Photo (file) - Prof. Dato' Dr Muhamad Rasat Muhamad, President of MMU
ICT services firm Dimension Data is contributing 25 Cisco routers and 20 Cisco switches to the Cisco Lab at Malaysia's Multimedia University [MMU], which will provide students with the practical experience necessary to achieve industry level skills.
During the announcement, the partners said that this move extends Dimension Data's footprint in the local tertiary industry sector and promotes the role of education in shaping both local and regional marketplace.
"The rapid change in technology has inevitably shaped the education sphere, prompting education institutions to constantly stay abreast with the latest development," said MMU president Prof Dato' Dr Muhamad Rasat Muhamad. "Through this partnership with leading IT firm Dimension Data, MMU graduates will be equipped to take on the industry and marketplace by imparting knowledge that is in line with industrial trend, as well as significant practical experience, giving them a competitive edge amongst their peers."
"MMU is truly appreciative of Dimension Data's contribution in enhancing the faculty's amenities, which we believe will immensely benefit both existing and prospective students," he said. "We look to work closer with Dimension Data to further improve the quality of education, with the vision of advancing the local ICT industry at large."
Prof Dr Rasat said the new instruments provided by Dimension Data will benefit students at MMU's Faculty of Computing and Informatics in Cyberjaya and Faculty of Information Science and Technology in Melaka, as well as other relevant courses.
He added that the newly installed network equipment would also "offer students the opportunity to interact and better understand these network systems, which is pre-requisite in order to obtain their Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. CCNA certification is one of the most sought after accreditation for those who seek to specialize in computer networks and systems."
IT firms must work with education
"It is crucial for education institutions to adapt to new teaching methodologies and technologies, and be equipped with latest amenities to prepare graduates for the demanding marketplace," said Chong Hoi Ming, managing director of Dimension Data Malaysia and Vietnam.
"As technology evolves and develops in a rapid pace, it is vital for IT firms to work hand in hand with education institutions to constantly improve the level of education, and Dimension Data is proud to be an enabler in this instance," said Chong.
"Practical exposure is a key development for these undergraduates as producing graduates solely with the right technical knowledge alone is not sufficient without the practical skills. We hope the network drives will benefit both the MMU students and the faculty, and we look forward to more collaborative opportunities moving forward," he said, adding that Dimension Data recently enhanced another private institution's IT infrastructure and campus network environment.
These partnerships are part of Dimension Data's initiatives to extend its presence within the education sector, as well as many other fields in Malaysia, said Chong.
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