Our Mission


As a society we cannot let the benefits of analysis, data science and potential learnings from Big Data pass us by because of a lack of people with skills in this area.

At IBM we are strong proponents of providing opportunities to learn the fundamental concepts required to develop, process, and analyze big data and break down the traditional barriers to participation in this sector.

The Big Data University, an IBM community initiative, is not like other on-line training sites. Our content is free, access to tool sets used within the courses is free, and we have designed our courses to be accessed at your pace based on your priorities.

We are serious about making a difference. We call it @Your Pace, @Your Place education.

Benefits to you

Why participate in these courses? Two driving reasons:

  1. Familiarity and hand-on experience with ground breaking technology for free, and
  2. Having the confidence to build and contribute to this community with the foundational skills to make a difference.

At the Big Data University we award IBM recognized IBM Open Digital Badges that can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile, your site, other social media sites, or even in your email signature.

Please note that Big Data University is not an accredited institution (i.e., we do not award degrees).

International Presence

We are serious about our content and have developed sites for our worldwide audience:

  1. BigDataUniversity.com:  the site you are visiting right now, aimed at the world at large. It primarily provides courses in English, but does have some courses in Japanese, Spanish and Russian.
  2. BigDataUniversity.com.br:  launched at the end of July 2015 for students in Brazil. It offers courses in Portuguese (handy for students from Portugal).
  3. BigDataUniversity.com.cn:  launched at the end of August 2015 for students in China. It offers courses in Mandarin. The site and all of the course material are hosted in China.

Data Science for Social Good

Social problems are real and impact everyone on this planet. We don’t know what we don’t know, but with the help of Big Data and analytics to identify trends and patterns we can start to ask the questions that will move issues forward. As a result of our strong belief in this, our courses are aligned with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and use their data sets wherever possible within our course material to set the stage for inspiring you to make a difference.

Join Us

Are you ready for the journey? Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – click here to register with the Big Data University and get started down one of our learning paths today.