The Labour Fund “Tamkeen”, in cooperation with Bahrain Polytechnic and Microsoft, has recently announced the inauguration of the Artificial Intelligence Academy in Bahrain Polytechnic, with the aim of providing a platform to enhance innovation and creativity capabilities of the youth in the field of artificial intelligence.

This came on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2019, which was hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain from April 15 to April 18, 2019. The event brought together entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and economic policymakers from over 170 countries.

The inauguration of the Academy follows the directives of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and Chairman of Bahrain Olympic Committee, instructing to accelerate including academic specialisations that are related to artificial intelligence in the educational system of the Kingdom of Bahrain, especially after the remarkable participation of the youth in the annual “Khalid Bin Hamad Contest for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence”, a demonstration of Bahrain’s youth’s willingness to engage in the A.I. field. 

The Academy will aim to train and qualify 60 trainee students from Bahrain’s schools and universities as well as their teachers using an integrated syllabus incorporating artificial intelligence, data analysis, data science and machine basics.

The programme is considered to be a key strategic step that serves strengthening the leading regional position of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the field of artificial intelligence technology, and to qualify a pioneering class by establishing a specialised base of Bahraini competencies and cadres in the region.

The specialised training programme will take place over the course of one year, wherein trainees must pass 10 stations and solve a real-world problem using knowledge and expertise gained to complete the programme.


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