PHOTO - MDeC COO - Ng Wan Peng.
Malaysian ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) together with Chinese Telco Huawei hope to develop 10,000 communications and network professionals in Malaysia by 2016.
Both organisations hosted the MSC (Multimedia Supercorridor) Malaysia Huawei Scholastic Award and Graduation Ceremony late July.
"In line with the nation's goal of transforming into an innovative digital economy by 2020, it is MDeC's role to facilitate the acceleration of high-value investments and knowledge-worker development into MSC Malaysia," said MDeC chief operating officer, Ng Wan Peng. "Our partnership with Huawei ensures that there are sufficient highly-trained talents to support new investments by large corporations and local SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in the high-growth communications and network sector."
MSC Malaysia Huawei Scholastic Awards were first introduced in 2010, according to Huawei Malaysia managing director, Sua Chek Hoong. "The quality of the Malaysian workforce is highly skilled, adaptable, and is of a diverse cultural and multilingual background. These qualities have attracted Huawei to continue its investments in talent development and make Malaysia a global training and technical services development centre."
Huawei has 29 training centres around the world, which are focused in developing technological talent for local communities, said Sua. "This globalised operation allows Huawei to better understand the local markets, and at the same time, make meaningful contributions to the local socio-economic development of a country such as Malaysia."
The MSC Malaysia Huawei Scholastic Award returned for its second year with 104 undergraduates chosen from nine local Institutions of Higher Learning; up from the previous participation of 87 undergraduates from six Institutions of Higher Learning in 2010, said MDeC's Ng.
"The strategic public-private partnership is designed to not only yield the necessary talent pool critical to drive sustainable economic growth in the two sectors, but to also transform Malaysia into a global training and technical service hub for Huawei," she said. "The collaboration between the Malaysian Government and Huawei is aimed at developing up to 10,000 communications and network professionals in the next five years."
Huawei Malaysia, through a RM10 million (US$3.356 million) investment, plans to set up its global training and expert testing facilities at the MSC Malaysia Knowledge Workers Development Centre in Cyberjaya.
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