AI is the fastest expanding discipline in China’s universities, with 180 more approved to offer it as a major

China’s Ministry of Education approved applications for 180 more colleges to offer majors in artificial intelligence in 2019, up from 35 the year before. The ramping up of approvals comes as the country tries to attract more talent to drive what has been referred to as the fourth industrial revolution. — SCMP

Artificial intelligence has become the fastest expanding discipline at mainland Chinese universities, as the country charges ahead with its ambitions to become a global leader in the field.

China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) approved applications by 180 colleges to set up new AI-related majors for undergraduate students in 2019, compared to just 35 a year earlier, a circular issued by the ministry showed on Tuesday.

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