Our goal is to educate 1% of European citizens in the basics of AI

Skilled people and innovative businesses are at the very heart of Europe’s competitiveness.
The digital transformation of the society calls for new skills and lifelong learning.
One of the greatest forces currently driving economic development is artificial intelligence.

During its EU Presidency in December 2019, Finland decided to invest in the future skills of Europeans and to offer the Elements of AI online course to all Member States for free. The objective is to train one per cent of EU citizens in the basics of artificial intelligence, thereby strengthening digital leadership within the EU.

Finland has now published the online course ‘Elements of AI’ in 21 EU countries in their languages. Latvia was the first country to launch the course in May 2020 followed by Lithuania, France, Belgium, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Malta, Croatia and Italy from September until December. In spring 2021, we worked together with local partners to launch the course for Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Denmark, Slovenia and Spain (see list of partners below).

The language translations for the course has been provided by the European Commission, more specifically by the Directorate-General for Translation in collaboration with the Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. Finland held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July to 31 December 2019.

Initiative is supported by the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation.

Our official partners