The need for num­ber crunch­ers

Em­ploy­a­bil­ity in a data-driven world.

HWM (Malaysia) - - REPORT -

INTI In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity & Col­lege re­cently hosted a panel dis­cus­sion with IBM Cor­po­ra­tion, MDEC and JobStreet to ad­dress the em­ploy­ment gaps and op­por­tu­ni­ties in the age of data an­a­lyt­ics. And these are gaps that des­per­ately need to be filled – with only 300 data sci­en­tists in Malaysia, there’s a long way to go to meet the coun­try’s ex­pected goal of 2,000 data sci­en­tists and 16,000 data professionals by 2020.

Gopi Gane­salingam, Vice Pres­i­dent, En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment, Malaysia Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Cor­po­ra­tion (MDEC) said: “We need to cul­ti­vate dig­i­tal mak­ing in­ter­ests and skil­lets that are rel­e­vant, for­ward look­ing and ‘state-of-the-art’, so as to have our stu­dents be com­pe­tent in the dig­i­tal econ­omy mar­ket place, where some of the high­est pay­ing and ‘new­est and the lat­est’ jobs are found in the world. It is with this in­ten­tion that this year (2017) Com­puter Sci­ence, which is cru­cial for com­pu­ta­tional think­ing, was in­tro­duced to 10,000 pub­lic schools, start­ing from stan­dard 1, Form 1 and Form 4. We also urge pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing to have their tech­nol­ogy mod­ules to be aligned with the in­dus­try re­quire­ments.”

Ti­mothy John­son, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Mar­ket­ing, Prod­ucts & Part­ner­ships of INTI In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity & Col­leges, added, “To cre­ate these new roles, we need to draw a con­nec­tion be­tween em­ploy­ers and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. There is a greater need for com­pa­nies to work with stu­dents to show them how skills can be ap­plied in the real world. As an ex­am­ple, the IBM In­no­va­tion Cen­tre for Education (ICE) pro­gram which INTI has in­te­grated into its busi­ness and Com­put­ing & IT ver­ti­cals serve to equip our stu­dents with cut­ting-edge skills that will pre­pare them to not only bridge the gap in IT ex­per­tise but to helm the field.”

(From left to right) Amy Hirst, Di­rec­tor, Power, z Sys­tems, and Stor­age WW Tech­ni­cal Train­ing, IBM Cor­po­ra­tion; Si­mon Si, Head Re­gional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, JobStreet; Gopi Gane­salingam, Vice Pres­i­dent, En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment, Malaysia Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Cor­po­ra­tion (MDEC); and Ti­mothy John­son, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Mar­ket­ing, Prod­ucts & Part­ner­ships of INTI In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity & Col­leges.

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