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26 November 2019
Women in Analytics

(Published - 26 November 2019)

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has partnered with an international industry leader, SAS Analytics, a data management company, to encourage local high school learners to pursue a career in the top skill area of Analytics.

The Analytics programme at UWC gives students who excel in Mathematics the opportunity to pursue a career as a business analyst, quantitative analyst, operations research analyst, market research analyst, and much more.

On Saturday, 30 November 2019, UWC will launch a Women in Analytics event, in collaboration with SAS Analytics, to introduce Grade 11 learners and their Mathematics teachers to the world of Analytics.

Professor Renette Blignaut, Deputy Chairperson of the Department of Statistics and Population Studies, and Manager of the Masters in Data Science programme at UWC, said top performing mathematics Grade 11 girls from a few selected schools have been invited to visit the campus for the High Tea function.

“Both international and national women analysts will share their career experiences and career paths to encourage young women to consider a career in analytics. This is one of the top scarce skill areas that could be considered as a very exciting career choice,” said Prof Blignaut.

Professor Jennifer Priestley, Director of the Centre for Statistics and Analytical Services, Kennesaw State University, Georgia in the United States, is the keynote speaker at the event.

The schools that will be attending are:

  1. The Settlers High School (Bellville)De Kuilen High School (Kuils River)
  2. Spine Road High School (Mitchells Plain)
  3. Rylands High School (Gatesville)
  4. South Peninsula High School (Plumstead)
  5. Wynberg Girls’ High School (Wynberg)
  6. Cape Academy of Math, Science and Technology (Constantia) 
  7. Centre of Science and Technology (Khayelitsha) 
  8. Heideveld Senior Secondary (Heideveld) 
  9. Wittebome High School (Wynberg) 
  10. Plumstead High School (Plumstead) 
  11. Excelsior Secondary High School (Belhar)

Principals or the Head of Departments: Mathematics, along with their four top performing mathematics Grade 11 girl pupils, will attend the event.

About Analytics:

It is about turning raw data into insight for making better decisions. Analytics relies on the application of statistics, computer programming, and operations research in order to quantify and gain insight into the meaning of data. It is especially useful in areas that record a lot of data or information.

It involves studying past historical data to research potential trends, to analyse the effects of certain decisions or events, and/or to evaluate the performance of a given tool or scenario. The goal of analytics is to improve a business by gaining knowledge which can be used to make an improvement or change.