New course for Galway-based managers interested in putting AI to work for their companies

Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI ) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function[i], while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects[ii]. Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units[iii].

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and it implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

This programme was developed in response to an identified need for AI education for managers in Ireland, in close collaboration with itag Skillnet, which is a grouping of leading indigenous and multinational technology companies based in Ireland. The course is open to all relevant applicants, with any applicants from itag Skillnet member companies qualifying for a significant discount.

The course will be delivered part time online over two semesters (September – December and January – May ). Recognising the time demands placed on those working in management roles, this programme will allow for fully asynchronous distance learning, with each module providing high quality pre-recorded lecture videos and learning materials that may be consumed online at a time and place of the student’s choosing. Furthermore, this programme will be assessed 100% by continuous assessment, obviating the need to travel to the NUI Galway campus to participate in lectures or traditional exams.

Students will take a total of six modules in this programme (three each semester ). The list of subjects covered includes:

Introduction to AI

Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing

AI Strategy and Transformation

Data Analysis and Visualisation

Ethics and Law for AI

The Future of AI.

Dr Patrick Mannion, Lecturer in Computer Science and Programme Director of the PgCert in AI for Managers, said that as the research shows, artificial intelligence is already becoming an increasingly important component for business and enterprise, both here in Ireland and around the world.

“When you consider that as many as 1 in every 2 organisations who were surveyed by Gartner are already using AI, you could see this is becoming a mainstream business practice that will have significant implications for businesses in Galway and all around the country over the coming years.

“We believe that this course will provide a strong level of understanding of AI to managers and how it can help their businesses. Our hope is this programme and our related offerings will help to ensure that the latest Artificial Intelligence practices can be adopted in Irish companies as they undergo digital transformations and will help to position the West of Ireland as a key hub for AI,” he said.

Dee Timoney, Network Manager at itag Skillnet said that itag Skillnet are delighted to be collaborating with NUI Galway on this new course offering.

“This industry-led online programme, which is supported by Skillnet Ireland, will help ensure that we are producing a pipeline of managers with the skills required to bring their organisations to the next level in applying AI technologies,” she said.

The first intake of students into this programme will be in September 2021, with a start date of 27th September 2021 and a completion date in May 2022. Fees for the programme €3,950. A subsidised fee of €2,495 is available for itag members.

Prospective applicants should send their CV to Dee Timoney at [email protected] by 22ndSeptember 2021.

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