Huawei launches ASEAN Academy, aims to empower Malaysia’s digital talent

  • Nurture 50k Malaysian talent over next five years to be future ready
  • US$689k to be invested across various businesses and technology sectors

(First row L to R) Suriani Ahmad, KSU KKMM, Michael Yuan, CEO of Huawei Malaysia, Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of KKMM and Al-Ishsal Ishak, MCMC chairman. (Second row, L to R) Zac Chow Chii En vice president Carrier Network Business Group, David Li Da Wei, vice president Enterprise Business Group, Lim Chee Siong, vice president Huawei Cloud, Asia Pacific Region and Liu He, Country Director of Consumer Business Group, Huawei Malaysia.

Huawei Malaysia on 20 May 2020 unveiled the Huawei ASEAN Academy, a dedicated training module with the goal of empowering Malaysian digital talent and support the country’s vision to be a regional digital hub.

As part of this commitment, Huawei aims to nurture 50,000 Malaysian talents over the next five years and investing US$688,883 (RM3 million) across various businesses and technology sectors.  The academy will be providing more than 3,000 ICT courses involving 100 skilled trainers.

“The Huawei ASEAN Academy in Malaysia is the first in Asia Pacific region which plays an important role in ICT development towards digital economic growth. It is more than ever, to nurture and develop local talent to ensure that they are well equipped with the proper ICT knowledge to adapt to this ever-changing globalisation landscape,” says Malaysia’s Minister of Communications Saifuddin Abdullah, who also officiated the launch.

“The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) and Huawei have had a long collaborative relationship in ICT since 2001 when Huawei Technologies was first established. We hope to have more successful collaborations in the future between both parties to steer our digital economy in the right path,” the minister expressed.

“As we all adapt to this new normal of social distancing, the importance of having a strong digital network and infrastructure is more obvious now than ever,” said Huawei Malaysia chief executive officer, Michael Yuan.

“The backbone of a strong digital network and infrastructure still remains with the people that build and maintain such services for Malaysians to enjoy. The training and programs provided by the ASEAN academy will empower local talents to be future-ready and actively contribute to accelerating the country’s digital transformation journey,” he concludes.


Addressing pain points

According to Huawei, the academy’s ICT training programs and courses are designed to target government bodies, industry professionals and university students, providing a holistic approach in growing the country’s ICT ecosystem.

It will be implementing “established and diversified educational methods”, namely scenario-based and online live training, as well as overseas study tours. The academy will also provide multi-dimensional solutions for different types of talent and levels of need to ensure that these solutions effectively match the current talent gaps for enterprises.

The academy will also be addressing pain points in the country’s talent gap within three core pillars: ICT Industry Trend Guidance, Ecosystem Talent Enablement, and Skill Improvement. The first pillar is intended for personnel in governments and regulators, to raise awareness on 5G, AI, cloud industry trends and leading practices.

Ecosystem Talent Enablement is intended for college students, ICT practitioners and ecosystem partners, offering ICT technical training and certification as well as developer contests. Lastly, Skill Improvement is meant for managers, marketers and those working with enterprises, providing ICT technical training and business leadership courses.

The main training program from 2020 till 2021 will include courses surrounding 5G – specifically, on 5G Hot Topics, 5G business insights and 5G expert development – which will involve 4,000 trainees. There will also be cloud and AI talent development, which covers 1,800 trainees; HMS developer talent improvement (3,000 trainees); and Huawei ICT Academy & Competition (2,700 trainees).

Huawei Malaysia has had several collaborations with local higher learning institutions, as well as government agencies and state governments, since 2011. In 2017, the company inked a MoU with the Sarawak State Government to boost ICT talent by running a Sarawak Digital Youth Talent Development Program, in which 200 students graduated as Huawei Certified trainees.

More recently in 2019, Huawei signed another MoU to transform the Centre of Technical Excellence (CENTEXS) in Sarawak into a Digital Academy.


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