CYBERJAYA: Malaysia’s ICT players need to step up efforts to compete with neighbouring countries in nurturing human capital, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

He said the sector’s participants had to be mindful of the changing landscape and new emphasis being put in by neighbouring countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, aimed to produce up to 40,000 ICT graduates per year, which far exceeded Malaysia’s annual target of only 8,000.

“To this end, it will be imperative for Malaysia through its colleges, universities and industry players, to step up efforts to ensure it does not lag behind in churning out necessary human capital among Malaysians,” he said at the launch of the Second Cyberjaya Graduate Employability Enabler (CGEE) here yesterday.

Also present were Tan Sri Mustapa Kamal, chairman of Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd, the organiser of CGEE, and representatives of various higher learning institutes, government agencies and industry players. Spearheaded by Setia Haruman, CGEE is a talent development programme that empowers, trains and prepares local graduates with the right skills in making them employable with high impact companies especially in Cyberjaya.

Muhyiddin said CGEE programme would serve to further built the nation’s human capital through the development and enhancement of their language, as well as management and technical skills.

He said the CGEE programme could be viewed as timely as there were potentially about 10,000 new job opportunities being identified over the next three years in Cyberjaya alone.

Due to the scalability of the programme, the CGEE could be one of the solutions to fill the talent need in Cyberjaya.
During the event, the deputy prime minister also acknowledged the development progress of Cyberjaya which is on track in achieving the government’s vision to become an intelligent city with world class standards and a global technology hub catalysing the nation’s economic prosperity.

He said Cyberjaya is currently a thriving intelligent city with a population of 75,000 including 486 MSC-status companies employing more than 40,000 knowledge workers.

Commencing from Aug 11 to Oct 31, 2014, the programme, which also involved six industry partners, is participated by 139 graduates from six universities and Yayasan Sime Darby.

The participating universities are Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Perlis.

Meanwhile, the mutinational companies involved are HSBC Electronic Data Processing Sdn Bhd, IBM Global Delivery Centre Sdn Bhd, Shell Business Service Centre Sdn Bhd, Tech Mahindra ICT Services Sdn Bhd, Emerio Sdn Bhd and AIG Global Services Sdn Bhd.

Source : Bernama

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