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Lifelong learning conference puts spotlight on AI, future workforce

Artificial intelligence (AI) was the focus of a lifelong learning and workforce development conference which was held at the Mulia Hotel yesterday.

Around 200 participants attended the 3rd Annual Lifelong Learning Industry Engagement Day (ALLIED) 2023, themed ‘Cultivating an AI-Ready Workforce for the Future of Work’.

Acting Director of the Lifelong Learning Centre Dr Sheikh Lukman bin Sheikh Abdul Hamid said the objectives of the conference included promoting a deeper understanding of AI in the context of lifelong learning and workforce development. “We aim to foster a profound comprehension of AI, demystifying its applications and potential impact on our future,” he said.

The conference also hoped to foster cross-collaboration between educational institutions and industries to shape an AI-ready workforce, he added. “Between educational institutions and industries, our goal is to shape a workforce that is not just acquainted with AI but one that embraces it, creating innovative solutions and propelling our nation into the digital frontier,” he said.

A keynote presentation, ‘Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Possibilities for a Future-Ready Workforce’, was delivered by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Associate Professor Dr Zaid Omar. This was followed by a presentation on cultivating an AI-ready workforce and a panel discussion.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications Ir Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof was the guest of honour.

The event was organised by the Ministry of Education through the Lifelong Learning Centre and in collaboration with the Brunei Innovation Lab. – Azlan Othman

Photos show speakers and participants at the event. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN