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IBM signs new agreement to expand IT skills at Malaysia's APU

AvantiKumar | May 28, 2015
IBM's partnership with The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation now includes technologies in mobile applications, cloud, analytics and security.


Photo - (From left) IBM Malaysia CFO, Wong Chiun Chiek, receiving a token from Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation Vice President for Operations, Gurpardeep Singh.


A partnership with between IBM Malaysia and The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), designed to raise the IT skill levels of students in engineering and computing courses, has now been expanded to include new IT trends.

IBM's Academic Initiative, which involves the embedding of IBM Rational software into the courses at APU's Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology (FCET), has now received an additional boost under the terms of a new memorandum of agreement (MoU).

IBM Malaysia's chief financial officer Wong Chiun Chiek said that APU will now expand the curriculum to include IBM technologies in mobile application design and development, cloud computing, analytics and security.

Wong said that as part of the expanded collaboration, IBM will provide software, courseware, instructor training, teaching topics and professional certification to the lecturers and students undertaking the IBM related curriculum.

"The collaboration with Asia Pacific University reinforces IBM's commitment to develop a future ready workforce to meet the demand for graduates with skills in data analytics, mobile application development and cloud computing," said Wong.

Professor Ron Edwards, APU's deputy vice chancellor, said: "The IBM partnership provides yet another opportunity for APU students to connect with industry and prepare for professional life. Expertise in start-of-the-art technology, in particular, enhances their employability and familiarity with professional standards. APU applauds IBM for their far-sighted initiative."

Since 2011, APU's collaboration with IBM has also included offering qualified students internships at IBM or its business partners.


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