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Robotics firm announces academic alliance to prepare for future jobs

May 28. 2019
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By The Nation

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Asean UiPath, a leading robotic process automation (RPA) company, has announced an academic alliance programme in Asean, following partnerships with leading institutes of higher learning, including in Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand.

Through the academic alliance, UiPath will work with educational institutions to equip students with critical automation skills, teach them how to leverage RPA in the workplace and prepare them to work alongside software robots. UiPath aims to train over 50,000 Asean students and professionals over the next three years for the automated workforce of the future.

The academic institutes will include King Mongkut’s University of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Thailand.

“Economic development is not just a technological goal, it is also a human one,” said Tom Clancy, senior vice president for learning at UiPath. “The Asean region is going through a period of rapid economic and technological transformation and the workplace of the future will look very different to the workplace of today,” he said.

“We need to prepare and train our youth for a more automated future, one where the ability to work alongside robots will be as important as the skills they bring to bear. That is why UiPath is committed to training more than one million students globally in the next three years as we understand that education and re-skilling are vital if we are to thrive in a digital future.”

In addition to Thailand's KMITL, the institutions will include Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Institute of Technical Education, ITE College West, and the Philippines’ Asia Pacific College (APC)

UiPath will also partner with NTUC LearningHub, the leading provider of continuous education and training in Singapore, serving over 180,000 training places per year.

The UiPath RPA courses will be incorporated into existing curriculum offered by higher learning institutions in Asean, helping to institutionalise RPA within academia and prepare students and educators with in-demand automation skills. The courses will be developed by UiPath Academic Alliance instructors who will train and qualify educators who, once certified, will be able to teach students and other educators.

UiPath will provide content to educate students about RPA, teach how automation is applied to business processes, and equip technical students with RPA developer skills. UiPath is to provide the curriculum, course content, UiPath software platform, learning materials, regular educator training and tools. Where possible, UiPath would also connect academic institutions with UiPath’s own customers to facilitate on-the-job learning.

Since its announcement in October 2018, more than 100 colleges and universities have adopted RPA as part of their curriculum, allowing students to develop skills needed for the jobs of the future.

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