Malaysia has an ambitious plan to become a global hub for the digital economy by 2020. The Cisco Industry Training Program (CITP) is helping develop a skilled, entrepreneurial workforce to spur innovation and economic growth.
To expand from a manufacturing and services-based economy to a knowledge-based one, Malaysia’s National Information Communications Technology (ICT) initiative is dedicated to building a high-performing network infrastructure and developing a qualified workforce. If successful, Malaysia will become a destination for innovative, information-based companies and services by 2020.
An innovative internship program helps develop the work skills of top students. The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) partnered with Cisco to bring the Cisco Industry Training Program (CITP) to Malaysia. The 6-month internship program matches top Cisco Networking Academy students with local businesses and Cisco partners across 8 countries in Southeast Asia. With MDeC’s support, Malaysia has the highest national participation rate.
“The experience helped me in how I plan for my company’s IT growth,” said Jit Kang Chang, a former intern and now network administrator with Soocaa Marketing Sdn. Bhd. “I learned about dealing with threats from network security, network performance and optimization, making decisions on network equipment upgrades, and also planning and proposing new ideas for the company.”
Students gain hands-on professional experience that enhances their job applications. Partner companies benefit from qualified support for day-to-day activities, a pipeline of talent for upcoming openings, and new ideas for expanding services. Winners of the business plan competition receive cash prizes and their ideas help spur innovation in the growing economy.
“The program elevates the competency level of participants from beginner to advanced in a very short period of time,” said Ahmad Zaierif Mohd Yusof, Cisco Program Manager, Social Innovation Group, Malaysia.