Photo - Malaysia's Prime Minister YAB Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin presenting the certificate of "CEO Faculty Program" to Huawei Malaysia CEO Abraham Liu at the launch ceremony of Malaysia Education Development Plan 2015-2025.
Chinese ICT solutions firm Huawei will mentor Malaysian university staff and students as part of the latest industry-academia collaboration initiative by Malaysia's Ministry of Education (MoE).
During the recent launch of Malaysia's Education Development Plan 2015-2025, prime minister YAB Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak awarded Huawei Technologies Malaysia's chief executive officer with a Ministry of Education "CEO Faculty" Programme certificate.
Huawei's Liu has committed to contributing "significant time in mentoring staff and students and lecturing on ICT education and leadership mentoring at universities across Malaysia over the next two years.
The CEO Faculty programme initiative, part of the larger Malaysia Education Blueprint for the next ten years, was announced during the delivery of the Education Development 2015-2025 blueprint.
Commenting on Huawei's latest community move, Liu said the company took leadership training very seriously. "Skill development and academic alliances is a central to our strategy and community initiatives in the markets we operate. We are very pleased to be part of this visionary blueprint by the Ministry of Education."
"Our ultimate aim is prepare them to thrive in a global, technology- and knowledge-driven economy and the opportunities it presents," he said, adding that Malaysia's ambition to achieve high-income developed nation status by 2020 was "very much dependent on an innovation-centric economy that finds its roots in greater understanding of technology, knowledge, and creativity."
Liu said Huawei has contributed to ICT human capital development in Malaysia. "The company trains 20,000 engineers annually at its global training centres in Cyberjaya. In collaboration with MDeC [Multimedia Development Corporation], Huawei has facilitated ICT training for more than 10,000 teachers and students and has built training labs in eight top Malaysian universities."
In recent months, Huawei has partnered with University Malaya to develop entrepreneurial skills among students through a semester-long challenge to independently run the Huawei device store on campus - a first of its kind in the country.
"Industry-academia collaboration is a key component in creating and sustaining skill development initiatives," he said. "It helps students to understand the practical application of what they learn in University. We are grateful for the ongoing support we have received from the Malaysian government in realising our vision for Malaysian ICT education. We have built a solid partnership with them and will continue to facilitate knowledge transfer and find opportunities for collaboration in the coming years."
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