PHOTO - Batch of 80 final-year IT students from UiTM jubilant after receiving their Certificate of Completion from the HP Software University Programme (seated from left) Yeow Cheng Lian, director, APJ HP Software Education; Y. Bhg. Datuk Ibrahim Thambychik, chairman, Technology Education Leader (TEL); Y. Bhg. Prof. Dr. Morshidi Bin Sirat, deputy director general, Public Institution of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE); Yg. Berusaha Prof Dr. Azni Zain Ahmed, deputy vice chancellor Academic and Internationalization, UiTM; Datin Zaharah Jelani, CEO, UiTM.
A batch of 80 final-year IT students from UiTM [Universiti Teknologi Mara] have received their certificate of completion from the HP Software University programme, which is funded by the Malaysian ministry of higher education [MOHE].
Authorised by technology giant HP, the programme is intended to enhance the employability of undergraduate IT students as well as meet the demand for software testing professionals in Malaysia, according to a spokesperson from HP.
This programme is a result of a 2009 signing of a memorandum of agreement between HP, TEL and UiTM, which was witnessed by the minister of higher education, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, to build a Centre of Excellence in Software Testing. Ninety-three students from UiTM were part of the first batch to graduate from the HP Software University pilot project in December 2009.
The eight-week long programme is conducted upon completion of the undergraduate degree and prior to job placements of the students. As part of the curriculum of the HP Software University programme, students are offered hands-on training on four of HP's best selling software tools, which include:
- Quality Centre
- QuickTest Professional
- And, Performance Centre
This year, the HP Software University programme was conducted from 29 June to 18 August 2011 for 80 final-year IT students from UiTM. The next batch of HP Software University is scheduled to begin in January 2012 for nearly 120 students from UiTM. In addition, TEL is currently working with other universities to offer the HP Software University programme across Malaysia.
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