100 public varsity students to get real-world exposure thanks to Intel partnership


PUTRAJAYA: There is a new internship programme designed to increase the employability of Malaysian graduates by giving them real-world exposure in the constantly evolving electronics and microelectronics field.

The first batch of the MoE-Intel Elite Internship Programme will see 100 public university students gain exposure to industry standard chip-design software over 10 weeks.

This will include hands-on lab work to ensure the students are able to use the tools effectively and efficiently.

Intel Microelectronics (M) Sdn Bhd Malaysia Design Centre general manager Suresh Kumar said 12 lecturers from those universities will also be trained by Intel under the train-the-trainer programme to equip them with industry knowledge on silicon design.

During the launch of the programme, he said this is to ensure the sustainability of the programme once the pioneer batch has completed their internship.

"We want these lecturers to go back to the universities, share with their fellow academicians, as well as scale beyond the original 100 students," he said during the launch of the programme at the Higher Education Department Friday (June 14).

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the programme was specially tailored to equip undergraduates with the knowledge of industry-standard electronic-design-automation (EDA) software of Synopsys, focusing on the integrated circuit (IC) design.

"I would like to urge all students to grab this golden opportunity and absorb all the knowledge transfer in the industries," he said during his keynote speech, adding that this is also the time for them to enhance their problem-solving skills.

"At the same time, it is hoped that this programme will increase the percentage of Graduate Employability (GE) among the graduates in the engineering field."

Maszlee also said the selected students are currently pursuing their electronic or microelectronic engineering studies at six universities - Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.