Photo - IBM Malaysia managing director Paul Moung (2nd from left) and Sunway University vice chancellor Professor Graeme Wilkinson (2nd from right) exchanging documents to commemorate the collaboration between the two organisations. The signing was witnessed by Sunway Holdings president Datuk Chew Chee Kin (middle).
For the third year, technology solutions company IBM is collaborating with Malaysia's Sunway University to equip students with skills in new technology areas such as big data analytics, cyber security and mobile development.
Under the IBM-Sunway University Research and Academic Initiative agreement, Sunway University's Faculty of Science & Technology will use the IBM Academic Initiative resources, which comprise training materials, curriculum guides, software and hardware.
The memorandum of agreement (MoU) was signed by IBM Malaysia managing director Paul Moung and Professor Graeme Wilkinson, vice- chancellor of Sunway University and witnessed by Vincent Ler, Cloud Ecosystem, ASEAN, IBM Malaysia and Professor Peter Heard, deputy vice -chancellor, Research and Enterprise, and dean, Faculty of Science and Technology of Sunway University.
Sunway University's Professor Wilkinson said the move will help prepare students for the new roles and rewritten old job scopes driven by the rapid pace of technological advancement.
He said statistics show that 4.4 million jobs have been created in the analytics sector during 2015. In Malaysia, the national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) recently announced plans to increase the number of data scientists to 1,500 by 2020 from the current 80.
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"We aspire to equip our undergraduates with skill-sets that combine technology developments in analytics, cloud computing, mobile applications, and data security with the spirit of entrepreneurship and an understanding of future opportunities. These are essential in helping us create a high income nation with successful technology based businesses in the global context," said Prof Wilkinson.
Professor Lim Tong Ming, head of the Centre for Innovation and Industrial Linkage at Sunway University, said: "The objective of partnering with IBM is to build a generation of students who are skilled in analytics, network security and mobile app development."
He said Sunway University intends to introduce three newly undergraduate degree courses next month. The subjects taught include web analytics, data mining, social media analytics, Big Data Analytics (BDA), visual analytics, networking, mobile security, mobile application development and entrepreneurship.
"Taking advantage of the transformational opportunity presented by analytics and network security has become a key priority for organisations around the globe," said Paul Moung, managing director, IBM Malaysia.
"To embrace this growing opportunity, companies today must hire a workforce with a broad range of expertise. IBM is dedicated to partnering with academic institutions and providing students with the skills needed to make an impact," said Moung.
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