KWAP and University Kelantan Malaysia sign memorandum of understanding to promote AI adoption
  • Find research grants for developing large-scale localized language models
  • KWAP is committed to accelerating digital transformation in service to stakeholders

Diperbadankan (Royal Heritage Sites) [KWAP] Today, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) to advance the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in line with the MADANI framework, the Malaysian National Artificial Intelligence Roadmap 2021-2025 (AI-RMAP) and KWAP’s internal AI adoption programme.

Through this MoU, KWAP will explore several areas of collaboration, including research grants for the development of localized large-scale language models (LLMs) to support national languages, and establishing an AI governance framework and ethics. KWAP is also looking at exchanging knowledge and advice to support the development of AI use cases, proofs of concept, and sandboxes, as well as establishing KWAP’s Gen-AI Lab. Other areas include collaborating on research journals, co-hosting events and learning courses, and facilitating connections between university talent and students to KWAP.

“As Malaysia’s largest public retirement pension fund, KWAP recognises the importance of adopting AI in navigating the transition to an ageing society. As part of our efforts, KWAP aims to accelerate its digital transformation, including cyber resilience, digital governance, business systems, technology platforms and data management. This collaboration aims to lay a solid foundation for further AI exploration and adoption,” said Nik Amrizan Mohamed, CEO of KWAP.

Confident in UMK’s expertise, Nik is hopeful that this collaboration will not only help the two companies achieve their common goals in implementing AI, including strengthening KWAP’s operations, but also contribute greatly to the country’s development in this field, ensuring the success and benefits of all stakeholders involved.

Founded in 2006, Prof. Ts. Dr. Arham Abdullah, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of UMK, said the collaboration between UMK and KWAP through the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data (AIBIG) is a major step towards advancing responsible AI development and research.

“The scope of this collaboration includes sharing of research and information, joint publication of research journals, jointly organising events such as ideathons and hackathons leveraging the university facilities to implement the use of AI. It also includes exchange of information on research innovation and student development, industry onboarding/training programmes for students and university staff,” he said.

In parallel with this initiative, KWAP has been promoting digitalization. Key initiatives include introducing robotic process automation (RPA) to replace repetitive and labor-intensive processes and improve efficiency. In addition, it has implemented biometric integration in 50 hemodialysis centers, with plans to expand this integration to more centers across the country, and is working to develop new Semakan Pesara In collaboration with Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA), the portal has been set up in 146 government hospitals.

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