Monday, October 10, 2005

Model for ICT institute

I hope the initiative not just a rhetoric, because when we see the achievement of MSC project which can be considered as mega project does not achieve the target eventhough the government claim that MSC is very successful project. Many thing has been hide from public about the reality of the project by over coverage from the media.

Highlights: Model for ICT institute

THE proposed ICT Development Institute should look to successful models of similar establishments abroad yet localised enough to meet the demands in skillsets of the country’s information and communications technology sector.
According to the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry Malaysia (Pikom), the proposed ICT Development Institute, announced in Budget Speech 2006, can learn from institutes in such countries as India and Germany for reference and guidance.
“For example, India’s Institute of Technology and the Fischer Vocational Academy in Germany are highly regarded not just in their respective countries but are known worldwide. Many of their graduates can be found working for multinationals,” said Pikom’s councillor and chairman of Education and Training, Content Special Interest Groups, Gerry Pillai.
Structure-wise, Gerry said the proposed institute should run a curriculum that is based on current standards, benchmarks and market expectations.
The curriculum should reflect a knowledge-sharing environment with hands-on industry simulations being an everyday experience, he said, adding that for the institute to be relevant to industry needs, professionals and ICT organisations have to be represented on the board. In addition to supplying knowledge workers, the institute can organise discourse and regional seminars where such idea and knowledge-sharing can even enhance its capability.
“The type of training and courses to be provided will largely depend on demands of the target audience, who will be recipients of the institute’s graduates. This demand has to be cross-linked with industry growth and market expectations,” Gerry said.
Sound collaboration between the Government and industry players is vital in ensuring the relevancy of such an institute, said Oracle Corp Malaysia’s managing director V.R. Srivatsan. This, he said, can help in developing the skills roadmap for the 21st century workers so skills imparted are kept current at all times.
“As technology keeps developing, we need to make sure that what’s being taught in the institute is leading-edge subjects that are going to keep the Malaysian knowledge workers ahead in the ICT world,” he said.
Malaysia also needs to differentiate itself from the big providers of knowledge workers like India and China, and this can be done by increasing the value of the workers the country delivers.
“We need to make sure the necessary skillsets that are required both today and going forward will support the vision of the Multimedia Super Corridor and companies in Cyberjaya. The institute will form a good basis to provide the related skills shortage, and as a stepping stone to create a culture of life-long learning in Malaysia,” he added.
Microsoft Malaysia’s managing director Butt Wai Choon, meanwhile, said the proposed ICT Development Institute must take into account the need to create “industry-class” ICT knowledge workers.
“It is all about having the right capabilities and the right spirit of competitiveness to bring the industry to a new level,” he said.
The institute will not only call for the co-operation of global industry players, but also industry leaders in various sectors that optimise ICT such as banking, telecommunications, aviation, and shipping to provide both industry-level knowledge and to provide environments for budding technopreneurs to stage their developments and products.
“We also foresee the involvement of business management trainers, marketing gurus, intellectual property lawyers, and even regulators to drive both awareness and skills development. The formation of a consultative council comprising all stakeholders such as the Government, industry, vendors, IT enablers and crucially developers should also be considered. This way we can hear the views, opinions and ideas from the entire spectrum of the industry, and get it right the first time,” said Butt.
For Sun Microsystems (M) Sdn Bhd, the development of soft skillsets are also important for the students of the proposed institute.
Its managing director Cheam Tat Inn said the programmes offered should include cross-border diversity and have inter-cultural communication components, and should also provide candidates with an internal perspective of self-discipline to help them drive towards personal excellence.
The institute should also consider collaborating with existing competency centres which are already producing knowledge workers.
“It should also be seen as a breeding ground for new commercial activities in the emerging economy. Universities in the Silicon Valley, for example, are positioned as breeding grounds where students are given new commercial opportunities via the development of the shared services and outsourcing,” he added.


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