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Malaysia's first on campus Centre of Excellence

AvantiKumar | March 21, 2011
IBM, Universiti Malaysia Pahang and HeiTech Padu collaborate to produce IBM-certified IT professionals to meet market needs.

IBM, UMP and HeiTech Padu launch on campus Centre of Excellence

PHOTO - From left: Abdul Halim Md Lassim, CEO, HeiTech Managed Services Group; Nazerollnizam Kasim, GM, government & healthcare, IBM Malaysia; Yang Bhg. Prof. Dato' Dr. Daing Mohd Nasir Daing Ibrahim, vice chancellor, UMP; Prof Madya Dr. Jasni Bt Mohamad Zain, dean, faculty of computer systems & software engineering, UMP; and Tuan Haji Safiee Mohammad, president, HeiTech Padu at the launch of Malaysia's first on-campus Centre of Excellence.

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 MARCH 2011 -  Technology giant IBM together with Malaysian technology provider HeiTechPadu and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) have set up the country's first on-campus Centre of Excellence (CoE) to meet market demand for quality IBM-certified IT professionals.

"The establishment of the Centre of Excellence will enable UMP to produce graduates with relevant IT knowledge and skills, to contribute to the creation of valuable work, locally and globally," said IBM Malaysia general manager, government and healthcare, Nazerollnizam Kasim.

"This is an ongoing effort by IBM in bringing innovation and progress to the nation, and in supporting the nation's quest to be a high-income, knowledge economy," said  Nazerollnizam, adding that the new centre is the highlight of the System z Academic Initiative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between UMP, IBM and HeiTech Padu in May 2010.

He said the tripartite alliance demonstrated the commitment by UMP, HeiTech Padu and IBM in supporting the Malaysian government's aspiration towards human capital development, specifically in bridging the shortage in System z technical skills in Malaysia. "It also aims to position Malaysia as a hub of skilled IT experts and mainframe specialists in this region."

"Under the collaboration, UMP will provide teaching resources and facilities, while IBM will provide leading software, courseware, training and testing necessary to gain IBM certification," he said. "HeiTech Padu will also provide UMP with the hardware infrastructure, as well as internships and job opportunities for its graduates.".  

UMP vice chancellor, Professor Dato' Dr. Daing Nasir Ibrahim, said: "The opening of the Centre of Excellence on our campus will bring us one step closer to realising our vision of becoming a world-class technological  university."

"Cooperation between HeiTech, IBM and the UMP opens a new chapter in the country's IT development," said HeiTech Padu president, Safiee Mohammad. "A total of 29 students who were enrolled in the System z Course were given the opportunity to visit HeiTech's data centre in Shah Alam. Also, in June this year, HeiTech will be launching a special industry training programme for System z mainframe technology involving those students for the first batch and the numbers will increase steadily."


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