A group of artificial intelligence graduate students from several prestigious international universities concluded their participation in the second edition of the Global AI Summit, which concluded last week in Riyadh. The students also visited Masmak Palace in the center of Riyadh to be briefed on the history of the capital.
The students represented six countries, joined by several Saudi scholarship students in the same specialization. Their participation came within the knowledge exchange initiative launched by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, which hosted 19 male and female students of different nationalities including the US, the UK, India, Jordan, Algeria, South Korea and Nigeria. These students study at international universities and institutes, including the Sorbonne University in Paris, Oxford University, University College London, Durham University, Nottingham University, Sussex University in the UK, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, and King’s College London.
Through this initiative, SDAIA aimed to attract global capabilities in AI and enhance the role of distinguished youths, based on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its aspirations to enable them to lead the future of AI in the Kingdom, the region and the world.
SDAIA President Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghamdi said that the knowledge exchange initiative was designed to achieve several benefits, including engaging visiting students in knowledge exchange dialogues to explore opportunities for future cooperation, and introducing them to the Kingdom’s efforts in pioneering data and AI in a journey that Saudi students will lead with their peers from international universities.
He said that the SDAIA aims through the initiative to build qualitative partnerships that support its efforts in data and AI and help attract global capabilities to the Kingdom. Al-Ghamdi added that the initiative contributes to activating the distinguished role of Saudi youth and engaging them in a real dialogue that develops their leadership spirit and shows their knowledge capabilities. “This will enhance the Kingdom’s position in data and AI as the initiative provides the opportunity to exchange knowledge and explore opportunities for future cooperation through a constructive dialogue that brings together Saudi youth and foreign graduate students,” he said.
The second edition of the Global AI Summit was held under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy prime minister and chairman of the SDAIA.
The event took place at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh from Sept. 13-15. The three-day summit featured 200 speakers who lead data and AI policy reform in 70 countries, with the participation of more than 3,000 attendees from across the world.