Big data centres launched in five Malaysian educational institutes

  • Industry partnerships with Oracle, IBM, EMC, Microsoft, SAS and Unisys
  • Centres offer seven courses, computers with big data analytics software and solutions
Big data centres launched in five Malaysian educational institutes

MALAYSIA’S Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Prestariang Group have launched the first phase establish Big Data Competency Centres across four universities and one polytechnic in the country.
The joint initiative would provide a training platform to cultivate and drive talents towards supporting and strengthening the global growth of the big data industry today, Prestariang said in a statement.
It also in line with the Government’s call for the development of more data scientists in Malaysia to spearhead the country’s development towards a data-driven economy, the company added.
The institutes involved are Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan in Johor. Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) will be included in the second phase.
“Working in collaborative efforts with the four universities and one polytechnic will ensure continuous endeavours to identify and grow capable talents within campus grounds to help Malaysia achieve her goal of capacity-building for the big data analytics (BDA) industry and spur potential growth in attracting direct foreign investment in the IT sector,” said Prestariang group chief executive officer Dr Abu Hasan Ismail.
The Big Data Competency Centres will offer immediate industry partnerships with renowned global IT players such as Oracle, IBM, EMC, Microsoft, SAS and Unisys, where seven unique courses will be offered.
These courses will be combined with Prestariang’s training and certification services and state-of-the-art computers with big data analytics software and solutions within the premises of the institutes involved.
This would make the competency centres also certified test and certification centres for the courses, while providing optimum learning experience for the students, Prestariang said.
Prestariang will manage the centres and its courses under Prestariang Group’s existing 3P and MUSE programmes, with a specific role to not only develop a pool of big data talents but  to ensure employment opportunities are provided to the students upon completion of the globally benchmarked courses.
3P is an industry-based certification training targeted at final year IT/ IT-related students in universities, polytechnics and community colleges; while MUSE (Managing University Software as an Enterprise) involves the distribution and management of Microsoft and Autodesk software licences to public higher education institutions in Malaysia.
This initiative also recognises University Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering (UniMy) as the official academic partner responsible for the provision of training with big data certification.
The seven courses offered via the industry partnership will see an entry of new talents with big data expertise in the employment market. This would include technical professionals for big data solutions, data scientists, database administrator/ developers, big data analysts, and others, Prestariang said.
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