New partnership means new learner opportunities

New partnership means new learner opportunities

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and Nelson Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAI) have announced a progressive new partnership which will provide significant benefits to both NMIT and NAI.

Nelson Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAI) will base its start-up business at the NMIT campus on Nelson’s Hardy Street, with the team taking up residency in August.

“We are delighted to co-locate with NMIT in a space adjacent to the Mahitahi CoLab. This will enable us to collaborate more effectively with NMIT, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and NRDA. We are focused on building AI capability as a means of increasing efficiency of the blue economy in the Nelson-Tasman region. We view an effective partnership with NMIT as key to achieving this,” said Dave Thompson, NAI’s Chief Executive.

The colocation opportunity builds on the successful model that NMIT has developed in conjunction with the Nelson business community to ensure close partnerships between learners and business, an initiative that brings benefits to both parties.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for NMIT, and I have no doubt that it will provide opportunities for NMIT learners to engage in real work experiences and projects in the field of Artificial Intelligence. This builds on the strategic partnerships we have developed with the Nelson Regional Development Agency and the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, said Liam Sloan, CEO of NMIT.

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is an area of software engineering where computers “learn” how to mimic human cognitive functions. A popular AI model uses a neural network, which acts a bit like the human brain.

NAI is building local capability to apply Artificial Intelligence to solve globally relevant problems in environmental sustainability. For example, one of the products currently under development is an AI model that can accurately detect and classify microscopic algae.

“NMIT is the first ITP to be awarded a micro credential in Artificial Intelligence. A micro credential is a small area of learning that shows that a learner, or potential employee, has the relevant training and experience to perform in a specific role. The NAI team worked with team NMIT for twelve months to develop two AI courses, one to help managers identify what business problems they could use AI for and one around the technical skills required to help implement AI. The potential for further opportunities through this partnership is significant,” said Liam Sloan.

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