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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I-G tasks regional police chiefs on collaboration to tackle insecurity

The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has called on West African police chiefs to collaborate and devise innovative ways to tackle emerging complex security challenges facing the ECOWAS bloc. Egbetokun made this known at a meeting of the West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) technical sub-committee on training and operations in Abuja. He said that the West African subregion had in recent times been confronted with complex national security challenges, which had been accentuating transnational crimes. 'The activities of these cybercriminals has imposed on us all the additional burden of developing our national security capacity to dominate cyberspace and deny criminals the liberty to operate in our overriding national and regional security interests. 'The differences in legal frameworks and legislative systems continue to hinder effective law enforcement operations and criminal justice delivery initiatives among member states. 'Our security reality continually deepens the need to comm it to regional collaboration, towards dissecting the pattern and trend of crimes on the one hand, and towards pulling together and supporting each other in bridging our national security gaps,' he said. According to him, these challenges have been posing significant threats to the national security order of member states, as well as regional peace and social economic profile. Egbetokun enumerated such crimes to include traditional crimes of stealing, cross border robberies, human goods, drugs trafficking, small arms and light weapons smuggling, banditry, terrorism, as well as other non-state actors. He further said that cybercrime and cyber-enabled crimes were now emerging as bigger challenges to the subregion's security. The I-G said that a critical hindrance to effective regional law enforcement operations and criminal justice delivery initiatives was the differences in legal frameworks and legislative systems among member states. 'The situation calls for a collective review of the multivarious legal f ramework and regulates law enforcement and criminal justice delivery system. 'It also calls for a stronger operational partnership that will encourage the evolution of workable protocol that will engender stronger operational integration amongst security forces and border management agencies within the sub region,' Egbetokun said. Also speaking, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Amb. Abdel-Fatah Musah, said that the fast evolution of information technology had further sophisticated the platforms and tactics used by criminal networks against targets. Represented by Dr Abdourahmane Dieng, the Permanent Secretary, WAPCCO, Musah said that crime and criminality continued to pose a big threat to lives and property in the subregion, thereby creating an unconditional environment for meaningful development. The commissioner said that security and law enforcement agents in the region had for so many years focused on territorial, aerial and maritime borders as key points for close survei llance against crime. 'However, with the dynamic availability and capacity of cyberspace, which transcends beyond geographical borders, criminality has become more efficient, faster and safer for criminals to execute. 'Therefore, our mandate is to increase our capacity on the fight against transnational border crime of all forms which include employing training and operational strategies. 'The illicit traffic and proliferation of small arms and light weapons, human smuggling activities, armed robbery, illicit migration, child trafficking and labor, kidnapping, abduction, maritime piracy are but a few of the main highlights trending in our region,' Musah said. He, therefore, urged the participants to share, inform, exchange and discuss issues and activities surrounding training and operations in their respective member states with a view to coming up with joint strategies on security personnel's training and operations. The Director, Interpol Regional Bureau, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Paule Ouedrago, said the transnational dimension of the crimes required collaboration between countries, adding that the Regional Office would support the efforts through international police cooperation. She called for the strengthening of collaboration between the Permanent Secretariat of the Committee of Police Chiefs and her office in the organisation and implementation of police training and operations. 'This is how, together, we will succeed in dismantling and disrupting the criminal networks that undermine the tireless development efforts,'Ouedrago added. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Gov’t to secure 1 billion for South West Regional Assembly edifice

The government of Cameroon inorder to foster the decentrilisation process and enhance local development plans on beginning a project this 2024 to raise a structure for the South West Regional Assembly. Over one billion will be mobilized to begin work on the site in Buea. The Minister of Decentrilisation and Local Development disclosed in a June 6 outing. Minister Georges Elanga Obam said the building plan to unfold on the piece of land was evidence that the decentrilisation process in the South West Region is on course with great results. 'It means that the Regional Council of the South West is a reality physically. We are appreciative of what they are doing and we hope that very soon we are going to come here for the beginning of the work,' the Decentrilisation Minister applauded. According to the President of the South West Regional Assembly, Elango Zacheus Bakoma, the structure which will compare with none other around. 'Once realised, it will be one of the jewels to have been constructed in the South West in recent times,' President Zacheus Bakoma said. He further disclosed that negotiations with FEICOM were making progress. Though delayed in the process of acquiring a land certificate, he informed that the issue had been sorted out. 'Today I am proud to say we are in possession of the land certificate. I think no sooner from now, the Minister of Decentrilisation will come back to the South West region to lay the foundation stone for this edifice.' The site to host the South West Regional Assembly which is one of the two institutions accorded the North West and South West following the Major National Dialogue of 2019 has a total area of over two hectres. Located around the Buea Central Prison, it is surrounded to the North by an existing road, to the west by state land and existing road, to the east by existing road and south by the main road of the Buea boulevard. Source: Cameroon News Agency

