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INDUSTRY-ACADEMIA COLLABORATION
Bridging the Gap Between Industries and Universities
Malaysia needs quality work-ready graduates.
That is why we partnered with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to bring employers into universities to hone the technical and soft skills of industry-ready graduates. 

Through our Industry-Academia Collaboration (IAC), employers and universities work together to address talent policies. This is done through both short-term and long-term strategic interventions to accommodate both employers’ different talent policies and universities’ challenges. 

We currently collaborate with 21 employers and 13 higher learning institutions in two main sectors, Electrical & Engineering (E&E) and Global Business Services (GBS).
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
  • As subject matter experts, you can help map out talent needs and interventions that are required by the industry and academics
  • Identify priority clusters and engage with leading companies by participation through interventions in addressing specific talent needs
  • Identify and motivate leading universities to work with industries in addressing and challenges 

Short term Interventions (1 year) include:
  • Internships 
  • Competitions 

Long term Interventions (2 - 5 years) include:
  • Train-the-Trainers
  • Curriculum embedment
  • Certifications
Malaysian professionals who wish to apply for the Returning Expert Programme must meet the following minimum criteria:
  • A Malaysian citizen
  • Currently residing outside of Malaysia and has been employed abroad continuously for at least 3 y
facts & figures
2015
Launched IAC for the Electrical & Electronics (E&E) sector in collaboration with Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
2016
Launched IAC for the Global Business Services (GBS) sector in collaboration with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
>720
students have benefitted from IAC, including undergraduates and Masters students

KEY BENEFITS
01
Develop industry-ready entry-level talents for high-skilled jobs
02
Promote more industry and university collaboration via curriculum development, competitions and industry attachments
03
Create opportunities for students to be gainfully employed right after graduation

THIS INITIATIVE IS FOR:
EMPLOYERS, Academia Partners

How will students or talent benefit from IAC?
IAC offers hands-on opportunities that allow talent to gain more exposure by seeing how real businesses work. Aside from technical skills, they also get to enhance their soft skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.
Which universities are involved in IAC?
Currently for E&E, they are Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. 

For GBS, they are Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, University of Nottingham, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, and Multimedia University.
Does IAC focuses on specific priority clusters?
For E&E, there are 7 clusters that we focus on. They are Embedded System, IC Design, Wireless Communication (RF), Wafer Fabrication, Opto/LED, Solar, and Advanced Manufacturing. 

For GBS, the modules are developed to provide basic knowledge about the industry.
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