AIMS and INTI Partner to Drive More Industry-Relevant Academia

June 09, 2014 (Mon): The AIMS Group (AIMS) and INTI International University & Colleges (INTI) today announced a joint partnership under the ‘INTI Corporate Partner’ (ICP) initiative to provide INTI students with more industry-specific programmes that are crucial to prepare them for their future career and boost their employability.
CEO of AIMS Group, Chiew Kok Hin, shares that while 4.4 million IT jobs will be created globally by 2015 to support the growth of big data, unfortunately only one-third of the jobs will be filled.

He says, “Gartner’s research finding strongly indicates that one of the current global problems is the lack of relevant talents, as students are not equipped with the right set of industry-specific skills.

“And this is precisely why AIMS has embarked on this partnership with INTI, which is to contribute our industry expertise by providing our input into academic programmes, to ensure that they are industry-relevant and are in tandem with changes that affect the industry.”

AIMS – one of the leading carrier-neutral data centres in Malaysia and South East Asia – will be working with INTI – an education establishment that has been at the forefront of higher education for over two decades in the country – to share their industry expertise and knowledge, in order to ensure that INTI provides the latest industry-relevant curriculum. AIMS will also provide guest speakers from senior management level, sponsor specific employer projects and offer INTI students’ internship opportunities at AIMS that can potentially lead to job offers.

“At the same time, this partnership with INTI, provides a platform for AIMS employees to ‘give back to the society’ by taking part in the education process by becoming guest speakers. INTI students will definitely benefit from this as they will get first-hand knowledge from corporate professionals who are actively involved in the operations of the data centre and outsourcing industry,” he adds.

Jeffery Goh, Chief Executive of INTI International College Kuala Lumpur (IICKL) says, “We are incredibly pleased with our partnership with AIMS, as this is in line with one of the pillars of our mission, which is to provide the most innovative education. By providing academic programmes which are vetted by industry players, we are putting them in touch with current industry trends and issues, which are invaluable learnings that will give them the edge over their peers.”

“Our hope is to be able to mould a generation of highly-skilled employees from INTI. At the same time, we wish to provide an effective placement system for graduates that meet the exact requirements of the local outsourcing and data centre industry by way of internship opportunities at AIMS, leading on to full-fledged careers in this specialised ICT field,” explains Chiew.

This AIMS-INTI partnership will also benefit AIMS employees who will have the opportunity to mould the minds of future leaders by being guest speakers and sharing real-world challenges so students can start thinking about how to apply their academic knowledge to solve these issues.

“On the other hand, INTI will also offer scholarships as well as fee rebates for AIMS employees who want to further their studies at INTI. This will encourage a culture of continuous learning amongst AIMS employees to keep up with specialised knowledge,” adds Chiew.

“We hope that more corporate partners, such as AIMS, will come forward to collaborate with us in order to provide our students with the right skillsets and competencies that are critical to the growth and future of our nation,” Goh ends.

Author: Terry KS

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