Photo - (From left) Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Francis Yeoh, Managing Director YTL Group of Companies; and Gregory Bryant, Vice President and General Manager, Intel APAC and Japan.
A new partnership between Malaysian 4G provider YTL Communications and semiconductor firm Intel is another step forward in speeding up Malaysia's national learning cloud initiative called the 1BestariNet Project, which aims to help 10,000 Malaysian primary and secondary schools.
Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Kuala Lumpur, Intel-based integrated 4G devices such as laptops and tablet solutions for Chrome and Android platforms will be introduced into the national learning cloud, which was commissioned in December 2011 by the Malaysian Ministry of Education [MoE].
"Since 2011, we have been working to equip more than 10,000 primary and secondary government schools nationwide with high-speed 4G Internet connectivity
on our Yes 4G network and a proven cloud-based virtual learning platform, the Frog Virtual Learning Environment (Frog VLE) via the 1BestariNet prograeme," said YTL Group of Companies managing director, Tan Sri Dato' (Dr.) Francis Yeoh.
"We're impressed by Intel's substantial efforts in the Chrome and Android ecosystem," said Yeoh. "Having brought the first 4G Chromebook to Malaysia with Google, we now will further proliferate more 4G devices including tablets and others. Towards that end, we are looking forward to partnering with Intel to bring innovative 4G Intel Architecture based devices to Malaysia to enable next generation learning and other applications."
He said 1BestariNet is the first programme on this scale worldwide. The MoE introduced the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 as part of its effort to help students in an increasingly competitive global economy. As part of the blueprint, 1BestariNet will equip all primary and secondary government schools across Malaysia with high-speed 4G Internet connectivity [Yes 4G network, operated by YTL Communications] and a proven cloud-based virtual learning platform, the Frog VLE.
Intel vice president, sales and marketing group and general manager, Intel APAC and Japan, Gregory Bryant, said, "Intel believes in the power of education to change lives. The right technology solutions are essential in order to realise that power."
Photo - (Below, from left) Wing K. Lee, CEO, YTL Communications; Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Francis Yeoh, Managing Director YTL Group of Companies; Gregory Bryant, Vice President and General Manager, Intel APAC and Japan; and Felix Lin, Director of Product Management, Google
"Intel has been in Malaysia for more than 40 years, and is proud to work with YTL Communications in helping realise the country's goal of education transformation," said Bryant. "We recognise YTL's strong vision in using its nationwide 4G network to enable an Internet based economy in Malaysia."
"What it is doing in education through the 1BestariNet is a great example of that," he said. "With Intel's focus in education and its firm commitment in technology innovation in powering up the next generation of mobile devices, our partnership with YTL Communications will help bring the benefits of Mobile Internet to more Malaysians."
Bryant said Intel has also been running programmes to support teacher and student development alike though programmes including the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), The Intel Higher Education Program and Intel Teach Programme.
Google vice president of product management, Caesar Sengupta, said, "The web gives students new opportunities to access the world's information and work collaboratively. More than 30 million students, teachers and parents around the world use Google Apps for Education, and 5,000 schools have already deployed Chromebooks. 1BestariNet in Malaysia is an example of a large-scale education initiative that makes the most of the web, and we look forward to working with more education leaders and driving discussions about how technology can make a positive, lasting impact on our children's futures,"
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