Finland strengthens Europeans’ digital skills – the Elements of AI online course becomes available in Ireland on 30 October

Finland strengthens Europeans’ digital skills – the Elements of AI online course becomes available in Ireland on 30 October

Finland makes the Elements of AI online course available for EU citizens during the period 2020–2021. Finland offers free access to the Elements of AI online course to one per cent of EU citizens, thereby strengthening digital competence within the EU. Elements of AI is a free online course designed and organised by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor, a Finnish technology company. The objective of the course is to encourage everyone, regardless of age or educational background, to learn the basics of artificial intelligence. The course will be launched in Ireland on October 30, 2020. In Ireland, the local partner is University College Cork (UCC). The course will be launched as a part of Silicon Republic’s Future Human event.

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Finland makes the Elements of AI online course available for EU citizens during the period 2020–2021. Finland offers free access to the Elements of AI online course to one per cent of EU citizens, thereby strengthening digital competence within the EU. The course will be launched in Ireland on October 30, 2020. The plan is to launch the course in Gaelic at a later date.

Artificial intelligence is one of Europe’s future success factors; it provides opportunities for growth and competitiveness. Elements of AI is a free online course designed and organised by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor, a Finnish technology company. The objective of the course is to encourage everyone, regardless of age or educational background, to learn the basics of artificial intelligence.

“In the age of digital transformation, we need new skills. Every EU citizen should understand the basics of artificial intelligence. Equal access to education is one of Finland’s strengths, and we now want to share our expertise with other countries,” says the Ambassador of Finland in Ireland, Raili Lahnalampi.

A research-based course lays the foundation for a critical understanding of artificial intelligence

In Ireland, the local partner is University College Cork (UCC). As the academic partner, UCC provides students with support in completing the course, and grants credits for the course. The course will be launched as a part of Silicon Republic’s Future Human event.

This initiative was part of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Finland held the Presidency from 1 July to 31 December 2019. During its Presidency, Finland emphasised the importance of sustainable growth, the development of the internal market, the effective use of research, innovation and digitalisation, and investing in citizens’ skills. The European Commission was responsible for the course material translations.

Link to course: www.elementsofai.com/ie

 

Enquiries:

Deputy Head of Mission: Anne Mutanen [email protected]