Arizona State University (ASU) and OpenAI have announced a partnership to bring ChatGPT into university classrooms.

In a press release, the University of Arizona said that wants to focus on “three key areas” where ChatGPT Enterprise can benefit. Namely “increasing the success rate of students, creating new areas for innovative research and streamlining organizational processes”.

ASU Deputy Chief Information Officer Kyle Bowen told the server The Verge: “Our faculty and staff were already using ChatGPT and upon launch ChatGPT Enterprise which solved many security concerns for us, we felt it made sense to partner with OpenAI.” He added that ASU faculty members, some of whom have expertise in AI, will help coordinate the university’s use of generative AI.

From February, the university will start accepting proposals for projects from teachers and students that will use ChatGPT. Anne Jones, vice chancellor for higher education, said in an interview that some professors are already using generative artificial intelligence in their classes. She mentioned some composition classes that use artificial intelligence to improve writing and journalism classes that use AI platforms to create multimedia stories. Perhaps there will also be a space for chatbots that will function as private tutors for tutoring for ASU students, Jones said.

Jones and Bowen argue that universities can offer a live test environment in which the many possibilities of generative artificial intelligence can be exploited. Last year, ASU launched an AI accelerator program that brings together researchers and engineers to co-create services that use AI. The university has also started offering engineering courses to promote AI literacy.

This is the first partnership between OpenAI and an educational institution. The company is slowly starting to establish cooperation with other public benefit organizations.