As 20 melhores universidades de IA formam a primeira turma de Ph.D.

101 formandos impulsionam o ecossistema de IA dos Emirados Árabes Unidos com avanços em pesquisa, desenvolvimento e aplicações comerciais – criando um centro tecnológico de IA do Sul Global

ABU DHABI, Emirados Árabes Unidos, June 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sua Alteza Xeque Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Príncipe Herdeiro de Abu Dhabi e Presidente do Conselho Executivo de Abu Dhabi, participou da cerimônia de formatura de 2024 da Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) em 6 de junho, na qual foram diplomados 101 alunos de 22 países, que receberam títulos de pós-graduação nas principais áreas de IA, incluindo visão computacional (CV), aprendizado de máquina (ML) e processamento de linguagem natural (NLP).

O evento também contou com a presença de Sua Excelência o Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Ministro da Indústria e Tecnologia Avançada dos Emirados Árabes Unidos e Presidente Fundador do Conselho de Administração da MBZUAI, além de outras autoridades.

“Antes de muitos outros países reconhecerem seu potencial, as políticas lideradas pelo governo incentivaram a expansão da IA nos Emirados Árabes Unidos”, disse o Dr. Al Jaber. “Essas políticas promoveram o sucesso de empresas como a G42 e grandes modelos de linguagem como a Falcon. Consequentemente, esse pequeno país está criando um ecossistema de alto nível para talentos e empreendedorismo em IA. Estamos atraindo grandes investimentos de proeminentes empresas de tecnologia, como a Microsoft, e emergindo como um importante centro de inovação e aplicação de IA.”

O Dr. Al Jaber observou que o crescimento da IA é uma das três megatendências que moldam o futuro, juntamente com o ritmo acelerado da transição energética e a ascensão dos mercados emergentes e do Sul Global: “A crescente experiência da turma de 2024 será fundamental para solucionar alguns dos desafios mais urgentes do mundo. Na verdade, se quisermos atingir as metas ambiciosas do histórico Consenso dos Emirados Árabes Unidos, acordado na COP28 em dezembro em Dubai, a IA deve ter um papel crítico.”

A terceira e maior formatura da MBZUAI celebrou o primeiro Ph.D. da universidade em ML, além de mestres em ML (55), CV (28) e PNL (12), contando com alunos provenientes de países como Emirados Árabes Unidos, Canadá, Reino Unido, França, Índia, Vietnã, Paquistão, Etiópia e Sri Lanka.

O presidente da MBZUAI e professor universitário, Eric Xing, disse: “A turma de 2024 da MBZUAI é composta pelos futuros líderes de tecnologia, inovação e criatividade, e está preparada para aceitar a responsabilidade inerente à administração de algo tão poderoso e transformador. Eles nos deixam com o conhecimento, as habilidades e uma profunda compreensão da oportunidade que têm diante de si – a chance de moldar um futuro em que a IA sirva à humanidade com compaixão e padrões éticos inabaláveis – estão prontos para enfrentar os maiores desafios do mundo atual.”

Cinco anos depois de sua criação, a MBZUAI é hoje reconhecida como uma das 100 melhores universidades do mundo em ciência da computação e está classificada entre as 20 melhores por suas especializações em IA, CV, ML, PNL e robótica (CSRankings).

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L’université classée parmi les 20 premières dans le domaine de l’IA décerne le diplôme de Ph.D. à sa première promotion

Au total, 101 diplômés dynamisent l’écosystème de recherche, de développement et d’applications commerciales de l’IA aux Émirats arabes unis, créant ainsi un pôle technologique de l’IA dans le Sud global

ABU DHABI, Émirats arabes unis, 08 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Son Altesse Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Prince héritier d’Abu Dhabi et Président du Conseil exécutif d’Abu Dhabi, ont assisté le 6 juin à la cérémonie de remise des diplômes 2024 de l’Université Mohamed bin Zayed d’intelligence artificielle (MBZUAI), récompensant 101 diplômés originaires de 22 pays, qui ont obtenu des diplômes de troisième cycle dans des domaines clés de l’IA, notamment la vision artificielle (CV), l’apprentissage automatique (ML) et le traitement du langage naturel (NLP).

