Coursera Launches Generative AI Academy to Equip UAE Employees and Executives with High-Impact Future Skills
Coursera, a leading online learning platform, has announced the launch of Generative AI (GenAI) Academy in the UAE, designed to equip executives and their employees with the skills needed to thrive in an AI-driven workplace.
GenAI Academy offers a unique blend of foundational literacy and executive education programs from top research universities and companies at the forefront of AI, including Microsoft, Stanford Online, Vanderbilt University, DeepLearning.AI, Fractal Analytics, Google Cloud, and AWS. As skills-first hiring becomes a global priority, and with the UAE expected to benefit from USD 5.3 billion in Generative AI investments by 2030, the Academy aims to bridge AI skills gaps in the country while unlocking innovation and productivity for both executives and employees.
Kais Zribi, Coursera’s General Manager for the Middle East and Africa, said: “As GenAI begins to transform industries, reinvent businesses, and shape new career paths, there is an urgent need to empower individuals and organizations to adapt to in-demand technologies powering the jobs of tomorrow. The UAE’s ongoing efforts in ensuring the agility of talents through reskilling and upskilling will achieve a significant boost with the introduction of GenAI Academy’s curated curriculum. Designed to place businesses and employees at the forefront of innovation, the accessible, expert-led courses will reshape the UAE’s workforce and support the nation’s preparedness for an AI-driven future.”
GenAI Academy for Everyone
This foundational literacy program gives every employee a general understanding of GenAI’s core principles, applications, and impact. Employees will learn how to use AI tools to enhance productivity and innovation in their day-to-day jobs, with Guided Projects providing hands-on practice.
For executives, GenAI strategy formulation and technology adoption are high-stakes decisions. The choices we make about GenAI will not only determine an organization’s competitive edge but also influence societal impacts and shape the future of various industries. GenAI for Executives will help leaders develop a deep understanding of AI’s broad applications and its market influence. It aims to guide them in making strategic and ethical choices as well as lead and motivate their teams through rapid change.
New courses and credentials will be added over the coming months, with a focus on further expanding executive education and role-based learning programs.
In 2023, Coursera witnessed a surge in interest in Generative AI content globally, with 570,500 learners enrolling on the platform to benefit from the 35+ courses or projects on GenAI developed in collaboration with leading university and industry partners. This means that roughly every minute in 2023, someone enrolled in GenAI content on Coursera.
To know more about the GenAI Academy, visit the website.