HCT cooperates with Oracle for national capacity-building in AI

DUBAI 12th May, 2018 (WAM) — The Higher Colleges of Technology, HCT, represented by its Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training, CERT, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Oracle, the global company specialised in computer software, information technology and artificial intelligence, AI.

Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, attended the signing of the MoU, under which the two sides will cooperate in the nation’s capacity-building and student-training and empowerment in AI technologies.

The agreement includes providing specialised training to obtain Oracle professional certification in AI technologies, as well as introducing a specialised programme in AI.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of HCT, and Arun Khehar, Oracle’s Senior Vice President for the Applications Business for Eastern Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, ECEMEA.

Al Olama 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 Artificial Intelligence.”

“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 the key sector,” he added.

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.

Dr. Al Shamsi highlighted the importance of cooperating with Oracle, the global organisation specialised in modern technologies, especially AI. Over the past years, HCT has worked closely with Oracle in technology education. This MoU enhances the 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’s development through ideas and innovations related to technological developments,” he said.

Dr. Al Shamsi added that the agreement with Oracle 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 various AI applications first-hand and will receive certificates of completion. HCT will also discuss with Oracle the possibility of introducing an applied academic programme in AI for students to train and get a professional specialised certificate. 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.

The agreement includes cooperation in several areas. These include training programmes for students to get Oracle professional certification, as well as “Train the Trainer” programme through specialised workshops for the faculty of HCT and CERT. The agreement also includes cooperation with CERT to provide Oracle training courses to interested organisations and members of society and introducing a specialised AI programme in collaboration with HCT.


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