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Tamkeen, the labour fund and one of the most active supporters of Bahrain’s thriving startup ecosystem, has teamed up with Microsoft and Bahrain Polytechnic to launch a new Artificial Intelligence Academy.

The Academy will be a part of Bahrain Polytechnic and it will be optimized to facilitate an ideal platform to students interested in pursuing a career in the realm of AI.

The goal is to handpick 60 promising students and then provide them with an exhaustive training “using an integrated syllabus incorporating artificial intelligence, data analysis, data science, and machine basics,” Tamkeen noted in a press release.

Over the span of a year, the trainees will be required to pass 10 stations and find solutions to a real-world problem using the knowledge and exposure gained throughout the program.

The concept of the Academy was seeded after 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, issued a directive to concerned government departments to build a framework for improving the state of AI education in the country.

The announcement revealing the new initiative was made on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurial Congress (GEC) 2019, held in the Kingdom. As we covered last week, the 11th edition of the mega-event, held from Apr 15 to Apr 18, brought together investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, economic policymakers, researchers, and key government officials from 170 countries across the world.