On October 5, 2021, a ceremonial presentation of certificates to new graduates of the prg.ai Minor programme took place at the Old Town Hall in Prague. In the words of the Mayor, Prague has set out to become a major centre of world innovation, and prg.ai Minor is one of the pillars of how to do it. Supporting students in the development of artificial intelligence is absolutely crucial, and Prague is helping to connect the scientific, business and student spheres in this way.
prg.ai Minor programme is a flagship educational project created by prg.ai, a non-governmental organization that brings together government organisations, universities, companies, investors, and the public to boost the research and application of technologies based on artificial intelligence. Their interuniversity programme aims to educate a new generation of AI professionals. With a continuously updated course offer, prg.ai Minor provides students with an opportunity to become part of a lively interdisciplinary community and to get acquainted with the key players of the Prague AI ecosystem.
“Thanks to the combination of four faculties from two universities, students have a unique opportunity to expand and deepen various aspects of development and application of artificial intelligence and become part of the Prague technology scene,”says program manager Julie Kovaříková from prg.ai
The programme aims at driven, tech-savvy students already enrolled at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (MFF) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV) at Charles University (CUNI), the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE) and the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) at the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU). The syllabus currently consists of 21 subjects arranged into six thematic blocks. In addition to a varied offer in the fields of machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics or programming, participants have the opportunity to understand the ethical, safety and social aspects of artificial intelligence thanks to the involvement of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. Thus, students will gain an essential in-depth understanding of AI, the practical skills necessary to apply it in any area of their interest and connections to some of the best AI teachers and researchers from two prestigious Prague universities.
One of the added values of the programme is the community that prg.ai is building around the program. They manage a dedicated Facebook group for the program participants and organize both informal meetings and meetups for students with experts who further deepen students’ knowledge in the field.
“prg.ai Minor is a great way to enter the world of artificial intelligence and meet a lot of interesting people from different faculties. I very quickly found friends who have similar interests and I went through the program with them. Thanks to that, I really enjoyed the experience. “prg.ai Minor graduate Martin Krutský
In the three years of its existence, over 200 students enrolled in the prg.ai Minor programme, of which 96 were selected to study. The first two graduates of the program received certificates last academic year. This year, 13 students from all faculties graduated, 11 of whom came to the Old Town Hall on October 5, where the prg.ai association, under the auspices of the City of Prague, organized a graduation ceremony. The event was attended not only by representatives of the prg.ai association and individual faculties but also by the Mayor Zdeněk Hřib and the councillor Vít Šimral.
Students are selected for the program once a year. The deadline for applications is announced in early March, but students can already register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the prg.ai/minor website, where they will find further details about the program. Anyone who is a student of one of the participating faculties can apply. A committee composed of representatives of the participating faculties then assesses the academic results, technical knowledge and motivation of the students.