Ningo Prampram Assembly marks tree planting exercise with 2000 seedlings

The Ningo Prampram District Assembly (NiPDA) in the Greater Accra Region has participated in the 2024 National Tree Planting exercise with 2000 seedlings of different species across communities in the area. The exercise commenced with a short ceremony at the Prampram Senior High School, where stakeholders, including Mr Tetteh Al Latif Amanor, the District Chief Executive (DCE), planted some of the trees within the institution's premises. Mr Amanor, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the tree planting exercise had come to stay and urged Ghanaians to embrace the move and plant trees to safeguard the environment. He said most countries, including Ghana, were battling with the issue of climate change, and the one surest way to win the battle was to plant trees to restore what had been lost over the years through human activities. The DCE stated that discussing ways to combat climate change was more theoretical while planting trees demonstrated the practical aspect of how the fight could be won. He said Ningo-Prampram had arable land, and it was the duty of the residents within the district to protect the environment and make it friendly for generations. Mr Amanor indicated that illegal sand winning was a challenge confronting the district and advised that people involved in such illegalities must desist from such acts. Mr Peter Djan, the Headmaster of Prampram Senior High School, expressed gratitude to the District Assembly for planting trees in the school.  He said this would contribute to sustaining and maintaining green environments, and it would be prudent for citizens to become environmental stewards. He appealed to the authorities to consider planting trees at the various institutions dotted across the district to beautify and enhance their environment. Source: Ghana News Agency

Commuters stranded as bad roads render Douala-Dschang route impassable

Travel along the Douala-Dschang route has come to a standstill, leaving commuters stranded overnight as deteriorating road conditions block passage between the West Region and major cities. At Souza in the Moungo Division of the Littoral Region, a backlog of vehicles has formed due to a large hole rendering the road impassable. Passengers who embarked on journeys from Dschang to Douala or Buea yesterday have found themselves stuck, with vehicles unable to progress. The situation demands urgent attention, given the critical role this route plays in facilitating economic activities. Despite claims of significant investment in infrastructure, roads vital for transporting goods and facilitating development are rapidly deteriorating. Truck operators, in particular, express concern over the negative impact on transportation and the urgent need for effective measures to address the crumbling road network. Source: Cameroon News Agency

Imam urges Muslims to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha within budget

Malam Abdul Rakib Abubakar, an Imam at the Ashaiman Newtown Junction Mosque, has urged Muslims to celebrate the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha festival within their means, especially within the present challenging economic period.  Imam Abubakar, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said this was to practice restraint and avoid excessive expenditure as aligned with the principles of Islam, which advocated for balanced living and consideration for others' welfare. Imam Abubakar said the call to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha within budget served not only as a practical directive but also as a spiritual reminder to prioritise gratitude, generosity, and solidarity amidst challenging economic circumstances. He said Eid-ul-Adha traditionally observed with the symbolic sacrifice of animals such as a lamb, goat, cow, or camel, could be celebrated modestly.  He stated that the sacrifice symbolised devotion and obedience to Allah with the meat often distributed among family, friends, and the less privileged, as a gestur e of generosity and communal unity.  He encouraged Muslims to uphold the values of humility, generosity, and social responsibility, enriching the essence of Eid-ul-Adha for themselves and their communities. Source: Ghana News Agency

Immigration Boss completes tour of five regions, calls for peaceful collaboration?

Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi, the Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service, has successfully completed an impactful 10-day tour of the five Northern Regions with a call for peaceful collaboration with residents to safeguard the country's borders. The Comptroller-General reassured the officers' selfless dedication to the safety and security of the country. The team began the tour from the North, traversing through the North East, continuing to the captivating landscapes of the Upper East, venturing towards the picturesque West, and culminating in the enchanting Savannah.  This was in a statement from the Immigration Public Affairs Department copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra. Mr Takyi appealed to the residents not to harbour illegal individuals within their homes to undermine national security, emphasising the crucial role of every citizen in upholding these vital standards. The tour served as an opportunity for the Comptroller-General to connect with his dedicated staff, gain crucial insights into regional activities, and uplift their spirits in the face of daunting weather and working conditions. It also aimed to comprehensively assess the security landscape at the various borders and unapproved routes, with a particular focus on empowering officers to effectively safeguard against potential terrorist threats and prevent the illegal entry of migrants. Mr Takyi embarked on a series of courtesy calls, paying respects to Regional Ministers, District Coordinators, and Chiefs such as the Northern and Upper East Regions, Ya-Naa, Mion paramountcy, the Overlord of Mamprugu, and the traditional authorities of Waala, Telansi, Pagapio, and the Bola Wura. These engagements, the statement said, were emblematic of a unifying spirit, demonstrating the collaborative effort required to ensure the safety and prosperity of the regions and the nation as a whole. The Overlord of Waala Traditional Area, Naa Fuseani Seidu Pelpuo IV, and his Council of Elders donated 100 acres of land to the Service.  The gesture w ill serve as the foundation for a future training school, residence, and regional headquarters embodying the spirit of progress and cooperation. Mr Takyi was accompanied by the Chief Staff Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration Emmanuel Ashley, Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI) Barbara Sam, and DSI Osei Kwakye of the Public Affairs Department, along with other officers from the National Headquarters. Source: Ghana News Agency

