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Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU) has made a new move recently to help build the next generation of data science professionals and experts in Malaysia.
MMU announced a new industry partnership with big data analytics (BDA) provider Teradata to collaborate on education and research, said the president of MMU, Professor Datuk Dr. Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq during the signing of the agreement in Cyberjaya.
Dr Ahmad said MMU's Faculty of Computing and Informatics will offer a Data Science Specialization as part of its Bachelor of Computer Science degree.
He added that this followed the formalisation of a Data Science Institute (DSI) at MMU last month.
"This memorandum of understanding (MoU) is a timely joint initiative for the DSI and Teradata," said Dr Ahmad, adding that MMU now has access to the Teradata University Network (TUN), a web-based portal that provides complementary teaching and learning tools currently used by more than 45,000 students around the world.
Photo - Prof. Dr. Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq (2nd from left) exchanges MOU documents with Saqib Sabah, Country Manager of Teradata Malaysia (2nd from right), witnessed by Prof. Dr. Ho Chin Kuan, Dean of Faculty of Computing and Informatics MMU (left) and Syamsul Badrin, Teradata's Account Director (right).
"Teradata University Network benefits from input from faculty members globally to create a platform for information and knowledge sharing. Furthermore, University staff as well as students, will have access to Teradata's rich suite of software," he said.
Exposure to industry vital
Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, chief executive officer of national ICT agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) welcomed the move.
"The Big Data Analytics ecosystem requires an ever-growing consistent and sustainable supply of skills expertise," she said. "Our goal is to continue to train, develop and nurture data science professionals in collaboration with Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) as well as the private sector. I am confident that with this strategic collaboration, more young Malaysians will adopt the big data analytics mind-set as it becomes a game changer and key for driving Malaysia's digital transformation agenda."
She said that the partnership between MMU and Teradata will help to speed up the increasingly important training of Malaysians in BDA.
"This MoU facilitates greater input from Teradata, which has committed to provide experts to support exposure to our students and staff alike to its services and solutions," added MMU's Dr Ahmad. "This exposure to the industry is absolutely vital as, it will help to seed ideas and prepare future generations to understand and conform to the needs of the industry."
Saqib Sabah, country manager and director of Teradata Malaysia, said the company has a history of cooperation with the government's digital drive, various projects and talent development. "This [latest move] is another important strategic partnership for Teradata as we will now be able to work with MMU to jointly nurture and develop future data scientists, thereby addressing the huge skills gap in the country in this area of expertise."
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