Son Excellence Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, ministre de l’Industrie et des technologies avancées des Émirats arabes unis et président fondateur du conseil d’administration du MBZUAI, a également assisté à l’événement, parmi d’autres dignitaires.

« Les politiques gouvernementales ont encouragé la promotion de l’IA aux Émirats arabes unis avant que de nombreux autres pays n’en reconnaissent le potentiel », a déclaré Dr Al Jaber. « Elles ont favorisé le succès d’entreprises comme G42 et de grands modèles de langage comme Falcon, et permis à ce petit pays de créer un écosystème de classe mondiale pour les talents et l’esprit d’entreprise dans le domaine de l’IA. Nous attirons des investissements importants de la part de leaders technologiques tels que Microsoft et devenons un centre important pour l’innovation et l’application de l’IA. »

Dr Al Jaber a souligné que l’essor de l’IA est l’une des trois grandes tendances qui déterminent l’avenir, avec l’accélération du rythme de la transition énergétique et la montée en puissance des marchés émergents et du Sud global : « L’expertise croissante de la promotion 2024 permettra de trouver des solutions aux défis les plus pressants du monde. En effet, si nous voulons atteindre les objectifs ambitieux du consensus historique des Émirats arabes unis adopté lors de la COP28 en décembre à Dubaï, l’IA doit jouer un rôle essentiel. »

À l’occasion de sa troisième et plus grande cérémonie de remise des diplômes, l’université MBZUAI a décerné ses premiers diplômes de doctorat (Ph.D.), ainsi que des maîtrises en apprentissage automatique (55), vision artificielle (28) et traitement du langage naturel (12), aux étudiants originaires de pays tels que les Émirats arabes unis, le Canada, le Royaume-Uni, la France, l’Inde, le Vietnam, le Pakistan, l’Éthiopie et le Sri Lanka.

Eric Xing, Président de MBZUAI et professeur d’université, a ajouté : « La promotion 2024 de MBZUAI comprend les futurs leaders de la technologie, de l’innovation et de la créativité, préparés pour accepter la responsabilité qui accompagne la gestion d’une révolution aussi puissante et transformatrice. Ils nous quittent avec les connaissances, les compétences et une compréhension profonde de l’opportunité qui s’offre à eux, la chance de façonner un avenir où l’IA sert l’humanité avec compassion selon des normes éthiques inébranlables, et ils sont prêts à relever les plus grands défis auxquels notre monde est confronté aujourd’hui. »

Cinq ans après sa création, MBZUAI est aujourd’hui reconnue comme l’une des 100 meilleures universités d’informatique au monde et se classe parmi les 20 premières pour ses spécialisations en IA, CV, ML, NLP et robotique (CSRankings).

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NCS’ bold steps to ease trade operations in Nigeria

