From 12th to 14th March 2018 the African Centre of Excellence in Data Science (ACE-DS) organized a PhD in Data Science Symposium at the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics, Gikondo Campus.
The Symposium gathered an audience of around 70 participants who are either students or Supervisors from Rwanda and abroad.
Prof. Herman Musahara-UR Director of Consultancy
After the opening ceremony by University of Rwanda Director of Consultancy Prof. Herman Musahara on behalf of Acting Principal of CBE,The Director of ACE-DS, Dr. Charles Ruranga presented a brief overview on the African Centre of Excellence in Data Science.
Dr. Charles Ruranga (ACE-DS Director)
The meeting also discussed partnerships with other Public/Private research and industrial institutions, Guidelines on the PhD supervision and Sharing Experience on the Management of Postgraduate Programs including teaching and research activities.
Prof. Patrick Mcsharry talking about partnership
In Experience sharing on the Management of Postgraduate Programs including teaching and research activities,Prof Robert Wamala and Prof Zemotir Temsgen presented on existing Post-Graduate Programs at their respective Universities and highlighted key aspects considered along the Management of Masters and PhD Programs from admission, teaching and graduation of students.
On the second day, PhD students presented their proposals and two different panels were organized for presentations. Panelists evaluated students based on UR’s Research Proposal Evaluation form and scores were given to students accordingly.
Mr. Habimana Dominique,a PhD Candidate presenting his Proposal.
On Day 3 two additional sessions took place, namely a session for sharing experience and another session on responsibilities of supervisors and students and way forward. for meeting between students and supervisors.
During the first session, Prof. Zewotir Temsgen shared his substantial background in research, especially in the area of data science and talked about possibilities of fostering a partnership between the ACE-DS and their Data Science Centre at Kwazulu-Natal University, and a possibility for them to provide an intensive data science short courses with the use of SAS system.
Prof. Zewotir Temsgen sharing his international experience in supervising PhD Research
His presentation was very insightful to both students and Professors of the ACE-DS as a Young Centre that is in its incubation status in the East African Region.
In the second session, Dr. Charles Ruranga presented the responsibilities of supervisors, responsibilities of PhD students and way forward. In the afternoon, students and Supervisors met for discussing on views and suggestions given during the presentation and on ways of improving their PhD research Proposals.
This PhD research symposium ended with a closing remarks by Prof. Herman Musahara.
Supervisors,PhD Candidates,ACE-DS Team posed for a picture