[Phu Nu News] The Impact of AI on Education: Universities Adapt and Innovate

At the end of March, from the Institute of Information Technology and Interaction (3ITech) of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH), the melodious sound of a piano could be heard. Interestingly, the “artist” playing that piece of music was not a real person but a robot programmed with artificial intelligence (AI).

AI is present in many majors

With just a few simple operations by the students on the computer, the 10 fingers of the robot began to glide over the piano keys, playing many pieces of music skillfully. Khoa, a first-year student majoring in robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, explained: “This is a product of artificial intelligence. This AI can control the robot to play hundreds of different pieces of music, the more complete the application (app), the smoother it plays, no different from an artist. Our group of students is trying to perfect it.”

First-year students majoring in robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City are experimenting with using AI to control robots – Photo: Nguyen Loan

Associate Professor, Dr. Nguyen Truong Thinh – Director of the FTI Institute – proudly spoke about the application of AI to control robots to play the piano: “This product was created by first-year students.” He said that in the institute, there are dozens of AI products made by first-year students: “Technology is changing every day, every hour, especially modern technologies such as AI, robots, blockchain, IoT … In the past, students had to study to the third or fourth year to create automatic machines, now first-year students can easily create automatic machines. This shows the explosive development of AI. This is also a great challenge for schools. If we do not change and adapt quickly, we will be left behind and fall far behind.”

First-year students majoring in robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City control robots to play the piano from computers – Photo: Nguyen Loan

Similarly, in a first-year architecture class at the Van Lang University, when Dr. Nguyen Huu Hung – Head of the Faculty of Applied Technology – gave instructions, the students below opened their computers and used AI to analyze data and build building models. With just a few operations, AI has provided weather data for the past 40 years in Ho Chi Minh City, using this data to calculate humidity, environmental impact, and then provide optimal solutions when building a building. Another AI application will build a house model, calculate radiation, angles of exposure to sunlight and then provide energy output.

Students use these analyses to choose the most suitable design in the subject of green design, sustainable design. AI is also applied to many other majors, such as supporting music students to write music, check for plagiarism, and test harmonies; supporting art students to analyze data and evaluate parameters; supporting banking students to process huge numbers and complex procedures … Dr. Nguyen Huu Hung commented: “AI is present everywhere, in all fields, helping people shorten the time to complete work and increase the accuracy of products. The development of AI affects most aspects of life. There are occupations and fields that will disappear from the labor market very quickly. The education and training sector must keep up with this development speed.”

Currently, many universities are applying AI to teaching and learning activities – Photo: Nguyen Loan

Guide students to use AI effectively

According to Associate Professor, Dr. Bui Quang Hung – Deputy Director of UEH – AI has an impact on many fields, forcing training institutions to change. Many schools have opened new majors in technology application, artificial intelligence, computers, robots, automation … and integrated technology into teaching in many majors as a compulsory program. Last year, UEH opened new majors in robotics and artificial intelligence, logistics technology; this year, UEH opened new majors in art technology (arttech), intelligent control and automation. Next year, UEH plans to open a new major in smart manufacturing …

Currently, in addition to integrating AI into majors, schools also apply AI to management and control the quality of teaching and learning, such as checking for plagiarism, authenticating and recognizing faces in online competitions, automatically grading test papers by scanning test papers, automatic enrollment counseling, automatic answering of questions from parents and students …

However, the development of AI is both fast and continuous, so training institutions, students and lecturers must constantly update new things. Vietnam’s human resources for training in AI are both weak and lacking. To solve this “problem”, schools have linked up with “big names” in technology and training in the world to update and bring the most modern teaching programs, send students abroad to study, and “普及” knowledge about AI for all lecturers in all majors. For example, member universities of the National University of Ho Chi Minh City such as Information Technology, Bách Khoa, International, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Van Lang University, Hồng Bàng International University … all have programs linked with major universities in the world to transfer technology, send students to study in advanced countries.

Source: Phu Nu News

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