With its poverty rate hitting 38.9 per cent in 2023, Nigeria has continued to battle several social and economic problems, throwing up an avalanche of concerns for both the leaders and the populace. The populous African nation has continued to battle food shortages, poor infrastructure, unemployment, while striving to make quality health care and education affordable. It is also confronted with security challenges ranging from banditry, militancy, separatist agitations, among others. With these challenges getting more serious by the day, experts say that the prospects of overcoming them may not be so bright with the nation's monolithic economy that depends substantially on oil. They say that short and long term measures must be initiated if the nation is to be salvaged from its many woes. One recurrent suggestion has been the need to diversify the economy, especially with the global upsurge in energy transition, which is expected to reduce the demand for oil. Relying on the oil sector, in spite of the t ransition, will diminish the nation's revenue base, the experts have always pointed out, while emphasising the need to build resilience to navigate the situation by leveraging opportunities in other sectors. Sectors that provide such revenue options include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, among others. In line with this, President Bola Tinubu's administration has continued to focus on reforming the economy to deliver sustained growth that would have multiplier effects on all aspects of life. To this effect, government has continued to develop and implement policies and initiatives designed to generate revenue from the non-oil sector. One of such policies focuses on trade reforms. The idea is encapsulated in the Trade Policy Of Nigeria(TPN) 2023 to 2027, designed to promote trade as a tool for economic growth and development. It aims at using trade as a catalyst to develop a diversified and competitive economy. While it hinges on government's commitment to an open and transparent trade policy, one of its key objectives is to address constraints limiting Nigeria's potential to participate effectively in international trade. As part of efforts to address these constraints, the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS), in 2022 embarked on a journey to reposition and ease trade operations in the country through its Trade Modernisation Project(TMP), which has three phases. The project is a 20-year concession agreement signed on May 27, 2023 between the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the NCS Board, and the Trade Modernisation Project Ltd. The TMP is the automation of the business processes of the NCS. It seeks to simplify and enhance the experience of stakeholders in the trade value chain. It is aimed at making it easy to obtain export and import clearances. It will also ease the payment of duties and the release of goods. Shortly put, it is a long term rescue plan aimed at ensuring predictable and transparent processes and procedures for imports, exports and transit trade. According to the General Man ager of the Concessionaire, Mr Ahmed Ogunshola, the project creates the basis for improving NCS' services which include improving revenue generation, facilitating trade development and minimising corruption in trade facilitation. The project is aimed at automating trade operation processes using a software described as the Unified Customs Management System(UCMS), to be deployed by NCS, which would soon be inaugurated by the Federal Government. The UCMS is the core of the operational activities and underpins the decision chain and command of goods clearance for release, in line with the requisite taxes and waivers of the Federal Government. The automation aims to address leakages in the revenue collection of customs duties and includes Electronic Cargo Tracking System. This system gives traders access through the UCM to comprehensively monitor their transactions from the beginning of the process until the delivery of their goods, and act appropriate where they experience hiccups. The system also facilitat es Electronic Port System, Logistics Monitoring System, Mobile Enforcement System and Intelligent Gate System. In addition to providing further ease of cross border trading, its major advantage is the significant long-term impact it would have on the social and economic development of the country. At the end of the 20 year period, the project is expected to generate in excess, 250 billion dollars as revenue for Nigeria. This is because automating the process helps to increase revenue collection due to improved trading experiences, which would increase trading frequency and, therefore, revenue from chargeable duties. While Nigeria gets to use the revenue to fund its infrastructure development, create jobs, address its security challenges, it would also develop other non-oil sectors to ensure sustainable development. On the current stage of the development of software to be deployed to drive the modernisation process, the Head of the Business Section of the Project, Usman Abba, a Chief Supritendent of Cust oms, said that all internal sytems had been completed, and final touches were being made on stakeholders' integration. While this is the first phase of the process spanning year one to six, with two more phases to go, it is expected that at a stage, all systems must be deployed to hardware, software and technology services. The reform, through the project, is expected to streamline customs processes, reduce delays and cut down on corruption. As a result, businesses can operate more efficiently, and government can collect more accurate and timely revenues from trade activities. Additionally, aligning trade policies with international standards can attract more global partners and increase Nigeria's share of global trade. As the implementation of this project gets to its peak, excited analysts say that Nigeria can look forward to a more dynamic, efficient and profitable trade sector, driving sustainable economic growth and prosperity. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

