Imagine being able to develop enhanced versions of your own robotics that may change the way we live for the better and having virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri and Bixby to assist us in our daily lives. 

In this respect, the Orbix Education Group sees itself as a forward-thinking and socially responsible educator by taking a quantum leap beyond providing normal education to Malaysian students.

In an interview with Datuk Albert Ong, Chairman of the Group, he said: “Digital literacy is the new literacy – an essential part of staying competent and relevant in an ultra-competitive world.“ 

Partnership With China’s iFLYTEK

Hence, after much fact-finding and research, Albert finally managed to convince the world-renowned iFLYTEK, also one of the largest Artificial Intelligence (AI) – based technology companies in China, to partner with Orbix in providing Malaysia’s first-ever AI syllabus for students aged 6 to 18 years old. Over 25,000 schools in China are using iFLYTEK’s technology for learning and over 2,000 schools are doing the AI syllabus.

Orbix’s Datuk Albert Ong says that they syllabus strives to furnish young minds with a 21st-century proficiency skill in AI and Robotics. – Photocredit: Orbix Education Group; New Malaysia Herald

“This comprehensive syllabus, which is also offered together with the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus, strives to furnish young minds with a most 21st-century proficiency skill in AI and Robotics.

“Students will be exposed to its myriad aspects of information and knowledge covering coding, programming, natural language processing to big data analysis and machine learning. Along with this are lessons in the history and evolution of artificial intelligence, as well as the complex nature of ethics and security,” said Albert.

“The entire course will give students a good and sound grounding of AI and help put them in good stead for a future that is increasingly entwined with technology. Being a first-mover on this platform goes very much in tandem with our school’s tagline Pioneering Innovation in Education,” he added. 

Through its subsidiary AI Academy, the Group is already in the process of introducing this AI syllabus in some schools in Klang Valley and is open to joint partnerships with other schools in Malaysia and the region.

“We are the first in the country to be teaching a proper AI & Robotics curriculum in schools and Malaysia will be the second country in South East Asia after China to do so. Though we have a long way to go being a technology-driven country, we have to start somewhere,” he added.

The Orbix Education Group

The Orbix Education Group currently operates three Orbix International Schools namely in Muar, Batu Pahat and Klang. Its latest flagship campus in Klang, which was opened in January this year, also known as the “School of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics” comes complete with the latest state-of-the-art AI lab comprising 30 different robots and more to arrive. 

The Orbix’s AI lab comes complete with the latest state-of-the- art AI lab comprising 30 different robots and more to arrive. – Photocredit: Orbit Education Group; New Malaysia Herald

The Group also owns Senta Academy, a HDRF certified training provider offering programmes on professional and corporate skills, team building and leadership. It also owns and operates the Senta Adventure Camp in Batu Pahat – a new and purpose-built facility offering an ACCT-approved challenge course with more than 40 obstacles plus customised team-building and holiday packages. – New Malaysia Herald.

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