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By EDD K. USMAN
KUALA LUMPUR — HUAWEI Malaysia is targeting to produce more than 50,000 digitally-empowered talents in this country.
The Chinese tech giant will try to achieve its objective through its new ASEAN Academy it launched here on Wednesday, May 20. Comprised of 10 countries, ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
They are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Huawei made the commitment to nurture the 50 talents within five years through the dedicated training module designed to empower the region’s digital talents.
Beneficiaries of the high-tech training will come from various industries — businesses and technology sector.
Its ASEAN Academy will provide more than 3,000 information and communications technology (ICT) courses to be provided by 100 skilled trainers who will hone their digital talent.
YB Dato Saifuddin Abdullan, Malaysia’s minister of communications and multimedia, welcomed the academy’s establishment.
“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 globalization landscape,” he emphasizes.
He cited the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM in its Malaysia acronym) and Huawei’s long-standing collaborative ties on ICT dating back to 2001 when the Chinese telecom company was established.
“We hope to have more successful collaborations in the future between both parties to steer digital economy in the right path,” Abdullah says.
Huawei pointed out that the academy’s ICT training programs and courses are designed to target government bodies, industry professionals and university students, providing a holistic approach in scaling Malaysia’s ICT ecosystem.
The academy will carry out established and diversified educational methods, namely, scenario-based and online live training, and overseas study tours.
Trainees can also expect provisions of 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.
Huawei Malaysia CEO Michael Yuan noted the interplay between now a day’s social distancing and a strong digital network.
“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. The backbone of a strong digital network and infrastructure still remains with the people that builds and maintains such services for Malaysians to enjoy,” Yuan says.
“The trainings 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.”
Based on the industry requirements, the academy addresses pain points of the country’s talent gap within the three core pillars which are ICT Industry Trend Guidance, Ecosystem Talent Enablement and Skill Improvement. The academy uses technology as a key enabler in skills and talent development to provide a solid foundation for the country’s digital economy.
As a global leading ICT solution provider, Huawei advocates an open, shared, ICT talent ecosystem that benefits all parties.
The Huawei ASEAN Academy presents another significant milestone in Huawei’s journey to develop local ICT talent and enable the digital transformation. (Huawei Philippines)
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