IGT has pledged its commitment to help develop the next generation of talent for the gaming industry by agreeing a five-year partnership with the McKenna Institute at the University of New Brunswick (UNB).
According to McKenna Institute benefactor Frank McKenna, speaking at the announcement of the partnership last week, IGT will invest $3m in funding to fund the expansion of the university’s software curriculum.
This includes contributions towards technology, scholarships and the creation of two new faculty positions, as well as an Innovation Director role.
Furthermore, the three partners will work together to create research and educational opportunities in the subjects of AI, data science and gaming software and hardware platforms and automation
Renato Ascoli, CEO of Global Gaming at IGT, commented: “We’re excited to establish this strategic agreement between IGT, UNB and the McKenna Institute to fortify gaming technology, data science and artificial intelligence platforms at UNB.
“IGT’s strong commitment to New Brunswick takes an important step forward with our establishment of this significant research and educational partnership in the region.
“Our investment can greatly foster the development of a larger and more effectively aligned talent pipeline in gaming-related technologies.”
Dr. Paul Mazerolle, UNB’s President and Vice-Chancellor, added: “IGT’s investment in innovation will help UNB and the McKenna Institute establish New Brunswick as a national center for design in regulated gaming technologies. It will provide our students with increased opportunities to use AI and data science to develop knowledge and skills in a field that is in high demand.
“On behalf of everyone at UNB, I wish to thank IGT for its commitment to developing the next generation of talent for the gaming industry and beyond.”