Photo - Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim (standing - second from right) and SAP Malaysia's Managing Director Bernard Chiang (standing - right) with students.
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has announced it is the first university in Malaysia to organise hands-on training with enterprise application software provider SAP's HANA (High-Performance Analytic Appliance), including an in-memory computing platform, data analytics and other cloud technologies.
UTP's vice chancellor Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim and SAP Malaysia's managing director Bernard Chiang officially signed a partnership agreement, which sees the university joining the SAP University Alliances (UA) programme, which comprises more than 2,000 universities, 8,000 professors and 4 million students worldwide.
"The signing of this MoA [memorandum of agreement] is another important milestone for UTP's journey towards becoming a recognised higher learning institution," said UTP's Abdul Rahim.
Meanwhile, SAP's Chiang said that the company was "extremely pleased to have sealed this partnership with UTP. Education and the development of skilled workforce are key components that would fulfil - and sustain - Malaysia's goal of becoming a high income economy in the very near future."
To date, SAP has trained 5,000 students in Malaysia and is looking at increasing it to 3,000 annually from this year onwards, he said.
He said that "millennials" will take make up more than 75 percent of the global workforce in just a few years and that they demand a very different experience as employees, customers and citizens. These bright young minds will bring diversity and innovations to the hyper-connected workplace of the future.
"The SAP University Alliances programme focuses on building these early talents by preparing them for a successful career or entrepreneurship path," he said.
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