MTN Ghana launches staff community development projects in Diabene SHS

The South West Business District of the MTN Ghana, has launched this year's 'Y'ello Care 2024' with a community project in Diabene Senior High School in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. The 30 Days of Y'ello Care initiative, would be on the theme 'Education for Rural and Remote Communities - Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow.' The students were taken through Digital Literacy Education. Mr. David Woase, Area Sales Manager, Southwest of MTN Ghana explained that the 21 Days of Y'ello Care, was an annual staff volunteer programme instituted 17 years ago, to allow MTN staff to volunteer their skills and services freely for the benefit of the community , while investing in identified community improvement projects in rural areas. This year's edition is called '30 Days of Y'ello Care' started on June 1st and would end on June 30th, 2024. He said, 'We are delighted to be able to provide hands-on support to these remote areas through unique and innovative community improvement programmes, that address critical needs in those communities.' Mr Woase noted the important role education played in transforming the communities, strengthening socio-economic growth and prosperity, as well as preparing the youth with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources for the future. 'With the 2024 edition of 30 Days of Y'ello Care campaign, we seek to provide modern amenities and educational facilities in line with our digital focus to bring innovation to the doorstep of these deprived schools to demonstrate the limitless boundaries of technology and the opportunities it presents.' The Business was also implementing a specialised programme dubbed 'Quench and Connect' targeted at drilling mechanised boreholes in some schools facing water crises. Mr. Woase expressed gratitude to all MTN employees for their contributions to the success of Y'ello Care over the years and encouraged every single employee volunteer, to participate. Mr. Woase noted that by incorporating digital literacy education into your learning journey, to become confid ent, competent, and responsible digital citizens, better equipped to succeed in an increasingly digital world. Reverend Peter Bontha Kisseih, Headmaster of the school, was delighted MTN chose to celebrate the Yello Care with the School. Academically, the Diabene SHS now records 98 percent quality passes and thus must be resourced to do more. Th Chief Executive Officer of Duapa Werkspace, Erasmus Mensah- Ackon, enlightened the students on the emerging field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it was transforming various sectors. He encouraged them to take advantage of the ICT space, pursue courses in the area to become self-employed even before leaving school. MTN presented colour coded litter bins for proper waste management as well as to help in waste segregation in the school. Source: Ghana News Agency

Bui Power Authority cultivates 1,400 acres of tree seedlings since 2021 – CEO

The Bui Power Authority (BPA), the managers of the Bui Generating Station (BGS) has cultivated and nurtured 1,400 acres of trees since the government's Green Ghana Initiatives was launched in 2021. Mr Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamesi, the Chief Executive Officer has said. He said the authority had contracted and some of the BGS's Project Affected Persons (PAPs) were nurturing the trees, which were all doing well. Mr Dzamesi said this in a speech read on his behalf by Mr Samuel Nimako-Boateng, the Director, Power Operations Department, BPA, during a tree planting exercise organised by the authority at Bui in the Banda District of the Bono Region to mark this year's Green Ghana Day. Personnel of the BPA and the Ghana Armed Forces deployed to protect the Dam participated in the tree planting exercise. Mr Dzamesi said the Authority would plant 16,000 tree seedlings around the dam's enclave this year, saying it cultivated and nurtured 11,813 different species of trees in 2023. Additionally, he explained the Board of Directors of the Authority had approved a policy on the conservation and protection of 26 different economic indigenous and domesticated tree species at the dam site. Currently, the authority is tagging the identified tree species for easy identification, Mr Dzamesi stated, saying with assistance from the Wildlife Division (Bui National Park) of the Forestry Commission, the authority was sensitizing local communities on the need to preserve the trees. He expressed worry that impacts of climate change were being felt and underlined the need for the BPA to complement efforts towards global fight against the adverse effects and mitigating the impact of climate change in the country. Climate change, he added, was contributing to erratic rainfall patterns, rising temperatures, food insecurity and increasing poverty levels. Mr Dzamesi said a strong political will with an increased investment response 'by the Emergency Response Team attributable to our collective efforts for the acquisition and deployment of additional two State-of-the-art multi-purpose fire tenders in operations at the BGS here'. 'Aside protecting our installations and our forest, cashew farms within the catchment area were protected thereby enhancing biodiversity conservation', he stated. Mr Chrisentus Kuunifaa, the Director, Occupational Health, Safety, Security and Environment of the BPA, stressed the authority's commitment tree plantation was preserved for the nation to derive the optimum benefit Source: Ghana News Agency