Alibaba Cloud-UCSI to support digital economy

Joint collaboration: Kun and Prof Siti Hamisah (second and third from left) at the MoU exchange ceremony.

STUDENTS and lecturers at UCSI University will soon benefit from its newly introduced cloud computing curriculum.

This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the varsity and Alibaba Cloud, which is the digital technology and intelligence arm of Alibaba Group.

The collaboration aims to further support the nation’s digital economy by empowering digital talents and tech professionals with advanced knowledge and skillset through professional cloud computing education.

UCSI University vice-chancellor and UCSI Group chief executive officer Prof Datuk Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, who was present at the MoU exchange ceremony on April 12, said it is critical for students and professors to stay current on industry trends in the face of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) and be prepared for the future working environment.

“As a result, we have always strengthened our collaborations with prominent multinational firms, foreign institutions and research institutes. I am confident that through this latest collaboration, we will be able to prepare our students and lecturers for the digital cloud transition,” she said in a press release.

The press release added that Alibaba Cloud will guide, engage and empower the students and lecturers as the next generation of information technology and cloud professionals for a minimal cost through its Academic Empowerment Programme.

The students and lecturers will receive certifications after finishing the cloud computing programme, as well as free access to computing and elearning resources.

Alibaba Cloud general manager of Malaysia Kun Huang said the company will deliver the best-in-class cloud services to help the varsity’s students and staff obtain the best learning resources in the industry so they can better seize the opportunities in the digital era.

“In the future, we hope to work with our local partners to play a pivotal role in creating a sustainable pool of digital talent which would contribute to the digitalisation of the nation,” said Kun.

As part of the collaboration, UCSI University will also include Alibaba Cloud Academy courses in its Institute of Computer Science and Digital Innovation (ICSDI) programmes such as the Bachelor of Business Information Systems, the Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) Mobile Computing and Networking, the Master of Technopreneurship, and the Master of Science in Computer Science.

In addition, both parties will co-organise seminars, workshops and training activities on cloud computing, security and databases, among other topics.

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