Free artificial intelligence courses offer to students

Students can now take free artificial intelligence (AI) courses from basic to advanced level as part of efforts to equip young people with skills in an emerging field.

Open to students in secondary schools, junior colleges, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), local universities and other institutes of higher learning, the programme aims to reach more than 15,000 students over the next three years, said AI Singapore yesterday.

Students will need to form groups of at least 10 before they can apply for the programme run by AI Singapore – which was launched by the National Research Foundation in 2017 to nurture AI talent in Singapore.

The students will study the subject at three levels, based on their proficiency, and study at their own pace.

These will teach them programming skills and let them explore machine learning and statistical and critical thinking at their own pace, AI Singapore said.

Students receive certificates upon completing each level, including one offered by Google Cloud – the Google Professional Machine Learning Engineer Certification.

Minister of State for Education and Manpower Gan Siow Huang, who spoke at the event held at Google Singapore’s office in Pasir Panjang, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) will provide S$1.8mil (RM5.7mil) in funding for the programme.

Gan said AI is becoming an integral part of Singaporeans’ lives, from robot cleaners to digital assistants, and is even being used by MOE in the classroom.

She said more than 720 students have signed up for the AI programme after a soft launch in April.

“I hope such efforts will gather speed and ignite interest among even more of our students to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and AI-related careers,” she added.

AI Singapore director of AI Innovation Laurence Liew said the three-year initiative, called the AI Student Outreach Programme, hopes to expand AI skills and literacy beyond specialists. — The Straits Times/ANN

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