A university course for post-graduates that focuses on Artificial Intelligence has been launched in South Africa. This has been achieved by a collaboration between the Central University of Technology, based in the Free State, and ICT services company Gijima.
The course material was jointly developed by Microsoft and Gijima and is focused primarily on Artificial Intelligence. The aim is to arm recent graduates with the skills needed to examine data, model and visualise it, and gain insights from it with which to create intelligent solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow.
And as we’re in the age of social distancing, the material will be taught using a blended learning model, where traditional teaching methodologies will be used alongside online learning and instructor-led training to educate course participants.
Vodacom Business states on the section of their website that’s dedicated to the Connected Digital Education platform that “We are making connectivity & “school as usual” possible for more students, educators & schools – bridging the affordability gap and giving more access to those who really need it whilst providing them with more of the things they are interested in, more opportunities for engagement and more opportunities to share their world’s and increase their knowledge with others.”
The story, which was published on ITWeb, says that the 12-month course “…includes mentorship and coaching by industry experts, business skills, Microsoft Azure AI associate certification, guest lecturers, as well as examination and certification.”
The Central University of Technology told ITWeb that the course was brought in to address the demand for AI-related skills not only in the Free State, but in South Africa as a whole. This goes hand in hand with Microsoft’s own philosophy of expanding the online learning options for South African learners, which they’ve expressed by being involved in initiatives like Vodacom Business’s Connected Digital Education platform.
BUM at Gijima, Aranka Verster, said that “Enabling South African talent with AI training and certification will change the journey and destiny of our country in a period where technology is driving innovation and changing all spheres of society.”
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