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Singapore’s national AI programme enters into three new partnerships

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During last week, AI Singapore signed MOUs with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Intel Corporation and PwC Singapore, to pursue research, develop skills and talent, and ensure responsible AI adoption.

During this past week, AI Singapore signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs), reiterating AI Singapore’s commitment to pursue research, develop skills and talent, as well as embrace new technologies in AI-related areas. The three MOUs were signed with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Intel Corporation and PwC Singapore.

AI Singapore [1] was launched in May 2017 by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore with up to S$150 million in funding to catalyse, synergise and boost Singapore’s AI capabilities.

AI Singapore’s key programmes include fundamental research, addressing Grand Challenges and conducting 100 experiments in collaboration with companies to tackle real-life business problems. It also runs an AI Apprenticeship programme through a collaboration with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

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The Labour Movement has been focusing on expanding its outreach in emerging ICT areas, such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, immersive media and internet of things, to curate relevant programmes that meet the progression needs of Professionals, Managers, and Executives.

AI Singapore was one of three new ICT associations which signed a MOU to join the NTUC U Associate ecosystem on 12 March 2018. The other two MOUs were signed with (ISC)2 Singapore Chapter and Tech Singapore Advocates. Through these new partnerships, NTUC can now reach out to about 40,000 professionals in the ICT sector.

As part of the 2-year MOU signed between AI Singapore and NTUC, both parties will explore projects of mutual interests in data analytics and AI for NTUC, undertake visits by engineering staff and collaborators for discussion; participate in outreach and development activities or events; and exchange scientific, academic and technical information, if appropriate.

“This partnership with NTUC will allow AI Singapore to reach a wider ecosystem in Singapore. With NTUC’s U Associate network of 67 associations (representing more than 250,000 members from different professions), we believe that they will each be impacted by AI in one way or another. We want to be there to support their adoption and evolution journey as AI becomes pervasive in their sector,” said Mr Laurence Liew, Director of Industry Innovation, AI Singapore.

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Article Credit: Open Gov

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