Photo - Lecturer conducting a session using IBM's i2 software at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia.
Technology solutions giant IBM's intelligence software syllabus is to be become part of the national defence and security education programme at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM or National Defence University of Malaysia).
UPNM vice chancellor General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Hj Zulkifli Bin Hj Zainal Abidin said the collaboration is part of IBM's Academic Initiative programme and will include installing IBM i2 software and courseware into UPNM's Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Defence Science and Technology.
The IBM i2 software will be used to enhance the teaching of defence strategy, military intelligence analysis, counter intelligence, and border and tactical security in the faculty's bachelor degree programme for defence science and technology, he said.
"This collaboration complements UPNM's mission to be Malaysia's premier defence university in terms of education, training and knowledge creation. Equipping the
Malaysian Armed Forces and law enforcements with proven analytical tools will help contribute towards a solid foundation and help secure national sovereignty," he said.
"This collaboration will ensure that UPNM students will be trained to use analytics, and develop their skills to help our armed forces achieve success in their future intelligence missions," said IBM Malaysia managing director, Paul Moung.
In addition to providing complimentary software, IBM will also train the faculty members on how to use the IBM i2 software to teach, said Moung. The faculty has an annual intake of 150 students a year, who undertake the three-year bachelor degree programme.
He said IBM i2 delivered multi-dimensional analytical and visualisation capabilities, coupled with real-time dissemination of intelligence and information, to support virtually every phase of the armed forces mission.
With IBM i2, undergraduates at UPNM are able to quickly identify connections, patterns and trends in complex data sets that will yield faster analysis results, strategic reports and bulletins. Currently 25 of the 28 NATO member countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany, use IBM i2 solutions to help equip front-line troops with the right information at the right time, said Moung.
Formerly known as Akedemi Tentera Malaysia (ATMA) or the Malaysian Armed Forces Academy, UPNM, which is based at Sungai Besi Army Camp, is the sole organisation responsible in upgrading the knowledge and academic status of the armed forces by offering bachelor degree courses in the fields of engineering, sciences, managements and medicine.
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