PHOTO - (from left) Ramanathan Sathiamutty, managing director, IBM Malaysia, exchanging the MoU document on the IBM-UNITEN Academic Initiative programme with Dato' Seri Prof. Mashkuri bin Yaacob, vice chancellor, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, witnessed by Dr. Na'imah Md Khalil, director of enforcement and inspectorate, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.
Technology giant IBM and Malaysia's Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) have partnered to produce graduates with the business and IT skills that will be required in the 21st century marketplace, said the partners.
The IBM-UNITEN Academic Initiative Programme will provide UNITEN with free IBM software for the university's educational needs, including training for the academic faculty, internships for students and access to relevant IBM corporate resources, said IBM Malaysia managing director Ramanathan Sathiamutty, speaking on 15 November 2011.
Sathiamutty said students would be trained in IBM DB2 and Rational software technology, with the possibility of a special focus in business analytics in the future. "This initiative is aimed at enhancing the information technology (IT) curriculum at UNITEN. Undergraduates who undergo this curriculum will be armed with high quality software skills and professional IBM certification."
"This alliance signifies strong commitment by UNITEN and IBM in supporting the government's aspiration towards human capital development, specifically in addressing the shortage in software technical skills in Malaysia," he said. "It also aims to position Malaysia as a hub of skilled IT experts and software specialists in Southeast Asia."
"The IBM Academic Initiative programme speaks of a shared vision with our university in the recognition that new approaches and collaborative innovation are needed," said UNITEN vice chancellor, Y. Bhg. Dato' Seri Prof. Mashkuri bin Yaacob. "This collaboration with IBM will grant students from UNITEN an opportunity to gain in-depth IT and business knowledge from a leading IT partner and prepare them for the IT market that sees continuous accelerative growth and relentless competition. With the skills and knowledge obtained from this programme, UNITEN students would have distinctive competitive edge in the job market."
"IBM has been working with universities and organisations to identify the skills needed in this ever-changing world economy," added IBM's Sathiamutty. "We have found that there is a great demand for skilled IT employees to manage complex processes and functions as well as efficient data management, due to the flood of data collected by companies over time. This Academic Initiative collaboration will enable UNITEN to produce graduates with relevant IT knowledge and skills, who will contribute to the industry both locally and globally."
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