PHOTO - Winners for the best ICT model proposal striking a pose with their mock cheques and trophies
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 MARCH 2011 - A pilot industrial training programme managed by government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), University of Malaysia and networking firm Cisco Malaysia has produced the first batch of young ICT specialists.
Cisco Malaysia managing director Anne Abraham said 32 students from the faculty of computer science and information technology, University of Malaya, were placed on a six-month on-the-job training in 19 SME companies with MSC [Multimedia SuperCorridor] status. "The students, who were enrolled in the Cisco CCNA networking curriculum, were assigned to help manage and maintain the ICT and networking environment of the dedicated SMEs."
Abraham said this first batch of networking professionals graduated from the Cisco Industrial Training Programme (CiTP), a collaboration between Cisco, MDeC and the University of Malaya. "CiTP was launched in May 2010 to identify, develop and train undergraduates before they join the workforce."
"The Malaysian economy will continue to drive demand for a competitive workforce in the ICT field, which is a critical enabler for national transformation," she said. "According to the MSC Malaysia Supply-Demand Study by Frost & Sullivan, the demand for skilled professionals in networking and security is expected to increase by 14 per cent annually over the next three years. In addition, 64 per cent of employees prefer to hire Cisco certified network engineers."
"CiTP resonates well with our focus on developing human capital with the right expertise in order to support the growth of the Malaysian ICT industry, the nation's key to transform into a high-income knowledge-based nation. In addition, a competitive ICT human capital has the potential to attract foreign investments into the economy," said MDeC chief operating officer, Ng Wan Peng. "We hope that the sustenance of CiTP will benefit not only the ICT sector but Malaysia as a whole."
"The CiTP model has certainly demonstrated itself as a structured, complete and effective programme to help improve students' marketability and provide them with the fundamental real-world exposure to move into the business world," said University of Malaya's faculty of information technology and computer science dean, Prof Dr Wan Ahmad Tajuddin bin Wan Abdullah. "It truly redefines the existing concept and methodology for academic internships, and we hope to emulate the initiative on a broader scale."
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