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UAE Ministry of Education joins Coursera, aims to close country’s digital skills gap

Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda speaks at the launch of Coursera’s new AI features and products to support the UAE’s talent transformation agenda towards a digital future. — Photo supplied

Published: Monday, October 9, 2023, 7:52 p.m.

Last update: Monday, October 9, 2023, 9:53 p.m.

More than 50 per cent of jobs in institutions around the world, including those in the United Arab Emirates, are expected to be automated, as artificial intelligence with generative capabilities is poised to revolutionize the education sector, said a expert.

“While traditional AI in workforce education and training automated around 15 percent of work tasks, the introduction of GPT-4 has significantly increased this figure, enabling more than half of work tasks in educators become automated to some extent. So the whole world of education will change… in higher education, vocational education and also K-12,” Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said.

Speaking at the launch of Coursera’s new AI features and products to support the UAE’s talent transformation agenda towards a digital future, he emphasized that AI can not only analyze the learning patterns of individual students and provide materials personalized learning programs that fit your specific learning needs and pace, but you can also automate administrative tasks like grading, scheduling, and resource allocation, allowing educators to focus more on teaching and “accelerating the way people work.” ”.

With a selection of over 4,000 courses translated into Arabic using artificial intelligence, people in the UAE can now learn from the best educators around the world, allowing them to upskill themselves for the digital age.

With the national digital economy projected to grow by $140 billion by 2031, the online course provider aims to close the UAE’s digital skills gap and equip students with in-demand skills, supporting growth economic of the country.

Maggioncalda added: “Our mission is to create equitable access to world-class learning, and today marks a great moment as we use the power of AI to close the language gap for millions of people across the country.”

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Students can access course readings, lecture video captions, quizzes, assessments, peer review instructions, and discussion prompts, all in the local language.

Initially, Coursera enterprise, campus, and government customers will be able to access translated content and will roll out to all students in the coming months.

Coursera reaches agreement with UAE ministry

The typical age of students in the UAE is around 34 years old, and includes people who are already established in their careers or are contemplating one.

“Of them, 41 percent are women and 59 percent are men. Additionally, 43 percent of Coursera students use mobile devices for their learning.”

Meanwhile, Coursera also entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Education (MoE) of the United Arab Emirates for universities here to pave the way for accepting ACE-accredited courses (which looks at the creditworthiness of non-traditional learning content).


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