IBM volunteer team to help Melaka organisations
By Digital News Asia May 30, 2013
- Team of high-achieving IBM volunteers to help work on many of the state’s projects
- Projects involve the state health dept, health promotion board, UTem, and World Youth Foundation
IBM said a number of its employees would be working with local organisations from the state of Melaka on a variety of projects and programmes under the US technology giant’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) initiative.
The assignment in Melaka, the ninth such undertaking by the CSC in Malaysia, will involve a team of 12 volunteers from IBM (pic), identified as high achievers and potential leaders from all over the world.
Hailing from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Austria, France, India, United States and Canada, the team will divide into four sub-teams to work on different projects during the month-long assignment.
The projects will involve the Melaka State Health Department, Malaysian Health Promotion Board (MySihat), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and the World Youth Foundation.
The team will help develop a strategic blueprint to enhance the engagement of stakeholders, as well as the planning and management capability of the state health department.
In the project with MySihat, the team will review the Smoke-Free Melaka Strategic Plan 2010-2015, and help develop an integrated action plan that will enhance and refine the roles of the various stakeholders to achieve the goal of a smoke-free state, and international recognition from the World Health Organisation.
The team working with the World Youth Foundation will develop a content and communication strategy and system for the organisation that will help deepen the engagement, empowerment and education of youth.
The project with UTeM will involve assisting in faculty research and curriculum review. The team will share its experience and opportunities, besides contributing to the review and future planning for research.
It will also help develop a strategic plan for the faculty’s ICT programme for the next five years.
“The CSC programme combines the tenets of transformational leadership, value-based culture, and a global mindset that Malaysian organisations are seeking to embrace in order to achieve their aspirations of becoming successful global players,” said Paul Moung (pic), IBM Malaysia managing director.
“We believe that through programmes such as the CSC, we can help organisations reach, benefit, and make a difference in the communities and environment they operate in,” he added.
Moung said that the programme is aligned to IBM's commitment to add value to clients, organisations and government bodies involved in shaping smarter cities throughout Malaysia.
Since its inception in 2008, the IBM CSC programme has deployed more than 80 IBM volunteers across Malaysia – Penang, Johor Baru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Kuantan – to support a broad range of business, non-government and government organisations, and work on high-impact projects.
The CSC provides IBMers with high quality leadership development while delivering proven solutions for communities and organisations in emerging markets.
The programme empowers IBM employees as global citizens by sending groups of 10 to 15 individuals from different countries with a range of skills to an emerging market for four-week community-based assignments.
During the assignment, participants work on community-driven economic development projects that impact business, technology and society.
The programme has sent 1,800 participants in over 170 teams to more than 30 countries around the world.
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