The world needs 2.5 million data science professionals by the turn of 2025. We must achieve at least 25,000.

Data Science speeds up and refines decision-making in the most complex of environments. It gives organizations the capacity to do things right the first time. We need vast numbers of Data Science talent to help governments, companies, and development organizations deliver the best services in a cost-effective, systematic, and structured manner.

At a Glance

  • 33 Institutions Now on Their Way to Join This Global Initiative

    As of December 15, 2020, 43 applications are underway to join the World Data Science Initiative. At least half are in the advanced stages of acceptance and finalization. These applicant institutions are getting accredited by the Data Science Council of America (DASCA), the world’s largest vendor-neutral Data Science certification body. These institutions are also under consideration to become hosts of the prestigious International Centers for Data Science (ICDS) once their accreditation process is complete. Please write to for more information on how your institution can join the World Data Science Initiative (WDSI).

  • Virtual Data Science Labs for students of member-institutions are being upgraded!

    The Virtual Labs provided to students in data science programs in member-institutions around the world are now being upgraded to include a wide variety of live, real-life projects uploaded by companies. Topics include data analytics, AI and machine intelligence (covering problems related to visualization), data analytics, and application design & development, among others.

  • Top Data Scientist Certifications like SDS™ Subsidized

    Efforts were underway to get top data scientist certifications subsidized for applicants from a cluster of emerging countries. Finally, there has been success in getting the Senior Data Scientist (SDS™) program subsidized! SDS™ applicants from WDSI member-institutions can contact the Head of the accredited member-institution to take advantage of this opportunity.

  • Partnership Application Deadlines Extended in Corona Virus Affected Countries

    Institutions from APAC and China have been given a deadline reprieve, and they can now apply to join this initiative until April 30, 2021. More countries like Iran and a few others in West Asia may be added to the deadline extension list in the next few days. Please write to us at for more information on this.

  • The First Global Data Science Conclave in Austin, Texas

    Preparations are underway for the first Global Data Science Conclave in Austin, Texas, to be held in December 2021. The two-day event is expected to feature technology education and research experts from around the world as speakers. Though the invite list is still in the works, around 200 institutions are expected to be represented from 26 countries.


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