Photo - (From left) Dr Bernard Lee, R&D Director, SENKO Advanced Compontents (Australia); Fouad Jaffer, Asia Pacific Managing Director, SENKO Advanced Components; Tim Dillon, Victorian Commissioner to Malaysia and South East Asia; and Dato' Sri Dr. Halim Shafie, Chairman of Telekom Malaysia and MMU.
Malaysia-based Multimedia University's launch of its Graduate Institute of Engineering (GIE) together with a memorandum of agreement with telecoms firm SENKO Advanced Components (Australia) will help to meet the demands of an expanding broadband sector, which is experiencing a regional telecommunications skills shortage.
During the signing, the State of Victoria's commissioner to Malaysia and Southeast Asia, Tim Dillon, said: "The finalisation of the memorandum is an extremely critical initiative to increase industry skilled expertise, and it brings together two leaders in their respective fields: Multimedia University [MMU] and SENKO."
Citing a statement during a 2012 congress in Melbourne by FTTH [fibre-to-the-home] Council in Asia Pacific, Dillon said the demand for high-speed Internet was expected to "soar in the coming years from 58 million currently to 140 million by 2015 within the Asia Pacific region. In 2012, there was on average more than 1,700 new FTTH subscribers every single hour."
"However, the FTTH Council adds that there is a huge challenge, and that is the shortage of skilled expertise to address increasing demand," he said. "This could result in deployment delays and, as a result, possible loss of revenue and higher TCO (total cost of ownership) costs. Therefore, there is an urgent need today to nurture more optical engineers and skilled technicians in line with increasing demand for FTTH deployment."
Multimedia University president, Prof Dato' Dr Muhamad Rasat Muhamad, said: "MMU is the premier university established to support ICT and ICT-related industries in Malaysia. Hence, this collaboration with SENKO further elevates MMU's value proposition to students, researchers and industry as a whole."
Prof Rasat said MMU also expected increased postgraduate students from Australia, New Zealand and Middle Eastern countries. "It would not only bring in revenue for the university but would also strengthen the MMU brand in an organic way and pave the way for future industry collaborations."
Representing MMU at the Signing Ceremony of the MoU was director of GIE MMU, Assoc Prof Dr Tan Ching Seong, while SENKO was represented by its Asia Pacific managing director, Fouad Jaffer. The MoU was witnessed by chairman of Telekom Malaysia and Multimedia University, Dato' Sri Dr Halim Shafie, and the Victorian Government commissioner Tim Dillon [photo below].
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