Thursday, June 16, 2011
UNIVERSITI KUALA LUMPUR (UniKL), GIATMARA AND ALBUKHARY CONSORTIUM PAVES WAY FOR NEXT GENERATION HIGH SPEED BROADBAND AND 4G WORKFORCE
17 June 2011 – UniKL and Giat MARA signed an MOU with Puncak Semangat Sdn Bhd, a Company under the flagship of the Albukhary Group. UniKL also signed an MOU with ALBUKHARY consortium consisting of Symphonet Sdn Bhd , Alkarismi Technologies Sdn Bhd and Radmik Solutions Sdn Bhd. Under the MOU, UniKL will be the first centre of excellence in the country to train, develop skilled and qualified workforce for the next generation high speed broadband and 4G industry for both domestic and regional consumption.
Besides the development of the human talent, this MOU also paves the way of developing the new breed of technopreneurs specialising in 4G and next generation high speed broadband in future telecommunication technology. UniKL and Giat Mara will be part of this scheme to produce approximately 5000 technopreneurs nationwide utilizing Giat Mara centres and existing resources from MARA.
Through the creation of the Centre Of Excellence, the technopreneur program shall focus in ICT and broadband addressing the needs to bridge the digital divide, inline with the government’s National Broadband Intiative (NBI) plan. The main objective of this collaboration is to develop skilled technopreneurs to venture into broadband and ICT business.This technopreneur program will also open opportunities for UniKL students and GIAT MARA trainees to participate with ICT industry playersin developping moreskilled workforce for the nation. UniKL is also extending this program to other local Institutions of Higher Learning as part of the technopreneurs development agenda.
UniKL is working with the Albukhary consortium and Perfisio, an Utusan Melayu subsidiary, supported by Yayasan Guru Malaysia to provide a comprehensive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) framework that is produced by Malaysian experts, for the Malaysian education market. UniKL’s VLE framework currently includes content management, psychometric modules, learning courseware intelligence and a complete roadmap of state-of-the-art VLE products and features for the next decade and beyond. This effort shall involve more than 500 software developers and content experts to manage a framework that is of exceptional quality and usability.
Albukhary Group is on track to roll out its truly 4G Network and Services. Puncak Semangat, one of the 9 LTE 4G licensees is currently on track to roll out its 4G network nationwide. This is expected to be one of the first LTE 4G implementation in the region. This is inline with the government’s ultimate goal of a high-income advanced economy in providing quality income, quality life and quality opportunities for all Malaysians.
Commenting on this collaboration, the university’s Chairman, Datuk Dr. Adham Baba said, “This collaboration is the best platform and provides a new paradigm in the way in creating Technoprenuer graduate from UniKL and Giat MARA to support the implementation of High Speed Broadband Project (HSBB) and the National Broadband Initiative (NBI).”
Meanwhile, Datuk Abdullah Kadir Bacha, Puncak Semangat Director said, “We are confident our synergy with UniKL will provide a significant platform to nurture and enhance the nessesary development skills for the young and future workforce to address national ICTneeds”