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Upskilling Singapore Citizens and Residents as part of National AI Strategy
Supported by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), knowITgetIT helps to equip the workforce through technology training, with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Udacity—the online learning and talent transformation platform powering the careers of the future—has partnered with Temasek Polytechnic (TP), a leading institution of higher education in Singapore, to offer joint Nanodegree programs to Singapore citizens and residents. Supported by SkillsFuture Singapore, the knowITgetIT program offers cutting-edge technology coursework aimed to advance Singaporeans’ practical skills across a variety of disciplines, including artificial intelligence and machine learning.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Temasek Polytechnic to offer the best of Udacity to Singaporeans,” said Gabe Dalporto, CEO of Udacity. “Temasek is at the forefront of Singapore’s upskilling efforts, and we couldn’t be more excited to contribute to the national transformation into an AI-equipped workforce.”
“We were drawn to Udacity’s real-world project-based learning method because it aligns with Temasek Polytechnic’s own teaching philosophy,” said John Leong, Director of Temasek SkillsFuture Academy at Temasek Polytechnic Singapore. “We’re excited about giving Singaporeans more access to Udacity’s rigorous and cutting-edge technology curriculum to further their careers.”
The first Nanodegree programs to be available through the partnership are AI Programming with Python, Introduction to Machine Learning with TensorFlow, and Machine Learning Engineer. Over a three-month period, knowITgetIT participants will receive the high-quality training from subject matter experts that is a hallmark of a Udacity Nanodegree program. In addition, participants will take part in virtual “Connect Sessions” with Udacity instructors to receive mentorship and support throughout the duration of their program.
Applications for the TP/Udacity program will be accepted through August 21, 2021 at this website. Applicants who pass Udacity’s technical assessment and are Singapore citizens or permanent residents can apply for a SkillsFuture Singapore course fee subsidy of up to 90% through August 12, 2021. The pilot cohort of this program will kick off on August 30, 2021 and consist of 150 learners who are seeking full-time roles in an AI-related career.
The TP/Udacity partnership furthers the goals of Singapore’s National AI Strategy, launched in 2019 to deepen the country’s use of AI technologies and transform the economy. Demand for workers versed in AI is at an all-time high; programs like knowITgetIT will help more Singaporeans gain the necessary skills to assume and excel in those roles.