Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), Ericsson Malaysi,a and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia has announced an initiative to educate students on 5G technology in Malaysia.
This collaboration will allow students to actively participate in the country’s digital economy and Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0 movement.
Ericsson will also open its Ericsson Educate platform to UTM students as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the parties.
This platform will provide students access to technology through introductory subjects that include;
- 5G networks.
- Artificial Intelligence.
- Machine Learning.
- Cloud Computing.
- Data Science.
- Internet of Things.
These subjects are designed to give students better exposure to the new work environment and the expanding industries that come with it.
The Educate program will be integrated to UTM’s online degrees and micro credentials programs.
Ericsson will also train faculty member in the course materials as well.
To bolster the program further, both DNB and Ericsson will provide experts as guest lecturers on pre-selected topics by UTM.
The collaboration expects 1,200 students to participate in the first year alone.
DNB is also creating opportunities such as internships in the company for students that complete relevant courses in the program.
UTM Vice-Chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail said the partnership with DNB and Ericsson will provide industry driven content into the curriculum, keeping their students relevant in the IR 4.0 working environment.
He also said that the partnership is in support of Higher Education Blueprint which promotes lifelong learning. This will increase the potential of Malaysians to possess skills that will help develop the nation.
5G will be a game changer in transforming Malaysia’s digital economy and is poised to improve the way we work and play, the way we innovate and the way we learn.
With lower latencies, faster speeds and AR/VR capabilities, 5G will allow immersive learning environment and encourage innovation in many aspects of educationChief Corporate Affairs Officer, Digital Nasional Berhad, Zuraida Jamaluddin
The head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh David Hägerbro stated that the initiative will further build up the collaboration they have with UTM in research and development which will further the cause of Malaysia’s IR 4.0 agenda.
He added that this new partnership with DNB will provide Malaysia with a 5G ready workforce that will leverage on the potential 5G support from MyDigital vision.
The ongoing partnership between Ericsson and UTM began in 2016 when the two bodies signed an MoU that established the Innovation Centre for 5G (IC5G) in the Kuala Lumpur campus, making it Malaysia’s first 5G research and test centre.
Recently, UTM became one of the first campuses in the country to receive DNB’s 5G network, the KL campus is among the first 500 5G enabled sites in the country.