Malaysia’s AI Sandbox Programme Targets 900 Startups and 13,000 Talents by 2026

Malaysia launches the AI Sandbox pilot programme in collaboration with the Higher Education Ministry and Nvidia, aiming to foster 900 AI startups and cultivate 13,000 new talents by 2026. The initiative underscores Malaysia’s commitment to driving innovation and talent development in the AI sector, with plans to establish specialized AI faculties and provide resources to support entrepreneurship and research in artificial intelligence.

19 April 2024 – Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang announced the launch of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Sandbox pilot programme, aiming to catalyze the emergence of up to 900 AI startups and cultivate over 13,000 new talents by 2026. The collaborative initiative, involving the Higher Education Ministry and Nvidia, seeks to drive innovation and talent development in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence.

The AI Sandbox programme, unveiled at the Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (Mranti) Park in Bukit Jalil, underscores Malaysia’s commitment to fostering a vibrant AI ecosystem. Chang highlighted the pivotal role of collaboration between government agencies, higher education institutions, and industry partners in nurturing innovation and driving economic growth.

During the launch event, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abd Kadir emphasized the government’s comprehensive AI policy and forthcoming initiatives to establish an AI Faculty involving 20 public and 20 private universities. The AI Faculty, set to launch soon, will provide specialized training and resources to equip students with the skills needed to excel in the AI-driven economy.

Nvidia Vice President Keith Strier commended Malaysia’s proactive approach to harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence, emphasizing the importance of public-private partnerships in advancing technological innovation and talent development.

As part of the AI Sandbox pilot programme, participants will gain access to specialized labs and resources aimed at fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the AI sector. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is set to inaugurate the first AI Faculty at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) on May 10, marking a significant milestone in Malaysia’s journey towards becoming a regional hub for AI research and education.

With UTM expected to commence its academic programme in October this year, the launch of the AI Faculty represents a significant step forward in Malaysia’s efforts to position itself at the forefront of AI innovation and talent development. – ref: The Star

Author: Terry KS

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