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Samsung opens IoT academy at Malaysian university

AvantiKumar | April 7, 2015
The Samsung IoT Academy at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) will spur innovation in the world of digital, says Minister of Education II, YB Dato' Seri Idris bin Jusoh.

Samsung IoT Academy UTeM

Photo - YB Dato' Seri Idris bin Jusoh, Minister of Education II (with headphones) tries out the latest features at the Reading Zone during the launch of the first Samsung IoT Academy at UTeM.

Electronics and digital devices giant Samsung has opened an IoT Academy at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), which will drive digital learning skills and innovation in the Internet of Things, it said.

Minister of Education II, YB Dato' Seri Idris bin Jusoh, who officiated the launch of Samsung IoT Academy in Melaka, said, "The partnership between UTeM and Samsung Malaysia is opportune. It is an excellent example of public-private partnership that leverages on the expertise of academia and industry to drive technological development and innovation."

"This is also in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 in which the Government aims to leverage on ICT to scale up the quality of learning for students," said Idris. "I believe the Academy is well designed to cultivate the next generation of innovators to support the Government's vision of a knowledge-driven and high income nation."

UTeM vice chancellor, YBhg Prof Datuk Dr Shahrin bin Sahib, said, "The UTeM-Samsung IoT Academy offers access digital facilities to nurture the growth and potential of our students and lecturers. The Academy is also open to students from other institutions of higher learning as well as the public."

"This partnership is a positive move to inspire the young generation of today to be trained with the latest technological innovations that will enhance their employability and prepare them for a brighter future in sync with the country's vision to be a knowledge-based society," said Dr Shahrin.

Also present at the launch: YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Haji Idris bin Haji Haron, Chief Minister of Melaka; YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Ir. Dr Ahmad Zaidee bin Laidin, chairman, Board of Directors of UTeM; Lee Sang Hoon, president of Samsung Malaysia Electronics; and YBhg Dato' Roh Jae Yeol, Samsung Malaysia Electronics' director of corporate affairs.

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Samsung Malaysia Electronics' Roh Jae said:  "We selected UTeM as the maiden location as it is the premier technical university in Malaysia, which drives continuous innovation and technological advancements. Thus, it is appropriate that UTeM is the pioneer for the 'Internet of Things' concept and also hosts the first Samsung IoT Academy."

He said IoT Academy's training modules included sessions on the latest operating and hardware systems such as Magic Info and Knox that run on Smart Signage and mobile devices respectively.

The latest Samsung devices will be available for use in teaching these modules that are customised and co-developed by UTeM and Samsung Malaysia, added Roh Jae.

In addition to digital training, there will also be workshops and seminars involving established entrepreneurs who will share their knowledge and experience to inspire the future generation of innovators. "This is certainly an important milestone as we believe the Samsung IoT Academy will inspire and open doors for the young generation to be exposed and well trained as technopreneurs," he added.

UTeM was established on 1 December 2000 as the first Technical Public University in Malaysia and offers technical courses in Engineering, IT and Management Technology.


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