Huawei and Xiamen University to set up ICT-enabled campus in Malaysia
By Digital News Asia February 4, 2015
- Huawei bringing ‘Smart Campus’ to Malaysia after similar initiatives elsewhere
- Xiamen U set up in China by a Malaysian in 1921, now ‘returning the favour’
HUAWEI Malaysia said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Xiamen University Malaysia Campus which would see the two parties jointly plan and develop a “future-oriented ICT-enabled campus” in Malaysia.
Under the MoU, Huawei and Xiamen University Malaysian Campus will consider the deployment of a high-quality, high-bandwidth, and high-reliability campus network with a significant TCO (total cost of ownership) saving.
The two parties are also aiming to establish a joint teaching lab in the Malaysia campus of Xiamen University where students can learn about Huawei’s latest ICT technologies, the telco giant said in a statement.
With this MoU, Huawei said it is bringing its first ‘Smart Campus’ to Malaysia after similar initiatives in emerging and developed markets including the United Kingdom and the United States.
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“We are excited to have taken the first step in what we hope will be a long-term collaboration with Huawei, a company which plays a major role in the global ICT industry,” said Xiamen University president Zhu Chongshi.
“Today’s MoU with Huawei means the collaborations between Xiamen University and Huawei have reached a strategic level. This win-win collaboration will help Xiamen University expand its reputation in Malaysia and it also enables Huawei to enhance its brand among the education industry,” he added.
Xiamen University is a university in China that was founded by a Malaysian, Tan Kah Kee, in 1921. With the Xiamen University Malaysian Campus being set up, it will be the first Chinese university to build an overseas branch, Huawei said in its statement.
The campus will be located in the vicinity of Bandar Kota Warisan in Sepang, a 15min ride from the country’s administrative center of Putrajaya and 45km southwest of Kuala Lumpur. It is being built on a 150-acre site with a planned total floor space of 470,000 sq m, and will provide on-campus accommodation to all enrolled students.
It will offer bachelor, master and doctoral programmes, which are similar to those offered at Xiamen University campuses in China.
“I’m very pleased to see Huawei embark on this exciting journey with Xiamen University, one of the most respected universities in the world,” said Huawei Malaysia chief executive officer Abraham Liu.
“Smart campuses with reliable, high bandwidth networks are essential tools for today’s Digital Natives to feel engaged in university education and compete and win in the digital economy.
“This MoU is just the in line with our ongoing efforts in ICT education and skill development for Malaysian students,” he added.
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