MBZUAI Welcomes Business Leaders to First Artificial Intelligence Course


Abu Dhabi University of Artificial Intelligence welcomed 42 business and government leaders to its new executive program on Sunday, as the UAE aims to be at the forefront of AI development.

The 12-week program at Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) aims to provide hands-on training in AI and to make connections between the public and private sectors and the scientific community.

Instructors were brought in from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Oxford University, and Carnegie Mellon University to teach course content.

“AI is proving to be the most important economic accelerator of our time and it is at the heart of the UAE’s national and economic growth agenda”, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies , Managing Director and Managing Director of Adnoc Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MBZUAI, said at the opening ceremony.

“The MBZUAI Executive Program was designed to bring the latest AI methodologies from the classroom to the workplace, where they can make a practical difference. It is a tailor-made, real-world program that focuses on tangible results.

The training program for the country’s under-secretaries and senior government officials is part of a larger effort to set the national agenda for economic growth over the next 50 years.

Last month, the UAE unveiled its 50’s Principles, which set the economic, political and development roadmap for the next half-century – with massive investments slated to support them.

Emirates Development Bank has allocated 5 billion dirhams ($ 1.36 billion) to finance Emirati projects in emerging and critical sectors. Another Dh5bn from the bank aims to transform the industry towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution over a period of five years.

The goal is to add Dh25bn to the country’s GDP.

The first cohort of MBZUAI will participate in seminars on the business, ethical and political dimensions of the AI ​​industry and will cover six courses. These include: machine learning and economics, the future of robotics and ethics, and AI policymaking.

Omar Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work System and Chairman of MBZUAI Advisory Board, addressed the first class.

“There are a lot of promises for governments to deploy AI, and being informed (…) will be the best way forward in shaping the future of your organizations and the UAE government.” , did he declare.

MBZUAI President Professor Eric Xing will teach the first session of the program on the past, present and future of AI and machine learning. The initiative provides for the UAE leadership to engage with the faculty.

This network has the potential “to make really revolutionary things happen,” he said. The program is designed to meet all industries and economic sectors, he added.

Professor Xing will teach alongside Sir Michael Brady, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oxford; Professor Daniela Rus, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT; Professor Michael Jordan, Distinguished Pehong Chen Professor at the University of California, Berkeley; and Dr. Kai-fu Lee, Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures.

Update: October 31, 2021 11:35 a.m.


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