Murray de Villiers
Aug 20, 2018

Graduates must understand the tools industry uses

While open source analytics programs are effective in an academic environment, corporates want graduates who also understand how to use the sophisticated enterprise technologies that are required by business.


It's time to produce business-ready graduates

There's a disconnect between what universities teach and what industry needs, says Murray de Villiers, senior manager: Global Academic Programmes at SAS.

Mar 29, 2018

Transformation, data science ensure winning formula

The data science skills pool will get a boost from the Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics and University of the Western Cape.


High demand for skilled data scientists, says NWU prof

This demand is increasing in SA and worldwide, and far outweighs the number of graduates produced.


Overcoming SA's analytical skills shortage

The term 'statistician' is generally associated with an image that has little to do with excitement.

Oct 24, 2016

Creating a pipeline of data science skills

University graduates are only taught to work with open source analytics technologies when conducting data analysis, but most companies use SAS software instead.

Oct 17, 2016

Enabling data science education in developing countries

The desire to build tertiary education capabilities in data science across the globe, the NWU remains a vital partner in assisting SAS to position itself within developing markets.


Visual analytics could help universities with budgets

The #Feesmustfall movement is driving an increased focus on cost-effective tertiary institution management, says Murray de Villiers, manager of the academic program for Middle-East, Africa and Turkey at SAS Institute.

May 9, 2016

SA arm of SAS catalyses skills programmes

It has been the catalyst for data science and analytics skills development programmes in South Africa, in the rest of Africa, and even on a global scale, says SAS.


Meeting SA's surge in demand for analytics skills

With over R3 million in support from SAS, the Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics at NWU offers a master's programme in Advanced Business Analytics.

Mar 11, 2015

Individualisation, diversity set education providers apart

Tailoring university courses to meet each student's requirements will increase success and satisfaction rates, says?Murray de Villiers, GM: Africa, Middle East Regional Academic Programme at SAS.

Mar 10, 2015

How technology is transforming education

Digital learning encourages creativity and innovation, and boosts learners' tech skills, which are in high demand in the workplace, says?Murray de Villiers, GM: Africa, Middle East Regional Academic Programme at SAS.