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In line with building the talent needed for Malaysia's drive to become a regional Big Data Analytics (BDA) hub, national ICT agency MDEC has announced that five more academic institutions have joined a big data analytics skills programme.
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) chief executive officer Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, who recently launched Big Data Week 2016, said that Sunway University, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), have joined the Cloudera Academic Partnership (CAP) programme.
This brings the total number of CAP universities in Malaysia to seven, said Yasmin. The other academic institutions that earlier joined the programme were Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Multimedia University (MMU).
She said these seven universities will be a part of the first 10 universities in Malaysia to sign up for CAP and receive paid training for lecturers focusing on Apache Hadoop curricula.
"Big Data Analytics (BDA) is a game changer and key driver for Malaysia's digital economy," said Yasmin.
"Given the rising demand for big data, and the talent shortage across the world in this field, we need industry and university collaborations such as the CAP programme in providing solutions to address the talent gap," she added.
CAP will help academic institutions to prepare their students with big data analytics skillsets by developing an academic framework that allows both teaching staff and students with industry-standard Hadoop content.
Built around the Hadoop open-source programming framework, the CAP programme allows the storage and processing of big data sets, said Yasmin.
"Cloudera's CAP programme brings great value to our progress as a BDA hub in the ASEAN region as it provides our academic institutions with the resources and support required to better equip our future workforce," she said.
Dr Yap Chee Sing, managing director of local IT training provider Iverson, which is a partner in Cloudera's training initiative, said: "We are currently facing a data professional crunch in Malaysia. With big data increasingly taking centre stage in business and government, and pretty much touching every part of our lives, the demand for skilled data professionals will definitely grow."
The CAP programme is a timely and tangible push in the right direction and I'm sure it will benefit Malaysia as a whole in the long run," said Dr Yap.
"Data professionals are already playing an essential role in driving the future of Malaysia's digital economy. The key is to create a collaborative and innovation-driven ecosystem where data talents can strive and bring value to businesses and the local economy," commented Daniel Ng, senior director, APAC for Cloudera.
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