Photo - Albert Chai, Country Manager for Cisco in Malaysia.
By 2016 there will be an Asia Pacific skills gap of more 400,000 networking professionals, according to a recent IDC study commissioned by networking solutions firm Cisco Malaysia, which has made a global commitment to develop the required number of professionals during next five years.
Cisco Malaysia Country Manager Albert Chai said the IDC study 'The Evolution of the Networking Skills Gap in Asia/Pacific' said the shortfall will represent a segment of two million unfilled ICT-related jobs globally within 10 years.
Without investment in skills, technology progress will not translate into productivity growth, and Asia Pacific will not be able to compete in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, said Chai.
"Education and the Internet are the two great equalizers in life and in Malaysia our strength is in our people," said Chai. "We are focused on developing industry-relevant skills for our future business leaders through the Cisco Networking Academy programme in Malaysia and are committed to transforming Malaysian's lives through technology and social innovation, so that we together drive a knowledge and digital economy."
During the launch of Cisco's Internet of Everything webinar series, designed to inspire the next generation of IT talent to pursue careers in the industry, he added that the company will continue to engage Malaysia's talent through Cisco Networking Academy programme.
More than 10,000 enrolled this year
The @CiscoNetAcad has trained more than 410,000 students with 239 instructors across 56 academies since its inception in Malaysia. There are more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in academies across Malaysia, of which 39 percent are women, said Chai.
During the next 10 months, The Internet of Everything webinar series is available to all Networking Academy students and will include the career opportunities this offers, he said. "The series will be a combination of both in-person and virtual using Cisco's collaboration technologies such as Cisco TelePresence, Cisco WebEx and Cisco TV."
"The network plays a critical role in the Internet of Everything - it must provide an intelligent, manageable, and secure platform to support billions of people, intelligent devices and 'things' (such as sensors)," said Chai. "Through the Cisco Networking Academy and our world class certification programme, we can address the skills gap in Malaysia and position graduates for the exciting world ahead in which nearly everything will be connected."
He cited a recent study published by the World Bank, the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is rapidly growing, with an addressable market of US$800 billion globally.
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