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Fostering Digital Talent: Bahrain University Hosts Forum on ICT Innovations

A forum on nurturing digital talent was convened at the University of Bahrain, focusing on strategies for digital transformation, gender equality in technology, and the role of AI in the global economy.

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Shivani Chauhan
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Fostering Digital Talent: Bahrain University Hosts Forum on ICT Innovations

The University of Bahrain recently played host to a forum focused on the nurturing of digital talent. The event, featuring experts in artificial intelligence and academia, was a significant step towards fostering digital expertise and innovation within the region. The panel discussions revolved around strategies for driving digital transformation, building a sustainable knowledge-based digital economy, and the importance of gender equality in technology.

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Public-Private Partnerships: Catalyst for Innovation

The forum underscored the crucial role of public-private partnerships in nurturing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) talent innovations. This type of partnership, the panelists agreed, is vital in bridging the ICT talent gap and empowering women in the field. The Huawei ICT Talent initiative, which offers students practical skill development opportunities, was highlighted as an example of this cooperative approach.

AI: A Game-Changer in the Global Economy

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A recent study by PwC estimates that artificial intelligence could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. The forum spotlighted this potential impact, with a particular focus on the role of AI in shaping the future of undergraduate engineers. AI for Good, an initiative organized by ITU in partnership with 40 UN Sister Agencies, was also discussed. This platform connects AI innovators with problem owners to identify practical AI solutions that can advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Empowering Women in ICT

Gender equality in technology was another key topic at the forum. The panelists emphasized the urgent need for more inclusive participation, particularly from women. This underscores a growing recognition of the importance of diversity in driving innovation and success in the rapidly evolving tech industry.

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