February 22, 2024

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NYP boosts AI education and research with MoU

Students and staff of Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and working professional can look forward to AI training courses.

AI Education in Singapore

The courses are offered as part of the newly inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NYP and YITU Technology. The latter conducts AI research and innovation for advanced AI-based business solutions in the areas of machine vision, speech and language understanding.

A three-year partnership, the MoU serves to jointly develop industry-relevant AI training courses aimed at boosting local AI skillsets, in line with Singapore’s Smart Nation push. Continuous education and workforce upskilling are key messages of the Smart Nation initiative.

The company’s R&D Director, Dr Zhang Zhenjie said, “The rapid advancement of AI technologies plays an important role in furthering Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. As more enterprises seek to adopt AI to pivot and transform their businesses, there has also been a corresponding demand for AI expertise and skillsets. Our collaboration with NYP is a timely step forward in addressing the growing industry demand for AI talent.”

Participants of the program will be informed on real-life AI applications and case studies based on the AI company’s insights into industry trends will be part of the curriculum.

Furthermore, students and staff of NYP will be granted access to the company’s AI technologies to build their own AI applications for final-year and R&D projects in related areas such as aerospace, Internet of Things (IoT) and Human Factor Engineering.

During the AI training, students and staff will be equipped with practical hands-on experience in building AI applications for industries which include retail and financial services.

Taking the classroom into the real world, the company will provide internship opportunities for NYP learners and NYP staff training as well as company visits. Close to 300 spaces have been allocated for this opportunity.

AI Education: A Lifelong Journey

For those out of school but ready to hit the books again, the MoU provides advanced and masterclass AI courses which have been jointly developed by NYP and YITU. The classes are part of NYP’s Continuing Education and Training (CET) curriculum. The AI courses have a special focus on upskilling and retraining to prepare CET learners for AI-related roles. This will be important as more jobs in the future will require some form of AI in workplace processes.

Mr Lee Youn Kay, Director of NYP’s School of Engineering said, “AI is a disruptive technology capable of transforming various industries. Through this timely collaboration between NYP and YITU, our learners will continue to deepen their skillsets in AI. They will be able to harness AI technologies to tackle challenges faced by retail and other industries, creating more opportunities for this technology to be used in both work and play.”

This isn’t the first time the company has collaborated with an academic institution. Since its launch, the company has been focused on developing the local AI talent pool through deep partnerships with academia and industry.

A Partnership of Opportunities

Three other areas of collaboration have also been set out in the MoU, deepening the partnership between the organisations.

The first is to enhance student engagement. Partners will explore the use of AI technologies to enhance campus services and improve classroom training.

Second, more efforts will be placed on improving employee readiness-for-work evaluation. AI technologies can be used to evaluate this, thus raising workplace productivity.

Thirdly, the partners seek to use AI retail technologies to offer consumers a unique retail experience and boost a retailer’s competitive edge.

The YITU R&D Centre will be available to NYP staff and students to research and testbed these AI solutions. They will also have the opportunity to work closely with the company’s AI researchers.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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