Internet training centre to reduce digital divide

KOTA KINABALU: Cisco Systems and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) yesterday launched the Internet  

Training Centre Initiatives for Developing Countries (ITCI-DC) in Malaysia. 

UMS is the only education institution to be selected in Malaysia and among the 12 similar organisations in the Asia Pacific region picked by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 

UMS SELECTED:Cisco Systems Malaysia managing director Johnson Khoo (left)presenting theappointment letter to UMS Deputy Chancellor Prof Dr Zahidi Daud while Tham applauds.

The programme, scheduled to begin by June with the intake of 50 undergraduates, was officially launched by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Tham Nyip Shen on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat. 

Welcoming the setting up of the training centre at UMS, Chong said the ITDI-DC at UMS would go a long way to benefit the state by reducing the digital divide while making the local university a centre of excellence. 

“The selection of UMS for the programme is another feather in the cap for UMS in its never-ending goal of achieving excellence in the field of education,” said Chong in his speech read out by Tham. 

The ITCI-DC was started by the International Telecom Union to address acute shortage of skill networking and IT professionals in developing countries. 

The initiative is a model for public and private partnership to bridge the digital divide and aims to establish 50 such training centres around the world by 2003. 

Cisco System’s Cisco Networking Academy Programme curriculum is the only IT education programme being delivered at ITU’s Internet training centres. 

The programme is an e-learning model that delivers web-based educational content, online testing, student performance tracking, and hands-on labs with instructor training and support.  

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