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UTM’s vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Ts Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail and Cisco Malaysia’s managing director, Hana Raja at the signing ceremony held at UTM Kuala Lumpur campus.
KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), through its School of Computing, Faculty of Engineering signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cisco to further strengthen, promote and develop academic and research collaboration on information and communications technology between both parties.
The memorandum will see both parties sharing academic knowledge and research initiatives, and would also bring many benefits to the community, universities, and the industry too.
“The pace of digital transformation and innovation has accelerated tremendously, and it has reshaped the way we work, live and learn. Cisco has been offering its Networking Academy programmes to UTM for the past eight years. We are delighted to continue working together and providing our expertise in this area,” said Cisco Malaysia’s managing director, Hana Raja adding that the MoU reaffirms Cisco’s commitment to working with like minded partners and educational institutions like UTM to boost and promote knowledge sharing and digital innovation in the ICT industry in Malaysia through education, training, talent development, and technology innovation.
The strategic cooperation focuses on three main pillars namely talent development, teaching and learning as well as technology and digital innovation. Among the initiatives to be implemented by both parties include staff reskill and upskill programme, hybrid classroom, curriculum support via Cisco Networking Academy programme on cybersecurity, internet of things and networking, students’ activities, and digital campus strategy and technology roadmap.MORE NEWS
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Cisco Networking Academy is an internationally recognised IT skills and career-building programme that is available free to learning institutions as part of Cisco’s flagship corporate social responsibility programme.
In 2014, Cisco established a lab facility in UTM to help students complete its Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) modules which requires hands-on training to equip students with the relevant industry experience and prepare them for the workforce.
Since its inception, Cisco has supported the training of 112,602 students in Malaysia, with 98 per cent of students obtaining a job or educational opportunity upon certification.