The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Singapore and global technology giant Microsoft partner to equip more than 4000 students with responsible artificial intelligence (AI) skills.
As a part of this collaboration, Microsoft opens its new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab at ITE College East, which will serve as an innovation hub for ITE students to learn about AI principles, skills, and applications in various sectors.
This is a step towards fulfilling the ever-increasing demand for a skilled workforce in emerging new-age technology fields.
ITE is offering an AI-focused curriculum to students commencing their ITE experience in the 2022 Academic Year as part of its new 3-year Higher Nitec full-time program. “ITE is committed to equipping our students with AI social and technical skills for real-world applications and enabling them to be AI-ready for work,” said Low Khah Gek, Chief Executive Officer of ITE.
Gek further added that they have been able to design a comprehensive AI-focused curriculum with a unique ‘movie-fication’ pedagogy that will excite and inspire their students’ creativity, thanks to their partnership with Microsoft.
According to Microsoft, students from all three ITE Colleges, including Higher Nitec in IT Applications Development, Higher Nitec in IT Systems and Networks, Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security, and Higher Nitec in Business Information Systems, can enroll in the elective course. The application process for these courses has already started.
Director of Public Sector Group, Microsoft Singapore, Lum Seow Khun, said, “Singapore continues to deploy AI at a national scale as it moves to develop its position as a Smart Nation through Industry Transformation plans. Organizations continue to see a gap in AI skill sets and talent as they adopt machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing.”
Khun also mentioned that they seek to leverage digital literacy as a driver for proper growth through collaborations like these while also bridging the gap between skill and employment for a resilient, digitally inclusive Singapore.