Toshiba Corp will team up with the University of Tokyo to nurture specialists on artificial intelligence as part of efforts to secure talent in the next-generation technology.
The Japanese electronics giant aims to nearly triple its AI engineers to 2,000 by March 2023 from the current 750 to boost research and development on AI, the company said.
Under the program to be introduced in December, which was developed with the university's graduate school of information science and technology, Toshiba engineers will study a wide range of technologies involving AI and big data analysis in a three-month course, using data provided by the company's factories.
The program is projected to train about 350 engineers by the end of fiscal 2022. Toshiba also plans to newly employ 200 AI specialists while nurturing another 700 under its original education system to have its staff acquire knowledge of the latest digital technologies.
Competition among technology companies to secure AI engineers and data analysts has been intensifying globally and Japan is expected to face a shortage of some 48,000 such experts in fiscal 2020, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
NEC Corp. said in July it will offer an annual salary of more than 10 million yen ($92,000) to a new employee with the latest information technology knowledge, a move that deviates from the traditional pay system at Japanese companies largely based on seniority rather than merit.
NEC's rival Fujitsu Ltd. and Sony Corp. have also introduced similar salary systems to offer extra remuneration for specialists in digital technologies.© KYODO