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AI Singapore enters into new partnership to train 2000 students and developers over 3 years

AI Singapore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Intel Corporation to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in Singapore by providing industry-relevant and skills-based training. A goal has been set for engaging and training around 2000 students and developers over the next three years.

Under the MOU, AI Singapore will host free-of-cost training sessions based on the Intel® AI Academy suite of content for students, developers, start-ups and companies. The Intel® AI Academy is an open initiative offered to academia, professionals, and start-ups worldwide. Intel also intends to send their world-wide AI experts to co-host some of these sessions.

Participants in the Intel ® AI Academy will gain access to Intel-hosted forums and technical support for their usage of Intel hardware platforms and software tools for research and projects. Moreover, the Intel® AI Academy will assist in organising meetups, offer event-based training and provide expert guidance on Intel frameworks and tools to the next generation of AI professionals.

In addition, AI Singapore will be including the Intel® AI Academy content as part of its AI Apprenticeship Programme (AIAP). The programme announced last year, is the result of a collaboration between AI Singapore and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and it is the first TechSkills Accelerator(TeSA) company-led training programme in AI.

Under the MoU, AI Singapore will also be able to access or submit relevant publicly available, research papers, whitepapers, solution briefs, project descriptions and technical content via the Intel® Developer Zone or affiliated Intel websites.

Laurence Liew, Director, AI Industry Innovation, AI Singapore, said, “AI is going to be pervasive and will impact all sectors of the industry,” said “Intel is an important ecosystem player and partner, and we believe having the AI apprentices and ecosystem of developers, start-ups and companies trained and familiar with the Intel accelerated frameworks and tools, especially the next-generation of AI CPUs and frameworks, is important in staying at the bleeding edge of AI.”

“The rise of AI will open up incredible new experiences and fuel new business opportunities, scientific discovery, and societal improvement,” said Santhosh Viswanathan, Managing Director-Sales & Marketing, Intel Asia Pacific and Japan Territory. “Intel believes AI has the potential to improve people’s lives and therefore continues to collaborate with institutions like AI Singapore to develop the right talent to lead this movement.”

AI Singapore was launched in May 2017 by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore with up to S$150 million in funding to catalyse, synergise and boost Singapore's AI capabilities. The 5-year initiative is driven by a government-wide partnership comprising NRF, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), the Economic Development Board (EDB), IMDA, SGInnovate, and the Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS). Institutes of Higher Learning, including National University Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) the Singapore Management University (SMU) and public sector research agency, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), are also part of this AI Singapore.

In addition to the AI Apprenticeship programme mentioned above, AI Singapore’s key programmes include fundamental research, addressing Grand Challenges and conducting 100 experiments in collaboration with companies to tackle real-life business problems.

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