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Governor Expands AI Research and Collaboration with Ireland College


During her visit to Ireland on Monday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans to advance Artificial Intelligence research and encourage international collaboration in education with University College Cork. The Governor directed the State University of New York Collaborative Online International Learning Center to partner with the University College Cork – the program’s first partnership with the National University of Ireland system. Almost 20 years after SUNY COIL’s inception, Governor Hochul will expand this program to encourage students and faculty to engage in collaborative, international teaching and learning opportunities while also expanding research and education in emerging fields like AI.

SUNY’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Center currently partners with 197 institutions around the globe as well as 35 SUNY campuses and eight CUNY campuses. The COIL method creates equitable team-taught learning environments where faculty from two cultures work together to develop a shared project syllabus, emphasizing experiential and collaborative student learning.

As both SUNY and University College Cork continue to advance important educational opportunities and research in AI, a partnership between the institutions will encourage faculty and students to work together across countries to share and participate in instruction that fuels innovation across the SUNY COIL network.

Additionally, SUNY Oneonta, the home of SUNY COIL, will dedicate resources to advance the integration and utilization of AI in the classroom and bolster international education. These steps will help improve the student experience in the classroom, spur innovation and improve lives.

“For nearly 20 years, SUNY COIL has fueled international collaboration in education and helped students across disciplines access unique learning opportunities,” Governor Hochul said. “New York State is inviting University College Cork to become a partner through this program to encourage collaboration between faculty in Ireland and New York while expanding opportunities for SUNY students who are pioneering research in AI and other emerging fields right here in our state.”

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