful insights from data. A Data scientist is therefore a person who combines a range of skills and tools to analyze data collected from the web, smartphones, customers, sensors, and other sources.
Data scientists are among the most sought-after positions in the world presently. Indeed and LinkedIn, which are the top job sites in the world have been reporting a significant increase in demand for Data Scientists year over year. The salaries for the position are also elevated. According to Payscale.com, the average salary for a Data Scientist in the UK is £40,317 depending on experience. Prospects.com also reported that Lead and chief Data Scientists can earn upwards of £60,000, in some cases reaching more than £100,000.
The University of Wisconsin report for entry-level data scientist salary observed that despite a recent influx of early-career professionals into the field of data science, the median starting salary remains high in the United States.
In Nigeria, a person working as a Data Analyst or Data Scientist can earn up to 500,000 NGN per month depending on the level of experience and size of a company. Salaries can range from 100,000 NGN (lowest) to 500,000 NGN (highest) according to DataLab Nigeria Survey. The skill also provides people with easy migration to other countries with more lucrative paychecks.
MyJobMag rated the data science job roles as one of the fastest-growing in Nigeria. Many companies now employ Data Scientists or Data Analysts in Nigeria.
Universities offering Data Science in Nigeria are listed in the table below with links to access their admission or school web pages at the time of this writing.
DATA SCIENCE-RELATED COURSES IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES
|S/No||University||Department||Program||Areas of Specialization||Visit Program Link|
|1||Covenant University||Computer & Information Science||MSc. Computer Science||Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Mobile Computing||bit.ly/3oRkc7c|
|2||African University of Science & Technology||MSc.||Geoinformatics and GIS||t.ly/wFYZ|
|3||University of Nigeria, Nsukka||Computer Science||MSc.||Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence||t.ly/e5uM|
|4||Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka||Computer Science||MSc.||Artificial Intelligence||bit.ly/3muaINj|
|5||University of Port Harcourt||Computer Science||Ph.D||Artificial Intelligence, Database Systems||bit.ly/3oVU2jC|
|6||University of Uyo||Computer Science||Ph.D||Computational Intelligence||https://uniuyo.edu.ng/faculty-of-science/computer-science/#|
|7||Babcock University||Computer Science||MSc.||Data Analytics and Business Intelligence||t.ly/fMHU|
|8||Lead City University||Computer Science||MSc. Computer Science||Computational Intelligence||t.ly/L4Zh|
|9||Igbinedion University Okada||MSc. Computer Science & Information Technology||Artificial Intelligence & Expert System||bit.ly/3ahBsOU|
|10||Nile University||Computer Science||MSc. Computer Science||Artificial Intelligence, Database Systems||t.ly/mD36|
|11||NOUN||Sciences||B.Sc. Data Management||Data management||http://bit.ly/2NgPoj8|
|12||Nasarawa State Uni. Keffi||M.Sc. Data Science and Technology (MDST)||Data Science and Technology||https://bit.ly/2NqcpA7|
|13||American University of Nigeria||Data Science and Analytics (MSc)||Data Science and Analytics||http://bit.ly/2M6vQx8|
|14||University of Ibadan||M.C.S, MPhil and PhD in Computer Sci.||Data Mining|
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