KAUST launches the “LLI” initiative to support development in Saudi Arabia - Saudi News

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has launched the Continuing Learning Initiative (LLI), a series of practical educational training courses designed to support Saudi Arabia’s priorities in key development areas and the development of the labor market across the public and private sectors.

The initiative comes in the form of mini-courses, provided by global expertise from KAUST in areas such as cyber security, food security and semiconductor technology. These courses will be available to citizens and residents in the Kingdom, with their various skills and experiences, from recent graduates to business professionals and executives in companies.

The inaugural courses will focus on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and are intended for those who have basic programming and coding skills and are interested in advancing their knowledge in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

The first chapter will include the launch of the machine learning technology training camp, between May 10-12, 2022 in Riyadh.

Participants in this course will learn basic concepts in machine learning technology and deep neural networks, and acquire necessary skills in areas such as network engineering and data visualization, and will conclude with a comprehensive project in machine learning technology using tools such as (Scikit-Learn) and (PyTorch).

Additional courses in artificial intelligence and other topics will be added on later dates at KAUST and various locations across the Kingdom.

The AI ​​curricula were developed under the supervision of the KAUST Artificial Intelligence Initiative (AII) in partnership with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAYA), a government body established by royal order on August 30, 2019 to create a data-driven government and economy powered by AI.

SDAYA provides relevant resources in the areas of research, program development, training, and continuing education. KAUST’s Artificial Intelligence Initiative Programme, managed by the Vice Rector’s Office and chaired by Professor Jürgen Schmidhuber, known as the “Father of Artificial Intelligence,” draws on a network of AI experts around the world aimed at advancing interdisciplinary education and developing networking and engagement opportunities locally and globally.

Artificial intelligence is an important topic for the Kingdom for its superior capabilities to improve performance, business efficiency and decision-making in vital areas such as security, medicine, data analysis and digital communications.

KAUST President Professor Tony Chan said: “The Continuing Learning Initiative is essentially an educational initiative outside the academic framework of KAUST, and at the same time, a clear example of the university’s efforts and contributions to the national development movement. Since its inception, KAUST has aimed to raise the level of knowledge within the Kingdom and spread it worldwide through scientific and technical excellence in its academic programs. That is why we designed continuous learning courses to focus on and build on this goal, to enhance expertise and competencies within the Kingdom in the government and business sectors, and to support the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by revitalizing the Saudi economy.”

Participants who successfully complete the courses will receive a Micro Certificate, equivalent to one credit hour, which can be used in the professional development of employees or a Continuing Learning Initiative Diploma upon completion of 36 credit hours.

You can visit the KAUST Continuing Learning Initiative website for course details, prerequisites and registration details: https://kl3i.kaust.edu.sa/


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