STUDENTS at UCSI University are set to gain internship opportunities at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), following the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two parties.
Under the Internship Co-Op Programme, students will be able to gain valuable work experience and exposure during co-operative placements, according to a press release from the varsity.
The signing of the MoU – which aims to establish a strategic collaboration on fifth-generation (5G) technology research and application in support of the country’s aspirations to be a technologically advanced nation – will also provide collaboration opportunities between the varsity and the MCMC in the development of micro-credential courses in areas such as digital forensics, bioinformatics, big data analytics, and cyber security.
In addition, MCMC subject matter experts (SMEs) will be appointed to the varsity’s Industry Advisory Panel as members under its Academic Programme Board of Studies.
As part of the appointment, they will share their experience and knowledge with students as adjunct lecturers and professors.
UCSI University vice-chancellor and UCSI Group chief executive officer Prof Datuk Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, who represented the varsity at the signing ceremony, said the micro-credential courses will aid in future-proofing graduates while reskilling and upskilling the Malaysian workforce to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0).
“Educators need to see innovation as a must in the teaching and learning processes because innovation not only saves time, but also increases student interest in learning.
“Innovation requires educators and students to be knowledgeable, skilled, analytical, and willing to work on something new.
“These traits are indispensable in today’s educational world to produce students who are ready to confront the challenges of IR4.0, 5G, and subsequent revolutions to come our way,” she added.
Under the MoU, the MCMC will utilise the UCSI Poll Research Centre and the Tan Sri Omar Abdul Rahman Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Studies to conduct surveys and research activities.
It will also leverage UCSI Expert Resources in the area of information and communications technology (ICT), as well as other forms of academic collaboration.
Both parties will conduct joint seminars, conferences and workshops in ICT, as well.
“This collaboration with UCSI and others in academia will pave the way in readying our digital talents for digital leadership in technology and innovation.
“The commission will work closely with industry and academia in ensuring the entire workforce is digital-ready,” the MCMC said in the press release.
MCMC executive chairman Datuk Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek represented the commission at the signing ceremony.
Also present were UCSI University Academic and Internationalisation (Kuala Lumpur Campus) deputy vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Rohana Yusof and MCMC chief financial and strategy officer Nor Fadhilah Mohd Ali.