Over the past decade, data-driven digital transformation has significantly disrupted almost every vertical industry dramatically, shifting the way business is running and services offered. Furthermore, impactfully introduced new business approaches, products, services, and customer experiences seen in recent breakthroughs in generative AI, computer vision and social networks analytics as examples. Big Data has been at the core and the foundation of such transformation, where technologies have become mature and adopted globally. Yet business organizations and enterprises are catching up with the revolution in an endeavor to leverage data and big data, facing a key obstacle to employing the right calibers with deep business and technology skills.

In an effort to support the regional market, the School of Business Administration (BA) is joining forces with the School of Information Technology and Computer Science (ITCS) to offer the Business and Big Data Analytics (BBDA) Professional Diploma at NU. This synergy targets a new class of professionals combining business domain knowledge and big data and data science skills to solve complex real-world business problems at a scale, derive insights and offer competitive advantages for their organizations. BBDA courses are taught by academic-industry experts in a flexible delivery model that makes learning quite an enjoyable journey centered around interactions and collaboration while enriched by industry best practices and hands-on activities.




  • Bridging the gap between business practices and advanced industry-adopted data-driven technologies like Big Data, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Statistical Modeling, and Business Intelligence.
  • Leveraging a hands-on approach to enable participants to develop skills and expertise in business analytics to support their organizations and enterprises. 

Learning Objectives

  • Deep understanding of the concepts of big data analytics in the business context of digital transformation. 
  • Experiencing a variety of use cases applicable to vertical industries and practices.
  • Gaining expertise and hands-on skills in building data-driven business solutions and applications.
  • Acquiring hands-on experience in Data Modeling, Visualization, Data Mining, Machine Learning, and AI.
  • Learning how to use the industry's best practices, open-source tools, platforms, and cloud-based solutions.
  • Distinguishing the different approaches and frameworks to manage the data analytics lifecycle in an efficient way.
  • Applying to a capstone project using real-life open data and a comprehensive business use case.

Key Highlights

  • Learn from experts with solid experience and contribution record in the industry and practices.
  • Curriculum maintains best balance of business practices, technology, management and academic depth.
  • Teaching methodology centered around practical business use cases, hands-on experience and leadership skills.
  • Course topics and content prepare you for the most demanding career paths in data-driven business transformation.
  • Join carefully admitted colleagues with experiences and backgrounds for networking and peer knowledge transfer.
  • Earn Nile University professional certificate while preparing for global industry certificates readiness.

Course Structure

The BBDA diploma requires the successful completion of 4 courses over two semesters collectively covering business and technology aspects of the interned learning outcomes. Additionally, a directed capstone project based on selected scenarios imitating real-life challenges and solutions is required to be completed on a third semester. The following is the courses structure and number of hours:


  • Statistics for Business Decisions (36 Hours)
  • Business Data Mining and Data Processing (36 Hours)
  • Big Data Applications for Business Analytics (36 Hours)
  • Business Intelligence for Enterprise Applications (36 Hours)
  • Capstone Project based on real-life scenarios (36 Hours)


Delivery Model

Courses are delivered as blended learning including one concentrated subsequent 4 physical session on Saturdays – each session from 11am to 3pm – with directed online learning and interactions throughout the week. Each course typically spans around 6 calendar weeks concluded by final examination/presentation on last Saturday of the course.

Applicant Eligibility

  • B.Sc. degree in a suitable discipline like business, engineering, or sciences.
  • Three years of practical experience in sounding business domain.
  • Satisfy the graduate program English requirement (TOFEL 500 or equivalent) 
  • Pass a background check and an interview.

Scholarships are available in 100%, 50% and 25% rates subject to evaluation of the applicant’s status, qualifications, and career achievements on a case-by-case basis.

Scholarship Application Process

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please submit your application by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and fill out the scholarship form by clicking the "Scholarship Form" button.

N.B: Scholarship applications submitted without submitting the admissions application will not be considered.

Meet the BBDA Key Sponsor and Doner


Dr. Amr is currently the CEO and co-founder of Vectara and previously served as the VP of Developer Relations for Google Cloud. Before joining Google, Amr co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and was its Global CTO. He also served as the VP of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo from 2000-2008, which he joined after they acquired his first startup, Aptivia, in mid-2000. Amr received his Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University and his bachelor's and master's degrees from Cairo University, Egypt.

Dr. Amr Awadallah

CEO and co-founder of Vectara