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MIDA, MPC, Intel pushing new height of AI innovations to educational institutions

28/01/2022 07:53 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 -- The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), and Intel Malaysia have awarded Intel’s Artificial Intelligent (AI) Kits to five local universities to ensure a conducive learning environment for the youth.

The five selected universities namely Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, and Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation were awarded the ‘AI-based machine vision’ kits which align with the growth of the emerging technologies by providing educational institutions with an avenue to equip future talents with AI skills.

MIDA chief executive officer Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman said MIDA aspires to emulate the success of the Artificial Intelligence for Universities (AI4U) Programme to initiate multiple academia-industry collaborations, remote learning, giving communities of learners ubiquitous access to knowledge and self-development.

“Besides creating high-value job opportunities, we are responsible for preparing our aspiring young technology innovators and leaders because they are crucial to nation-building in this technologically driven era.

“We hope today’s milestone will trigger new opportunities to emulate similar partnerships between premier universities and the corporate sector to enhance growth in AI-related research activities and commercial product innovation,” he said in a statement today.

Arham said the event is a continuation of the AI4U programme launched by the organisations in November last year to facilitate the building of their respective AI labs among these institutions to cultivate computational thinking skills among students of various fields of study.

Moreover, the MPC director-general Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Seman said MPC was delighted to collaborate with MIDA and Intel Malaysia in the AI4U programme.

“As technology evolves, employers are asking for graduates with different skills as well and higher education will need to respond accordingly.

“As we ramp up our efforts, we gave the education institutions a facelift to reflect our goals for an AI-driven future,” he said.  


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