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Premier Digital Tech Institutions to produce top talents and future leaders in digital tech in Malaysia

THERE are now a total of 16 local universities that make the Premier Digital Tech Institutions. The new additions are HELP University, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. Education Minister, Dr. Maszlee Malik made the announcement.

This expands the current lineup to a total of 11 universities and five polytechnics with such status. The Institutions of higher learning must fulfill a set of requirements, such as their position on global rankings, industry-relevant teaching and learning methodologies, effective career placement services, teaching staff with industry experience and industry involvement throughout the undergraduate journey.

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Premier Digital Tech Universities to prepare skilled local talent for future jobs in Malaysia

Premier Digital Tech Institutions is an initiative that was jointly developed by the Higher Education Ministry and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in 2017. Its aim is to produce top talents and future leaders in digital tech, as well as other industries such as manufacturing and agriculture, by providing a wholesome and comprehensive ecosystem of theoretical and practical training. These help prepare graduates to meet industry expectations.

Premier Digital Tech Universities in Malaysia

  1. University of Malaya (UM)
  2. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  3. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  4. Asia Pacific University (APU)
  5. Multimedia University (MMU)
  6. Taylor’s University
  7. HELP University
  8. Sunway University
  9. Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC)
  10. Universiti Islam Antarabangsa
  11. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

“The Premier Digital Tech Institutions initiative will ensure Malaysians will be ready for the fields of Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Digital Marketing,” said Dr Mohd Salleh bin Jaafar, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Education at the launch at Cyberjaya.

“Talent is key for Malaysia to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Malik. “As the world moves rapidly from IR4.0 to now discussing IR5.0, it is critical that we prepare skilled local talent for future jobs.”

The Premier Digital Tech Institutions initiative is expected to ready Malaysians in the fields of data analytics, AI, robotics and digital marketing. The entire list of 16 universities and polytechnics recognised and accepted into the Institution is available at Industry partners who support and are involved in the programme include Amazon Web Services, CISCO, Intel, JobStreet, Microsoft, Oracle Academy, RunCloud and SAS.

According to Surina Shukri, CEO of the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (a government agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia tasked to lead the country’s digital economy forward), the initiative helped grow the number of enrolled students from 15,500 to 22,000 and produced 6,000 tech graduates last year.

She emphasised roles these institutions play in enhancing graduates’ employability. She noted that tech CEOs in a roundtable earlier this year highlighted the need for more hybrid skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communications and the right attitude eg. resilience, growth mindset, etc.

“In 2018, Premier Digital Tech Institutions’ graduates recorded a 95 percent employability rate, earning a salary 1.5 times higher than the national average. It is clear that we are able to better prepare our talents by bringing together the best of educational institutions and industry players. Today’s announcement of the expanded Premier Digital Tech Institutions lineup together with strong support from leading players in the industry shows that Malaysia is on the right path to futureproof its talents, creating leaders and innovators that will drive global digital economies of the future.”

Said MDEC CEO, Surina Shukri: “MDEC is a strong proponent of Public-Private Partnerships and this Premier Digital Tech Institutions initiative is a great example of how alliances can powerfully impact the growth of Malaysia’s digital economy.”

Referring to LinkedIn’s Emerging Jobs in Malaysia Report 2019, Dr Salleh also noted that four out of five emerging jobs in high demand in the country are digital in nature. LinkedIn data also suggests digital jobs in non-digital tech sectors are growing at “five times that of digital tech sectors in Asia Pacific”.


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