Basic education curriculum to incorporate AI courses

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Ministry of Education (MOE) aims to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) courses in its basic education curriculum next year, part of a push to increase the country’s leverage in the AI domain, the Cabinet (Executive Yuan) announced in a statement released on Feb. 9.

The Cabinet also rolled out an online learning platform called “Taiwan Artificial Intelligence Action Plan,” which accommodates AI learning materials.

The MOE is set to incorporate AI courses in the basic education curriculum next year, with the development of learning materials to be completed by this May, the statement added.

In addition, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has selected four universities as AI research centers: National Taiwan University in Taipei, National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, and National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, with focuses on core AI technologies and the application of AI in smart manufacturing, biotechnology and medicine, it said.

Along with MOST, according to the statement, the Ministry of Economic Affairs launched an “issue-solving” mechanism for the AI industry last December, with 23 problem-solving teams and 69 technologists to navigate and consult over relevant issues.

By Matt Yu and Chung Yu-chen