UK universities to offer advanced courses in artificial intelligence

FOREIGN students, including from India, can apply for post graduate courses in artificial intelligence (AI) as part of a joint government-industry plan to promote the sector, business secretary Greg Clark and digital secretary Jeremy Wright announced today (21).

A £110 million government invested package includes up to 200 new AI masters places at UK universities funded by companies such as DeepMind, QuantumBlack, Cisco and BAE Systems, in collaboration with the Institute of Coding and British Computer Society

Nearly 1,000 students can pursue PhDs at 16 dedicated UK Research and Innovation AI Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

Five fellowships have also been created in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute.

Describing the UK a nation of innovators, Clark said AI skills and talent will help “nurture leading UK and international talent to ensure we retain our world-beating reputation in research and development.

“Artificial intelligence has great potential to drive up productivity and enhance every industry throughout our economy, from more effective disease diagnosis to building smart homes. Today’s announcement is our modern Industrial Strategy in action, investing in skills and talent to drive high skilled jobs, growth and productivity across the UK,” he said.

Digital secretary Jeremy Wright said the joint plan will help maintain the UK’s reputation as a “trailblazer in emerging technologies.”

He added: “The UK is not only the birthplace to the father of artificial intelligence, Alan Turing, but we are leading the way on work to ensure AI innovation has ethics at its core. We want to keep up this momentum and cement our reputation as pioneers in AI.”