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Columbia Partners with 2U on Artificial Intelligence Program

Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is working with 2U to launch the Columbia Artificial Intelligence Program, an online executive education offering aimed at advancing the next generation of technology leaders.

The program will "explore the practical aspects of AI and machine learning through the study of cutting-edge research and hands-on application," through live, seminar-style online classes as well as interactive course content, according to a news announcement. Curriculum will be created and taught by Columbia Engineering faculty and delivered through the 2U platform. Participants will learn to build, lead and manage AI teams and projects, drive AI strategy and adoption, and contribute to policy and regulations of AI technologies, the announcement said. The program can be completed in 9 months (full-time) or 18 months (part-time).

Courses will require previous coding experience and a strong understanding of mathematical foundations. Tentative courses include:

  • AI Strategy, Opportunities & Teams;
  • Machine Learning & Algorithms;
  • Robotics & Vision;
  • Deep Learning & Neural Networks;
  • Data Privacy, Security, & Policy; and
  • Natural Language Processing & Speech.

"The field of Artificial Intelligence has seen extraordinary advances in recent years. As organizations across all industries accelerate their AI efforts, they are increasingly seeking skilled leaders that have a strong grasp of the complexity, capacity and potentially profound impact of AI," said Columbia Engineering Dean Mary C. Boyce, in a statement. "We're excited to expand our partnership with 2U to bring Columbia Engineering's high-quality AI curriculum to life in an engaging and interactive online learning environment for a new community of professional learners. Artificial Intelligence touches every aspect of Engineering at Columbia, and our faculty are uniquely positioned to educate leaders who will bring humans and machines together to create unforeseen value for their organizations."

The Columbia Artificial Intelligence Program's first cohort of students will begin classes in 2021.

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