FG committed to infrastructure development through PPP – ICRC boss

Mr Michael Ohiani, Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), says the Federal Government remains committed to infrastructure development through Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Ohiani said this at the Second Quarter 2024 Public-Private Partnership Units Consultative Forum(3PUCF) Meeting in Abuja on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the forum provides a platform for PPP departments in Ministries Departments and Agencies(MDAs) and stakeholders to share ideas, success stories, and challenges on their PPP projects to drive economic growth in Nigeria. The meeting was hosted by the Federal Road and Maintenance Agency (FERMA). Ohiani said that within the second quarter, the commission successfully issued Outline and Full Business Case Compliance Certificates in respect of key PPP projects from several MDAs. He said between April and June 2024, the commission issued 14 Outline Business Case (OBC) Compliance Certificates and two Full Business Case (FBC) Compli ance Certificates. Ohiani said the commission would continue to issue OBC and FBC certificates as the need arises. He said some projects which had been issued OBC Compliance Certificates in the second quarter included the Infrastructure Development of Residential Buildings at the Federal School of Forestry, Jos. Ohiani said others were the Design and Development of eight Hostel accommodations at the University of Lagos, Campus, Akoko. 'Others are the development of 240 Housing Units of two and three Bedroom Bungalows at Nigerian Airspace Management Agency's land located at Jaba, Kano State. 'The Operation and Management of Kashimbila Integrated Cargo/Agro-Allied Airport, Taraba, and Implementation of the Nigerian National Patronage Cash Reward Programme. 'Also, the Implementation of Metal and Mineral Operational Audit and Export Certification programme, and the Implementation and Development of the Electronic Enforcement and Penalty Management (eTraffika).' Ohiani said FBC Compliance Certificates were issued for the following projects which included the Implementation and Development of the Electronic Enforcement and Penalty Management (eTraffika). 'Also the Renovation and Upgrading of School of Nursing Student Hostel, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State.' He said the commission had also continued to monitor PPP projects which were at the implementation stage. 'Just last week, our staff and the relevant officers of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security visited 17 silo complexes across the Federation.' Ohiani reiterated the commission's commitment to continue to build PPP capacity across MDAs and PPP practitioners through its training arm- the Nigeria Institute of Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnership. He urged the members of the forum to take advantage of the opportunities the training institute provided. 'We also invite you to take advantage of the MBA in PPP and PhD in Management (PPP option) programmes which are being run in collaboration with the Malaysia University of Science and Technology.' Ohiani expressed his appreciation to members of the forum for their continued valued contributions to its sustenance and overall success. 'I, therefore, encourage us all to continue to advance with the various projects across our MDAs up to implementation and possible hand-back, as these will have a direct positive bearing on the wellbeing of Nigerians. ' I encourage us to sustain the shared vision of a prosperous and infrastructure-sufficient country for the coming generations.' Source: News Agency of Nigeria

