Leiden University as source of inspiration for new master program in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

Across Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka there is an urgent need to develop appropriate educational programs to build skills in data science and artificial intelligence. From 11 until 15 November, European and Asian experts in Artificial Intelligence education met at Leiden University to agree on a novel curriculum for a master program in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Joining the digital era

Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka stand to make significant gains from developing good teaching programs in the area of data science and AI. The aim is to modernize the economy, make the transition to a knowledge economy and join the digital era. The Erasmus+ DS&AI project on Curriculum Development in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence has been introduced to help with this aim.

The members of the meeting.

Novel curriculum

Participants of the meeting visited the Centre of Innovation of Leiden University to experience the use of Data Intelligence and Augmented and Virtual Realities in educational programs. Meetings with teaching and research staff at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), and visits to the Media Lab, the Media Tech Lab and the Image Lab were also part of the week’s program. The outcome of the meeting is a novel curriculum for a master program in data science and artificial intelligence, which will be implemented by the Asian Universities partners from the academic year 2020-2021.

LIACS was host of the meeting, and is one of the founding member of the DS&AI project under the coordination of the director of education Marcello Bonsangue. Other members of the project are Felienne Hermans (head of the programming education group), Frank Takes (member of the Teaching Academy), Suzan Verberne, Jan van Rijn and Esme Caubo.

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