Photo - (From left) Jeffrey Goh, Chief Executive of INTI; and Chiew Kok Hin, CEO of AIMS Group exchange the MOU.
A new initiative launched by two Malaysian organisations, carrier-neutral data centre operator AIMS Group and INTI International University & Colleges (INTI), will help prepare more students with IT industry-specific skills to help meet a global big data related skills gap.
During the announcement of the 'INTI Corporate Partner' (ICP) initiative in Kuala Lumpur, AIMS Group chief executive officer Chiew Kok Hin said though 4.4 million IT jobs will be created globally by 2015 to support the growth of big data, unfortunately only one-third of the jobs will be filled.
Citing additional findings from analyst firm Gartner, Chiew said, "Gartner's research finding strongly indicates that one of the current global problems is the lack of relevant talents, as students are not equipped with the right set of industry-specific skills."
"And this is precisely why AIMS has embarked on this partnership with INTI, which is to contribute our industry expertise by providing our input into academic programmes, to ensure that they are industry-relevant and are in tandem with changes that affect the industry," he said.
As well as providing industry-relevant curriculum, AIMS will also provide guest speakers from senior management level, sponsor specific employer projects and offer INTI students' internship opportunities at AIMS that can potentially lead to job offers, said Chiew.
"At the same time, this partnership with INTI, provides a platform for AIMS employees to 'give back to the society' by taking part in the education process by becoming guest speakers. INTI students will definitely benefit from this as they will get first-hand knowledge from corporate professionals who are actively involved in the operations of the data centre and outsourcing industry," he said.
Moulding a new generation
"By providing academic programmes, which are vetted by industry players, we are putting them in touch with current industry trends and issues, which are invaluable learnings to give them the edge over their peers," said INTI International College Kuala Lumpur (IICKL)'s chief executive, Jeffery Goh.
"Our hope is to be able to mould a generation of highly-skilled employees from INTI," said Goh. "At the same time, we wish to provide an effective placement system for graduates that meet the exact requirements of the local outsourcing and data centre industry by way of internship opportunities at AIMS, leading on to full-fledged careers in this specialised ICT field."
"We hope that more corporate partners, such as AIMS, will come forward to collaborate with us in order to provide our students with the right skillsets and competencies that are critical to the growth and future of our nation," he said.
AIMS Group's Chiew said, "This AIMS-INTI partnership will also benefit AIMS employees who will have the opportunity to mould the minds of future leaders by being guest speakers and sharing real-world challenges so students can start thinking about how to apply their academic knowledge to solve these issues."
"On the other hand, INTI will also offer scholarships as well as fee rebates for AIMS employees who want to further their studies at INTI. This will encourage a culture of continuous learning amongst AIMS employees to keep up with specialised knowledge," he said.
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