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China’s UBTECH Robotics Signed $362M AI Education Project In The UAE

Chinese AI and humanoid robotic company UBTECH Robotics has signed an artificial intelligence (AI) education project cooperation agreement with Royal Strategic Partners L.L.C (RSP), an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Capital Group (ADCG) in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on November 11th.

This is the company’s another historical record of AI education projects in the international market.

ADCG is a well-known large-scale investment company in the UAE. It manages assets of over US$20 billion and has worked with China’sleading platforms such as Didi. With the high-quality development of the “Belt and Road” construction in recent years, China and the UAE continue to deepen cooperation. Aiming at this strategic opportunity, ADCG is also gradually establishing cooperative relations with Chinese internet and high-tech innovative enterprises.

Based on the technological advantages of UBTECH in the field of AI and the global operation experience of AI education solutions, the two parties jointly develop artificial intelligence talent cultivation plans which involves RMB2.5 billion (US$362.4 million). The project will build AI teaching laboratories for 1310 primary and secondary schools in 7 emirates of the UAE in four years.

As a strategic technology and disruptive technology, AI is profoundly affecting the world. Countries around the world have developed AI as an important strategy to enhance national competitiveness. As the richest country in the Middle East with a per capita GDP of US$70,000, the UAE has also vigorously promoted the development of AI in recent years. In 2017, the UAE appointed Omar Ulema, the world’s first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. In 2018, the UAE Cabinet approved the establishment of the “Artificial Intelligence Committee”. The government officially launched the “National Artificial Intelligence Strategy of 2031” in this April, with an aim to make the UAE a global leader in artificial intelligence in 2031.

AI will become the new "oil" in the UAE, providing a full range of core areas of transportation, tourism, medical care and education. The development of artificial intelligence and the cultivation of talents are the key. At present, the UAE government has established the world’s first personal intelligence university, Muhammad Bin Zayed, in Abu Dhabi.

In the future, the UAE will work together with UBTECH to further promote the localization and development of AI education solutions. The related courses in primary and secondary schools and universities will provide a steady stream of fresh blood for the AI industry. As a new front for AI education in the Arab world, the UAE will lead the Middle East and North Africa to build an AI talent training system that is in line with local cultural customs and educational concepts.

UBTECH has established a complete curriculum system in artificial intelligence the AI education field, covering small, junior, high, high vocational and colleges. The company has formed a unique AI education solution using human figures and assembling robots as smart carriers.

The company recently reached a strategic cooperation with the UNESCO Higher Education Innovation Center. It is accelerating the development of the global market and will explore localized application models in multiple countries along the route following the national “Belt and Road” strategy.

(This article is translated from UBTECH Robotics. You can see the original article in Chinese here.)