More skilful grads with Big Blue’s help


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PETALING JAYA: IBM Corp strengthened its partnership with HeiTech Padu Bhd and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) with the launch of Malaysia’s first Academic Initiative On-Campus Centre-of-Excellence.

The centre aims to teach and develop skills specifically on IBM technologies, to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to meet the growing information technology and business needs of the public and private sectors in Malaysia.

It will enhance the capabilities of IT education at institutions such as UMP in producing graduates and postgraduates with high-quality skills and professional IBM certification.

The Centre of Excellence is the highlight of the System z Academic Initiative memorandum of understanding signed between UMP, IBM and HeiTech Padu in May 2010.

Under the collaboration, UMP will provide teaching resources and facilities, while IBM will provide the software, courseware, training and testing facilities necessary to gain IBM certification.

HeiTech Padu, a systems integrator, will provide UMP with the hardware infrastructure, as well as internships and job opportunities for its graduates.

Students will be trained in IBM hardware and software technologies, particularly System z mainframe technology, as well as DB2, WebSphere, and Tivoli.

UMP vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim said the opening of the Centre of Excellence will bring UMP one step closer to realising its vision of becoming a world-class technological university.

“We are pleased to broaden our partnership with IBM and HeiTech Padu to add value and increase the number of local skilled computer science and software engineering graduates to contribute to the local and global ICT (information and communications technology) workforce,” he said.

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Nazerollnizam Kasim, general manager for government and healthcare at IBM Malaysia, said IBM is always seeking opportunities to collaborate with academic institutions to help build up the skill set of local students to enhance their employability and to meet the demands of the ICT industry.

Safiee Mohammad, president of HeiTech Padu, said the combined expertise and experience of all the parties will help position Malaysia as the hub for the development of IT specialists in the region.

He said 29 students have already enrolled in the System Z course. “They will be the first batch to be involved in our industry-training programme for System Z mainframe, which starts in June,” he said.

UMP is the first and only institute of higher learning in Malaysia to teach its students the capabilities of the IBM System z mainframe, which have features that are fully in line with IBM’s “smarter planet” vision.

The flexibility of the system integration provides distinction in terms of processing stability, contributing to lower costs and energy savings. This ultimately means a greener planet.

Many universities around the world are using the System z mainframe as part of their teaching curriculum; 500-plus universities and more than 50,000 students have been IBM certified.

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