11/12/19 Finland seeks to teach 1% of Europeans basics on artificial intelligence

Finland, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union until 31 December 2019,  announced today in the meeting of the EU employment ministers that it aims to teach 1% of all Europeans basic skills in Artificial Intelligence. 

It will do so by providing free access to an university-level online course - ‘Elements of AI’, which will be made available in all the official EU languages by spring 2021 at the latest. 

This initiative builds upon a successful story. 

Indeed, first published in 2018, the course ‘Elements of AI’ was able to teach 1% of Finns (equaling approximately to 55,000 people)  the basics of AI in just a few months, becoming the most popular course ever offered by University of Helsinki. 

The initiative has three goals: firstly, it aims to equip EU citizens with digital skills; secondly, it aims to increase understanding of what artificial intelligence is and, lastly, it aims to boost Europe’s digital leadership vis-à-vis Asia and the United States. 

The cost of the initiative, a total of €1 679 000, will be funded from the budget of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland. 

More information here.