PHOTO – Malaysian PM Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak launches Huawei Global Training Centre – MGTC
Huawei has launched its Malaysia global training centre (MGTC) to help position the country as a venue for global professional training for next generation ICT technologies with the objective of producing 10,000 new ICT professionals by 2012. The MGTC is the first of its kind outside China, said the Chinese telco.
During the launch event on 14 June 2012, the Malaysian prime minister YAB Dato’ Sri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak said this move would help the development of 10,000 Malaysian professionals in the field of telecommunications/ICT by 2016 and was another step in the nation’s progression to becoming an innovative, digital, and knowledge-led economy.
Najib said that the Malaysian government’s drive to expand Malaysia’s mark in the ICT field could be seen in the formulation of the Digital Transformation Programme and National Key Economic Areas as outlined in the Economic Transformation Programme in 2010.
“Huawei were one of the firms who stepped forward to help the Government [Digital Transformation Programme], and in April last year signed an agreement to train 10,000 ICT and telecommunication professionals over a period of five years,” he said.
“This facility is designed to provide the latest telecommunication and ICT technology training to Huawei’s global customers all the way from Asia Pacific to the Middle East, Africa and Latin America,” said Najib. “And it is expected to contribute to RM1.2 billion (US$380 million) in Gross National Income (GNI) by 2020.”
“Today’s launch of the Huawei Malaysia Global Training Centre also signifies a further strengthening of bilateral trade and investment ties between China and Malaysia,” he said. “This follows on from the generous and warmly welcomed announcement that China will be lending us two Pandas to mark 40 years of diplomatic ties. I understand that there will be a naming contest, so I urge you all to come forward with suggestions.”
Agreement with 10 local universities
Huawei also signed an agreement with 10 local universities that would start the setting up of 10 Huawei University Training Labs (HUTLs) under MSC Malaysia MyUniAlliance (Huawei) programme. The HUTL in each university would include focus on cloud computing, long term evolution (LTE) and fixed broadband.
Huawei Malaysia managing director Dai Jingyue said that under this programme, various initiatives in partnership with Malaysian government ICT agency MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation) would act as catalysts between universities and industry.
This included the setting up of Huawei Advanced IP Technology and Optical Communication Labs at the MSC Malaysia Knowledge Workers Development Centre in Cyberjaya, the development of programmes under the MSC Malaysia MyUniAlliance programme that include HUTL, Train-the-Trainer and curriculum courseware for undergraduate students, the continuation of the MSC Malaysia Huawei Scholastic Awards and Job Camp for fresh graduates, and the implementation of the MyProCert certification programme for working professionals.
“We at Huawei have come to be inspired and motivated by the dedication of the government to head towards a knowledge and innovation driven economy,” said Dai Jingyue. “We are proud to be able to contribute towards this goal by developing local talents and positioning Malaysia as a world-class global ICT training hub, and now with the launch of the MGTC and corporation with the 10 local universities we are set to continue down this road.”