Academic City University Introduces a degree in Artificial Intelligence: first in Africa

Academic City University College is poised to lead the sub-region in technology and innovation education by introducing an undergraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Academic City University College is poised to lead the sub-region in technology and innovation education by introducing an undergraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

With the establishment of an undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence, Academic City University College in Accra, Ghana, is poised to lead the sub-region in technology and innovation education (AI). The university will offer an AI degree for the first time in Africa.

The programme, which will start in September 2021, is a part of the university’s short-term endeavour to establish a cadence of new programmes that would consistently challenge the limits of knowledge while giving successful graduates a foothold in the jobs of the future.

It is anticipated that AI will have an exponential impact on the global economy, given current robotics and automation breakthroughs. Industry experts predict that artificial intelligence (AI) will have a $16 trillion economic impact on the world by 2030.

However, it is projected that the emergence of new technologies would both end many current work prospects and create new ones. It is necessary to get ready and acquire and build new abilities for those new jobs in order to take advantage of the new opportunities. In order to prepare African students to guide their continent into the new AI era, Academic City is putting the AI agenda front and centre.

Academic City’s BSc in Artificial Intelligence (AI) seeks to equip graduates with knowledge of emerging advances in computational decision-making sciences and technologies that allow computers and machines to function in an intelligent manner both in the accurate prediction of events and outcomes and in decision-making.

The university recently introduced BSc. in Biomedical Engineering and BSc. in Robotics Engineering. These new programs are deliberately designed to play comfortably at the intersection of AI providing further impetus to new programs in Data Analytics and Advanced Autonomous Systems.

Speaking on the new program, Prof. Fred McBagonluri, President of Academic City, remarked, “In this program, we will explore the ethical dimensions of AI, its strategic impact, as well as the core programs and adjacencies such as robotics, informatics, and data analytics. By this approach, we intend to create a versatile graduate conversant in a broad area of robotics, AI, and informatics while also poised for research in the rapidly evolving fields of AI”.

According to him, AI holds great promise for the Ghanaian and African workforce of the future as many opportunities for its application abound in healthcare, education, transportation, governance, finance, marketing, and journalism, among others.

Our future industrialization efforts across the spectrum of key strategic areas such as manufacturing, agriculture, education, healthcare, etc., are pivoted around robotics. Hence, we can no longer wait to join the AI and robotic wagon,” he further stressed.

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