MDeC ties up with Oracle to boost talent pool

KUALA LUMPUR: One of the ways to ensure that our information and communications technology (ICT) graduates are employable is by arming them with the right skills.

With this in mind, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and enterprise software vendor Oracle Corp Malaysia have agreed to collaborate on programmes to put more skillful ICT graduates on the job market.

“In this initiative, we aim to create a scalable and sustainable framework for the continuous development and supply of Oracle-skilled graduates to meet industry demand,” said Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, chief executive officer of MDeC, which is guardian of the MSC Malaysia initiative.

The MDeC-Oracle collaboration will seek to make Oracle’s global education programmes more available to institutes of higher learning in the country.

Programmes such as Oracle Academy and Oracle Workforce Development offer benefits, including the use of teaching material available from the US-based vendor, with exclusive privileges to incorporate the curriculum developed by and for Oracle University into their academic courses.

“By working together, Oracle and MDeC are making a direct investment to increase the talent pool of Oracle-trained graduates to meet the demands of the industry-talent workforce,” said K. Raman, regional managing director of Asean Oracle.

Under the agreement, 200 students and lecturers from 12 institutes of higher learning will participate in various Oracle programmes over the next two years. They will earn Oracle certifications that will enhance their employability and skills.

“To date, there are more than 440,000 Oracle-certified professionals worldwide. Their expertise is much sought after by the industry,” Raman said.

Oracle’s certification programmes cover a wide range of areas, including database management, middleware, and Linux enterprise computing.

The MDeC-Oracle pact is part of the MSC Malaysia Industry-Academia Collaboration initiative, which aims to accelerate knowledge and skills transfer from the industry to universities and students.


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