The main objective of ACE Il Project is to strengthen selected Eastern and Southern African higher education institutions to deliver quality post-graduate education and build collaborative research capacity in the regional priority areas.

The ACE-DS is a regional centre for which core mission is to train post-graduate students with combined expertise in statistics, economics, business, computer science, and engineering to use big data and data analytics to solve development challenges.The ACE-DS is based at the University of Rwanda in the School of Business and Economics. The ACE-DS places southern and eastern regions of Africa at the forefront of an emerging academic field that encourages collaborative partnerships between academia, government and the private sector.




The African Centre of Excellence in Data Science (ACE-DS) has a mission of addressing specific development challenges by:

  • Offering a research hub for postgraduate students, attracting international expertise and practitioners
  • Stimulating collaboration between academics, partners and stakeholders;
  • Demonstrating the relevance of the centre for innovation, job creation and economic prosperity; and
  • Securing resources to stimulate multidisciplinary collaborative international research projects.

ACE-DS Advisory Board

    Dr. Faustin Gasheja Principal

    University of Rwanda,College of Business & Economics

    Dr. Charles Ruranga Centre Director

    The African Centre of Excellence in Data Science

    Dr. Joseph Nkurunziza Deputy Dean SoE

    University of Rwanda,College of Business & Economics

    Dr. Muhoza Dieudonné Dean SoE

    University of Rwanda,College of Business & Economics

    Prof. Temesgen Zewotir Professor

    University of Kwazulu-Natal(UKZN)

    Prof. Patrick McSharry Professor

    Carnegie Mellon University, Africa

    Dr. Niyonzima N. François Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic & Research


    Prof. Nathan Cahill Professor

    Rochester Institue of Technology

    Prof. Robert Wamala Professor

    Makerere University


ACE-DS Staff

  • Dr. Charles Ruranga Centre Director (250)788484421 Bio
  • Dr.Ignace H. Kabano Head of Training 250788548640
  • Dr. Joseph Nzabanita Head of Research (250)788477786
  • Ms. Donatienne Mukamisha Centre Administrator 250788557670
  • Mr. Charles Nzaramyimana Centre Administrator-Postgraduate Studies and Research 250788456452
  • Mr. Elias Mutezimana IT Officer (250)788521896
  • Ms. Beline Mukarwego M&E Officer (250)0788502945
  • Mr. Alexis Nyumvira Procurement Officer
  • Mr. Jean Damascene Niyitegeka Communication Specialist 250788798713
  • Ms. Theresa Caritas Gasengayire Accountant 250788459630

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The PhD by Research (Data Science) provides an opportunity for students who wish to undertake an individual real-world big-data research project.

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