12 April 2021 (MY) – Intel Malaysia in collaboration with Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) and CREST today announced a new initiative to help universities student to get a step closer to their normal learning experience through the launch of Systems Cloud for University, or SC4U today.
YB Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, Minister of Human Resources launched the program and Eric Chan, Vice President of Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation gave the welcoming remarks. Jaffri Ibrahim, the CEO of CREST and Thomas Mathew, the Group CEO of TalentCorp were also present at the event. The event gathered more than 100 participants from the university and academia community. The main objective of SC4U program is to restore the hands-on learning experience for university students where Intel invested in a Systems cloud which consists of board combinations, systems and tools that will be made available (free of charge) through the cloud for students and lecturers to resume lab classes which were largely missed due to the pandemic. “The SC4U initiative is also a great example of industry and academia working together to improve the competencies, skills and knowledge of Malaysia’s talent pool,” YB Datuk Seri M. Saravanan commented in his keynote address.
TalentCorp will be taking the role of bridging the talent, particularly graduates, to utilize the same infrastructure to improve the employability of our graduates, while CREST will help to manage the engagement with universities. Intel’s goal is to contribute what we can to help the learning experience of the students, which is largely deprived due to the pandemic situation. “To be realistic, we won’t be able to completely replace what the physical lab experiences can provide, but we strive to restore 80% of the hands-on learning experience through the SC4U offering”, Eric Chan commented. “At CREST, we believe in the spirit of collaboration and strive to work with the industry and academia to grow a pool of domain experts as well as equip students with knowledge and skills for the future of work. We are honoured to partner with Intel for the roll-out of the program through the CREST TheGreatLab (TGL) platform which hosts a network of educators and students,” Jaffri added.
SC4U originated from Intel’s effort to provide better access and service, and support experience to a larger base of customers which was well received by Intel customers. Intel invested further in the system infrastructure to offer the services to universities, and to help bridge the current learning gap in Malaysian universities caused by the pandemic. Intel, CREST and TalentCorp will collaborate closely to enable this new method of teaching and learning, in line with the ‘new norm’ in education.