‘FUTURIA’: AN APPLIED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TRAINING PLATFORM FOR UNIVERSITIES ACROSS EUROPE

‘FUTURIA’: AN APPLIED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TRAINING PLATFORM FOR UNIVERSITIES ACROSS EUROPE

First steps of the Erasmus+ ‘TSAAI’ project, coordinated by the University of Malaga in partnership with seven international partners, among which the International Balkan University, Skopje, North Macedonia.

The demands for jobs in expert profiles in artificial intelligence have grown considerably in the last three years. The forecast for the next decade is that it will continue to grow and will not be able to be covered with the educational offer that exists today. This demand will not only come from large technology companies, but many new companies (start-ups) will need expert profiles in artificial intelligence.

‘TSAAI’ project – Transferal Skills in Applied Artificial Intelligence – of the Erasmus+ ‘KA2’ Programme of the modality of ‘Partnerships for Cooperation’ in the category of ‘Higher Education’ which as main challenges promote intercultural cooperation and understanding and increase ties between countries.

The project aims to strengthen transversal skills in applied artificial intelligence in higher education in different fields and degrees, which is co-organized by the University of Malaga (UMA) in Spain, and integrates seven partners internationally, and begins to take its first steps.

Partner universities in ‘TSAAI’ project are Offenburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Jožef Stefan Institute and Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School (Slovenia), International Balkan University (North Macedonia), Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), and University of Rijeka (Croatia).

Internationalization of education

The result of the ‘TSAAI’ project will be the training platform ‘FUTURIA’ with three years of implementation, granted by the European Commission with more than 370,000 euros.

Promoting learning in artificial intelligence competencies applied through transversal and inclusive content is the objective of this initiative, which is committed to the internationalization of education.

“We seek to fill the gaps in training on artificial intelligence for university students throughout Europe, in the face of an existing demand for professionals that will continue to increase in the next decade,” explains Francisco López Valverde, a researcher at the Department of Languages and Computer Science of the UMA, one of the promoters of this project.

Early intellectual products

The first face-to-face meeting of the team, including 28 members from multidisciplinary scientific areas, was held in May 2022.

The creation of a multilingual website that integrates the platform, on the one hand, and the development of the course curricula, on the other, will be the first two intellectual products to be launched. The website is scheduled to be open by the end of 2022.