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IBM, TAR incubator will equip Malaysian students and startups with 'real world skills'

AvantiKumar | June 9, 2014
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College and IBM launch an incubator, which is also open to local startups, to foster an entrepreneurship culture among undergraduates.

IBM, TAR Incubator in Malaysia  

Photo - (From left) Associate Professor Dr Ng Swee Chin, Dean,  Faculty of Applied Sciences and Computing, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College;  Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President , Tunku Abdul Rahman University College; Paul Moung, Managing Director, IBM Malaysia; and Long Fong Yee, Manager, Eco-system Development, IBM Malaysia.


Technology giant IBM and Malaysia's Tunku Abdul Rahman University College [TAR UC] have launched an entrepreneurship incubator to help arm TAR's undergraduates with real word skills and is also open to local startups and SMEs, said the partners.

During the launch of the Entrepreneurial Support Centre  in Kuala Lumpur, TAR UC president Dr Tan Chik Heok said the move would help 'seed a culture of entrepreneurship and ideas' among the students and that members of the faculty, alumni, startups and small and mid-sized companies are also encouraged to incubate their ideas using IBM technologies at the Centre.

"The collaboration signifies a stronger and closer collaboration between TAR UC and IBM to jointly develop and sustain the talent pipeline for the industry in Malaysia by cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset among the students," said Dr Tan.

"Our efforts are consistent with the Government's aspiration toward human capital development, specifically nurturing "real world experience" among students and to strengthen Malaysia's position as a hub of skilled IT experts, software specialists and budding technopreneurs in South East Asia," he said.

IBM Malaysia managing director, Paul Moung, said, "This is an ongoing effort by IBM to bring innovation and progress to the nation, and to support Malaysia's quest to be a high-income, knowledge economy."

"The introduction of the Entrepreneurial Support Centre at the Faculty is essential to produce graduates with skills in critical thinking, effective communication and problem solving so crucial in a modern workforce," said Moung.

 Complements IBM 'Centre of Excellence' initiative

He said the new centre, housed in TAR's Faculty of Applied Science and Computing (FASC), the new centre complemented IBM's Academic Initiative On-Campus "Centre of Excellence" (CoE) established at the tertiary institution in 2011, which coincided with IBM Malaysia's 50th anniversary.

Moung said that since then, more than 2,800 students have graduated with skills in IBM software technology such DB2, Lotus and Rational from the CoE. These graduates also possess knowledge of IBM Power Systems, including IBM and Cloud Computing capabilities. 

He said the Entrepreneurial Support Centre would complement the CoE by building proficiency in marketing, accounting, strategy, operations and management among its undergraduates. Undergraduates will also be able to incubate and test out their ideas in the Centre.

This initiative would give TAR UC students access to 'cutting-edge' thinking and practices from the world of business and technology, as well as a real world knowledge coupled with an enterprising mind-set that prepares them well for the future, added Moung.

IBM's Academic initiative is currently used by three million students and 25,000 faculty staff from 5,000 institutions around the world, resulting in more than 30,000 partnerships between IBM and higher education professionals.


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