The need for number crunchers
Employability in a data-driven world.
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.