‘Beyond the Veil 2’, film on northern Nigerian women, premieres in FCT

The season two of 'Beyond the Veil', a TV series that depicts everyday life of northern Nigerian women, has premiered in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that filmmakers, industry stakeholders, as well as the cast and crew of the film, were present at the screening on Friday night in Abuja. 'Beyond the Veil' brings to the fore everyday life of liberal Northern Nigerian women, highlighting social issues such as polygamy, drug abuse, gender based violence, forbidden relationships and unstable family dynamics. The story follows the lives of five resilient northern Nigerian women as they navigate the ups and downs of modern life, careers, friendships, romances and the occasional clash of cultures. The series, which showcase the richness and diversity of the northern culture, follows the lives of five women living in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja as they navigate work, love, family and friendship. The star-studded 'Beyond the Veil' is created by award-winning filmm aker Nadine Ibrahim and Sifa Asani- Gowon and is produced by Naila Media. The film directed by Ibrahim features seasoned stars including ace actress Jemima Osunde, Maryam Booth, Norah Ego, Ummi Ahmed, Ame Aiyejina and Rikadawa Mohammed. Others include Blessing Uzoro, Caleb Richards, Sani Muazu, Nadia Dutch, Andrew Bunting, Yakubu Mohammed and Temitope Olowoniyan, among others. The series Director told NAN on the sideline that the project represents an opportunity to showcase a different version of the Northern Nigerian woman. 'Beyond the Veil' is a show inspired by the urge to depict Northern Nigerian women in a new and liberating way; one that is bold, empowered, and unapologetically authentic. 'It is about us sharing a fresh narrative and show the world that a northern woman comes in different spaces. 'The story follows the lives of five young women living in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria and the show builds a refreshing narrative around them but does not shy away from exploring the realities the y face. 'All the women face ongoing challenges, some of which are layered and continued from the first season, many of which reach a climax and achieve some closure. 'The recurring themes of friendship, love, healing, and even pain remain in it, and they must push past and grow through all these, making choices that hurt and step bravely into the unknown. 'As a director, this project marks a significant milestone in my creative journey and it has allowed me to push boundaries, challenge conventions, and evolve artistically and personally,' she said Also, the co-creator of the show, Asani- Gowon said the 'Beyond the Veil' story was well accepted by Nigerians as it reflected realities Nigerian women face. 'For the first season, the overall reactions were really good, although I was a little nervous about it, because I did not know how people would take it. 'However, the overall response was so great, and I think that made it even more positive for me, especially the overall northern Nigeria response to th e show and now we are unveiling season two,' she said. Ishaya Bako, Executive Producer of the film, said the story was a clear reflection of everyday realities that women have to cope with in this part of the world. Bako, renowned for directing award-winning documentaries like 'Fueling Poverty', 'Silent Tears,' and 'UP NEPA' said the series was a continuous story. 'Our culture in Nigeria is very vast and rich so we should always tell stories that are vibrant and diverse to reflect issues that affect us,' he said. NAN reports that the first season of 'Beyond the Veil' was released on Amazon's Prime Video in March 2023 Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Runsewe hails Oboh, Nigeria’s female golf sensation, on U.S. invitational triumph

The President, Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, OON has commended Nigeria's female golf sensation, Georgia Oboh, on her recent victory at the John Shippen Women's Invitational in Michigan, U.S. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 23-year-old Oboh, on Wednesday, captured the 2024 John Shippen Women's Invitational and earned exemptions to compete in two LPGA tournaments - the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and the Dow Championship. Oboh will tee it up alongside the world's best female golfers at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give starting June 13, after shooting 69-70-139 on the same course Tuesday and Wednesday to earn a three-stroke victory at the SHIPPEN event. Runsewe, who gave the commendation in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said that Oboh's victory was an inspiration to other children back home and a testament to the fact that hard work pays 'Congratulations to our very own Georgia Oboh on your well-deserved victory at the John Shippen Women's Invitation al at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan 'Your victory is indeed a fulcrum of great possibilities and renewed hope for Nigeria and Nigerians. 'We believe in you to keep the Nigerian flag flying high and keep doing your very best, to ensure that you represent our dear country as a good ambassador of the game of golf,' he said. NAN also reports that another Nigerian female pro golfer, Anita Uwadia, tied for third position with Ashley Shaw of U.S. in the same tournament, making it the first time in an international professional ladies' golf tournament where two Nigerians made the top three. The NGF president noted that the performance of the girls was a very rare one and not a mean feat. He added that they had both distinguished themselves as the very first Nigerians and one of the few black professional female golfers on the top stage. He said that the federation would continue to support the golfers, to ensure that they reach their full potential as they continue to make the country proud and showcase themselves to the world. He also advised parents to always support and encourage their children to start playing golf at an early age, adding that it was a sport they could be engaged in for the rest of their lives. 'Hand your child a golf club, and you might be surprised what happens. 'Your child might not be the next Tiger Woods, but golf can make a big impact in a young life. 'Kids can benefit from the sport mentally, physically, and emotionally. The sport can set them up for success as they get older. 'Many of the skills learned on the course translate to real life,' he said. NAN also reports that Oboh and her chosen partner will compete in the Dow Championship starting June 27 in Midland, Michigan. The John Shippen Women's Invitational which Oboh and Uwadia were part of is a series of competitions created to provide playing opportunities on the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour for the top Black amateur and professional women and men golfers. The events are named after John Shippen, Jr., who wa s both the first American-born golf professional and the country's first Black golf professional. Source: News Agency of Nigeria