Next month Queen Maxima will launch the Netherlands' first artificial intelligence course for children. The National AI Junior course is aimed at teaching kids between the ages of 10 and 14 the principles of AI, and to get them enthusiastic about technology and improving their technological skills. "In this way the can function optimally in a world in which technology plays an increasingly important role", the government said in a pre release.
Dutch universities are worried that the supply of lecturers in Artificial Intelligence will dry up - the vast majority of PhD graduates in this field are opting to enter the business world or teach at an American university, Financieele Dagblad reports.
American universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are increasingly given the opportunity to invest in AI. MIT recently announced a 1 billion dollar investment in a new AI center. Dutch universities can not compete with this financial strength.
The Cyber Security Council, an advisory body to the Dutch government, is calling on the Ministry of Education to push more money into artificial intelligence and related courses, so that universities don't have to limit the number of students they take in. The Council calls a student limit an undesirable and worrisome development, NOS reports.
Dutch universities are seeing significant growth in the number of students who want to study artificial intelligence in the coming academic year. At some educational institutions, the number of applications doubled compared to the current academic year. Interest in related courses, like data science and business analytics, is also on the rise, NOS reports.