Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) has opened a centre for applied AI (C4AI) in collaboration with Microsoft.
The centre, which was supported by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), aims to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) adopt AI.
It will also provide industry collaboration projects that students can work on, and add Microsoft certifications to several diplomas, which the institution hopes will give students an edge as they enter the workforce.
“C4AI plays an important role in realising Singapore's Smart Nation goals,” NYP and Microsoft said in a joint statement.
“At C4AI, NYP learners are trained to curate plug-and-play AI solutions on Microsoft cloud that SMEs can use responsibly and safely.
“SMEs can increase efficiency and productivity by reducing repetitive and labour-intensive tasks. Learners are also equipped with the latest AI skills, to become enablers of AI adoption in Singapore.”
In addition to having the opportunity to work on industry collaboration projects at C4AI, NYP students will also hone their skills by participating in projects led by AI Singapore, a national program dedicated to building Singapore's AI capabilities.
The Centre for Applied AI will be a key resource centre for companies to leverage expertise from both NYP and Microsoft as they learn, curate, and adopt AI to boost productivity and capabilities in a sustainable manner,” NYP principal and CEO Jeanne Liew said.
“The co-certifications from Microsoft and the hands-on experiences for our students here will also equip them with future-ready AI skills to support industry needs."