Cyberjaya facility to also be global hub for English-medium training
Company signs MoU with 10 Malaysian universities
GLOBAL information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei has chosen Cyberjaya as the site for its first global training center outside of China, saying that it was part of its efforts to position Malaysia as a world-class training hub.
The Shenzen-based company has two global training centers in China which train about 10,000 to 15,000 ICT professionals a year, reaching a “bursting point.”
About 40% of these students would be “offloaded” to its Malaysia Global Training Centre (MGTC) in stages, said Huawei Technologies Malaysia deputy managing director Foo Fang Yong.
“So this year, the MGTC will have 2,000 to 3,000 students from our centers in China,” he said after the official launch of the center today (June 14), adding that the Malaysian center would also be its worldwide point for all English-medium training.
According to Lee Kuan Peng, director of Huawei Technologies Malaysia’s Learning Services Department, the company conducts training in a variety of languages in its other facilities to cater to its multilingual customer base.
“However, all English-delivered training will come from the Cyberjaya center,” he said.
The 30,000sq-ft MGTC offers state-of-the-art facilities, including equipment and the latest technologies from Huawei own product lines such as 4G/LTE mobile network technology. The MGTC currently has about 50 training specialists and this figure will grow to a projected 150 by 2015, Huawei said.
On top of the standard technical training programs, the MGTC will also provide end-to-end customer oriented services including analysis, design, development, implementation and competence evaluation.
“We will also be providing training on other ICTs, like cloud computing,” said Foo. “Our scope with the MGTC has also been expanded beyond what our other two centers provide, which is focused on customer training.”
“This is why we’re working with local universities here – we want to shape and polish their ICT graduates so that they meet the needs of industry,” he said. Having access to the latest technologies that Huawei would provide will certainly help in this regard, he added.
At the gala launch this morning, officiated by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic), Huawei also signed agreements with 10 local universities to set up a Huawei University Training Lab (HUTL) at each under the MSC Malaysia MyUniAlliance (Huawei) program.
Najib described the MGTC as part of Huawei’s commitment to develop and train 10,000 ICT professionals in the country by 2016, following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between China and Malaysia last year.
“This facility is designed to provide the latest telecommunications and ICT training to Huawei’s global customers from the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America,” he said, adding that it was expected to contribute about RM1.2 billion (US$377 million) to the Gross National Income by 2020.
In line with the Malaysian Government’s Talent Roadmap 2020, Huawei introduced its Human Capital Development Program which is aimed at boosting the development of Malaysian talents in ICT, targeting undergraduates, fresh graduates and working professionals.
Under the program, in partnership with the country’s ICT custodian the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), the Chinese company had set up Huawei Advanced IP Technology and Optical Communication Labs at the MSC Malaysia Knowledge Workers Development Centre in Cyberjaya.
It also developed Train-the-Trainer and curriculum courseware for undergraduate students, and continued with the MSC Malaysia Huawei Scholastic Awards and Job Camp for fresh graduates. It also began the MyProCert certification program for working professionals.