Credit: The Government of Dubai

Credit: The Government of Dubai

Dubai Higher Colleges of Technology promotes AI training and national capacity building

As recently announced, Dubai’s Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), represented by its Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the nation’s capacity building and student training in AI technologies.

The CERT is the commercial, research and training arm of the HCT, which is the largest higher education institution in the UAE. In 1996, CERT established the first Technology Park in the UAE, realising the importance of collaborations and synergies in the fields of education, technology, research and business incubation.

Signing in the presence of Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence Mr Omar Sultan Al Olama, the agreement includes providing specialised training to obtain Oracle professional certification in AI technologies, as well as introducing a specialised programme in AI. The agreement also includes cooperation with CERT to provide training courses to interested organisations and members of society, and introducing a specialised AI programme in collaboration with HCT.

The Minister of State for AI commended the initiatives of academic institutions in the UAE to develop their educational curricula. He praised HCT’s initiative to launch this specialised programme in AI science and technologies.

Minister Al Olama highlighted that capacity building is vital in adopting AI technologies. He emphasised that preparing qualified young Emiratis who are capable of using AI technologies and tools to develop solutions for current and future challenges, is key to the government's efforts to achieve the UAE Strategy for AI.

“Academic institutions in the UAE play a key role in developing educational and training programmes and introducing disciplines that prepare the next generation of leaders who are capable of developing key sector,” he said.

Vice Chancellor of HCT Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi echoed that it is important to empower students with tools and  skills of the future. Over the past years, HCT have worked closely with Oracle in technology education. This MoU enhances partnership between the two sides to benefit the students and empower them with skills of the future.

“Today, we face the challenges associated with the rapid advances, especially in AI technologies. We see this in the Internet of Things (IoT), drones, Big Data, and other technologies that shape the future of the industry and global economic growth. This makes it necessary to empower the youth with these technologies to help them contribute to the UAE development through ideas and innovations related to technological developments,” Dr Al Shamsi said.

Dr Al Shamsi added that this cooperation allows students to visit the Innovation Hub to learn from experts about AI concepts and applications and how to employ them to promote happiness in society. Specialised training will be provided to around 500 students who will be divided into weekly training groups. They will experience first-hand an interesting and realistic experience of various AI applications, and will receive certificates of completion after finishing the training course.

HCT will also discuss with its partner the possibility of introducing an applied academic programme in AI for students to train and get a professional specialised certificate in AI. This will enhance their skills and career prospects after graduation, as well as support one of HCT’s strategic objectives to help students obtain international professional certification.

Dr Al Shamsi also emphasised the importance of AI which will even impact the educational process in the future.

“Big Data will help determine the interests of each student. Using AI, we can prepare a tailored curriculum for each individual student, which will support innovation since people are usually more creative in the areas they are interested in,” he said.

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