Five universities receives Intel’s Artificial Intelligent (AI) Kits

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by TMR FILE

THE Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), in conjunction with Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) and Intel Malaysia has awarded five local universities with Intel’s Artificial Intelligent (AI) Kits.

This handover is a continuation of the Artificial Intelligence for Universities (AI4U) program launched by those organisations in November 2021.

It is aimed to facilitate the building of their respective AI Labs among these institutions to cultivate computational thinking skills among students of various fields of study.

The universities involved are Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Universiti Tenaga Nasional and Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation.

MPF Director General, Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Seman said MPC is delighted to collaborate with MIDA and Intel Malaysia in the AI4U program.

“In line with technological advancement, employers are asking for graduates with different skills and higher education will need to respond accordingly,” he said.

“We gave education institutions a facelift as we scale up our efforts to reflect our ambitions for an AI-driven future,” said Abdul Latif.

Designed with innovation in mind, the ‘AI-based machine vision’ kits align with the growth of emerging technologies by providing education institutions an avenue to equip future talents with AI skills.

This sponsorship will also improve training and learning skills, kickstart technological theory and design research, and introduce intelligent computing and machine learning.

Meanwhile, CEO of MIDA, Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman, noted that education unlocks collaborative and remote learning, giving communities of learners ubiquitous access to knowledge and self-development.

“MIDA aspires to emulate the success of the AI4U Programme to initiate multiple academia-industry collaborations because such initiatives are fundamental to our future,” he said in the welcoming remarks.

“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,” he added.

The five selected universities are expected to establish their respective AI labs, which will serve to empower students of all faculties to learn and experience AI.

This program is also designed to enable the universities computer science faculties to become peer trainers for their respective computer science students and lecturers.