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Pontem Analytics shines at University of Rwanda's 9th graduation ceremony
Sponsoring 2 awards for the African Center of Excellence in Data Science Best PhD and MSc candidates
In a proud moment, Pontem Analytics took center stage at the University of Rwanda's 9th graduation ceremony, sponsoring the Pontem Arch Achievement Awards. The occasion was more than a recognition of academic milestones; it was a celebration of dedication, brilliance, and the pursuit of knowledge. Graduates, adorned in their academic regalia, represented more than the culmination of academic endeavors. They stood as embodiments of intellectual curiosity and innovation, symbols of a brighter future.
Pontem Analytics is proud to engage in a strategic partnership with the African Centre of Excellence in Data Science at the University of Rwanda. Established by the World Bank to advance Africa's development, this center plays a pivotal role in training resources at master's and Ph.D. levels while offering valuable short courses in the digital space. With its location in Kigali, near this hub of academic excellence, Pontem Analytics is well-positioned to tap into the wealth of talent nurtured by the Center. Attracting top-tier students from across Africa and diverse professional backgrounds, the Center aligns seamlessly with Pontem Analytics' commitment to fostering innovation in our core sectors: Energy, Minerals, Health, Performance, and Industry. Our impending Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizes this collaboration, allowing us to recruit graduates, offer internships, and collaborate on MSc/PhD research. We are enthusiastic about the opportunities this partnership brings and look forward to making impactful contributions to the fields of data science and analytics.
The Pontem Arch Achievement Award, aptly named given our name and livery are derived from the Latin word for “bridge”, embodies our commitment to bridging gaps and fostering excellence. Inspired by the iconic ‘Delicate Arch’ in Arches National Park in Utah, this award symbolizes strength, innovation, and the ability to connect diverse elements seamlessly. At Pontem Analytics, we see the Arch Achievement Award as more than a recognition; it's a testament to our company brand. Just as we bridge the gap between data and discipline / industry and academia, our award recognizes individuals who exemplify these exceptional qualities. This accolade not only celebrates outstanding achievements but also highlights the significance of forging connections and building bridges in the pursuit of excellence.
The Pontem Arch Achievement Awards, presented to outstanding individuals from the African Centre of Excellence in Data Science, reflect Pontem Analytics' commitment to fostering excellence in data science. The recipients, one excelling in the Ph.D. program and another showcasing remarkable prowess in the MSc program, received a monetary sum of 1 million Rwandan Francs each.
The African Centre of Excellence in Data Science’s diversity was reflected in the awardees of the Pontem Arch Achievement Award:
The Pontem Arch Achievement Award for best MSc candidate is Ms. Florence Namalinzi, who hails from Uganda. Florence studied for a master’s degree in data science and biostatistics. Her ability to bring academic knowledge to address industry challenges, thereby bridging the gap between industry and academia, won her the award.
Chilyabanyama, from Zambia, won the Pontem Arch Achievement Award for best PhD candidate. Chilyabanyama was top amongst his peers with a strong PhD in data science. He was awarded for his intellectual curiosity and innovation.
Pontem Analytics are in talks with the awardees and their Alma Mata to discuss areas where we can support the research further, exploring internships, work association, etc.
Temitope Solanke of Pontem Analytics, shared words of encouragement:
"To the recipients of these awards, your journey has been nothing short of inspiring. The Pontem Arch Achievement Award is a token of our appreciation for your dedication and brilliance in the realm of data science."
Solanke shared the stage with the Honorable Minister of Education of Republic of Rwanda and the Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda, and later acknowledged the University of Rwanda's pivotal role in nurturing intellectual growth.
"This institution stands as a beacon of academic excellence, shaping minds and molding futures," he remarked.
As the graduates embark on new beginnings, Pontem Analytics extends heartfelt congratulations, urging them to contribute to the advancement of data science and Africa's progress. The Pontem Arch Achievement Awards mark a commitment to investing in bright minds, recognizing their potential to drive positive change.
In sponsoring these awards, Pontem Analytics reinforces its dedication to shaping a future where data science leads Africa toward progress and prosperity. Congratulations to the recipients, who are poised to play pivotal roles in Africa's transformative journey ahead.