Government must donate money to prevent student stop ai-studies




Dutch Ministry of Education must allocate extra money to prevent an approaching student stop for studies on artificial intelligence. This is the opinion of the Cyber ​​Security Council, an advisory body to the cabinet.

The Cyber ​​Security Council states that emergency funding is urgently needed in the short term, so that universities receive extra staff, locations and resources. Only then can all registered students for the study artificial intelligence and related studies be admitted in September 2019. According to the spokesman on behalf of the advisory body, Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink, about half a billion is needed for this.

She told the NOS that the Netherlands ‘needs this knowledge’ very badly, as a ‘precondition for a secure digital economy’. She also points out that there is a big shortage of educated young people in these directions. According to the Council, the strong growth of the digital economy is causing an acute shortage of it and related specialists. The advisory body fears that interested students will opt for a different course or go abroad when they take a student trip.

Two weeks ago it turned out that Dutch training courses on artificial intelligence can not handle the growth of students . Therefore, restrictions are introduced. This applies not only to the study of artificial intelligence, but also to the field of data science, computer science and business analytics . The curtailment is achieved by setting a numerus fixus or by using stricter selection criteria. For some programs there is a doubling of the intake.


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