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Bahrain Polytechnic has officially launched a new division called the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Academy to empower students who wish to take up the rapidly evolving technology as a career choice.

The move was taken in collaboration with Tamkeen and Microsoft as per the directives of His Highness Sh. Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee.

The inauguration of the first batch took place on Sept 5, 2020, with 38 confirmed participants who were handpicked from a total of 126 applicants. The participants include school and university students, as well as job seekers and professionals. 

The participants were selected by a committee comprising representatives of Bahrain Polytechnic, Tamkeen, and Microsoft. The selection process included a detailed interview where participants were assessed on the basis of their knowledge, relevant academic credentials, personal skills, experience, and project idea.

The Artificial Intelligence Academy is the first of its type of institute in the Middle East and it will be offering an integrated special program based on cutting-edge innovation in the field of AI research and development.

Commenting on the initiative, Bahrain Polytechnic’s Deputy CEO of Resources and Information Affairs, and Chair of the Artificial Intelligence Academy Committee, Sh. Ali bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, explained, “The Artificial Intelligence Academy aims to support the Kingdom of Bahrain’s initiatives related to AI, under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa which called to strengthen Bahrain’s role as a country that supports the implementation of sustainable development goals in the scientific field.”