RMIT is partnering with global education provider Udacity to offer new online courses on self driving cars, AI and robotics.

Online learning provider Udacity, which has collaborated with Silicon Valley giants including Google, Facebook and NVIDIA, gives students skills to advance their careers through a series of online courses in hands-on technologies in high-demand subjects, from autonomous vehicles to data science.

Students will have access to the learning experience developed in Silicon Valley by Udacity, combined with personalised support from experts drawn from local industry partners and employers including Holden, GitHub, Culture Amp, Kapsch, Accenture and more while earning a University-backed credential and credit pathways towards a degree.

According to the university, the online autonomous vehicles program was developed to take students beyond the hype and headlines towards a career as a qualified self-driving car engineer, through hands-on projects across computer vision, robotic controls, localisation, path planning and more.

Companies such as Holden have already started recruiting for specialist engineers in this space and according to Infoholic Research, the global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.6 per cent over 10 years, reaching US$126.8 billion by 2027.

RMIT Online CEO Helen Souness said, “Disruptive changes to business models will have a profound impact on the employment landscape over the coming years. At RMIT Online, we are working to address these skills gaps and companies and individuals must make a concerted effort to plan and upskill to meet the demands of the changing workforce. Recognising strong parallels in Udacity’s vision, we are thrilled to collaborate to bring the Silicon Valley mindset to Australia’s workforce and beyond.”

Founder of Udacity and Google’s self-driving car project, Sebastian Thrun, said, “We are excited to be combining the best of Silicon Valley with RMIT’s local industry partnerships and mentors, helping students achieve a credential from the leading university for future skills in Australia and real job outcomes.”

“Researchers estimate that autonomous cars will save 10 million lives per decade. It’s an exciting, challenging and infinitely rewarding space to be working together with RMIT Online to educate Australians for the future,” he said.

Intro to Self Driving Cars is one of the courses in the wider partnership announcement, with RMIT and Udacity collaborating on a suite of offerings sitting at the nexus of technology and design. Additional courses to come include AI Programming with Python, Robotics Software Engineer, and Front-End Web Developer. All courses open for enrolment from 2 October.

RMIT has unveiled a slew of new courses this year designed to help address the skills shortages in modern workplaces including, blockchain, digital transformation and digital marketing.

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