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ITE and NVIDIA announce partnership to equip students with AI skills

By Glenn Chua - on 19 Jan 2022, 3:45pm

ITE and NVIDIA announce partnership to equip students with AI skills

The MOU was signed by Mr Dennis Ang, NVIDIA's senior director for enterprise business in SEA and ANZ, Ms Low Khah Gek, CEO of ITE, and witnessed by Minister of Education Chan Chun Sing.

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and NVIDIA have launched a three-year partnership to train students for an AI-focused future, with the main highlight of the joint venture coming in the form of a new educational initiative, dubbed the AI Workforce Readiness Programme.

The programme will see students from ITE's School of Electronics and Info-comm Technology get familiar with a suite of AI skillsets in "computer vision, pattern recognition and data analytics", along with training "to support AI applications in predictive maintenance, industrial inspection and video analytics", according to Minister of Education Chan Chun Sing, who officiated the launch.

Additionally, students will be able to participate in AI industry projects and work with companies to co-develop AI solutions. Accompanying this will be a new facility in ITE's Central College in Ang Mo Kio, called AiTE, a lab which will house NVIDIA's supercomputing platform. According to ITE, will be the first facility on campus to enable students to work on real-world AI projects.

Lecturers will also be trained by NVIDIA to become certified instructors, bringing NVIDIA's curriculum to the classroom. All in all, ITE says that close to 400 students will reap the benefits of this partnership each year.

Minister Chan Chun Sing viewing a showcase of NVIDIA AI-powered training and assessment in gate valve maintenance.

The partnership comes as part of Singapore's National AI Strategy, an effort to build up and deploy AI technologies on a widespread scale in Singapore, such that the country becomes a leader in these fields by 2030. Both ITE and NVIDIA hope to nurture young talent at ITE through this collaboration, with NVIDIA's Senior Director for enterprise business in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Mr Dennis Ang, calling the foundational skills that students will learn "invaluable". 

The collaboration was made official with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NVIDIA's Mr Ang and ITE CEO Ms Low Khah Gek, which took place earlier today at ITE Central College. The signing was attended by Minister Chan as well as Mr Keith Strier, NVIDIA Vice President, Worldwide AI Initiatives, through video call.

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