Within the framework of the latest Contract of Objectives and Performance concluded with the French State, which is in line with the construction of the University Paris-Saclay, the École polytechnique (X) contributes its original multidisciplinary model combining science and engineering, thanks to a strong integration between its training cycles and its research centre. The multi-year contracts signed with the State also emphasize the need for closer ties with the business world, the necessary partnership policy to be implemented and the resulting increase in the School’s own resources. The creation of Chairs for companies is a direct response to these objectives.
It is in this context that Orange SA wished to support the Fondation de l’École Polytechnique, and Orange Côte d’Ivoire, the Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA) in the framework of the project to create a chair entitled “Data Science Institute” by the Academic Partners.
The Stakeholders wish to contribute together to the development of Data Science training. The work of the Chair will concern the setting up of courses, at national and international level, with the following triple objective.
To develop, through a master’s degree course, a profile of engineers open to the specialisation of the data science professions, a profile for which national and international interest is growing.
To propose to develop continuing education actions, aimed at working professionals, allowing them to understand the stakes and practical difficulties of data sciences.Encourage innovative and original research in data science.
The “Data Science Institute” project aims to accelerate the development of data management skills in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa, with a desire, expressed by economic and political actors, to localise both training and added value.
Hosted by two Ivorian institutions, it plans to set up an international-level course of excellence in data sciences, initially for students, then for company executives.