Ericsson, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) have announced a cooperation to create a 5G education project in Malaysia, with the goal of educating Malaysian students about 5G and new technologies.

The firms claimed in a joint statement that this relationship would reach up to 1,200 students in the first year alone and will allow UTM students to engage in and contribute to the country’s digital economy and industry 4.0 revolution.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the three parties, Ericsson will make its Ericsson Educate platform available to UTM students in order to enable access to instructional material on essential technologies.

5G networks, artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, blockchain, cloud computing, data science, IoT, and telecommunications are among the areas taught at an introductory level, according to the organisations.

According to them, the agreement would give both students and lecturers with access to high-quality digital learning tools based on Ericsson’s 145-year expertise in telecommunications and ICT.

They also stated that content from the Ericsson Educate site will be offered at no cost and incorporated to supplement UTM’s online-based degrees and micro credentialing programmes.

According to Ericsson, it would also educate UTM faculty members to utilise the course materials as part of the courses they teach.

In addition to content from the Ericsson Educate portal, Ericsson and DNB announced that they will supply subject matter experts as guest lecturers on relevant themes chosen by UTM.

DNB will also try to provide chances for course participants to possibly join DNB as interns after completing appropriate courses, according to the firms.

Professor Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, vice-chancellor of UTM, stated that generating world-class talent by cultivating high-quality graduates is UTM’s top strategic focus and priority.

“Our collaboration with Ericsson and DNB aims to incorporate industry-driven material into our curriculum to assist develop our graduates’ skills and knowledge to enable them to function well in the IR4.0 working environment,” he added.

He said that UTM’s collaboration with Ericsson was part of the university’s commitment to support the Malaysian Higher Education Blueprint and encourage lifelong learning, allowing Malaysians to fulfil the skills and competences required for a developed economy.

“Through reskilling and upskilling possibilities, this will also maximise the potential and excellence of individuals in the workforce,” he said.

Zuraida Jamaluddin, DNB’s chief corporate affairs officer, stated that 5G will be a game changer in reshaping Malaysia’s digital economy.

“It is also positioned to improve the ways we work and play, invent, and learn.” With reduced latencies, higher speeds, and AR/VR capabilities, 5G will provide an immersive learning environment and foster innovation in a variety of areas of education.”

Meanwhile, David Hägerbro, head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, stated that the effort deepens Ericsson’s ongoing research and development engagement with UTM and would help to expedite Malaysia’s IR 4.0 goal.

“This is an important step forward by Ericsson and DNB in establishing a 5G ready workforce in Malaysia that can utilise the potential of 5G to support the government’s MyDigital goal.”

“By augmenting their continuing studies with Ericsson Educate material and DNB’s industry insights, students will develop their ICT skills and increase the availability of 5G ready talent in the nation,” Hägerbro noted. ( Original article publish in DNA)

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