Huawei ICT Academy Voice: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
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Established as the second university in the country in 1969, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as Universiti Pulau Pinang. In 1971, USM moved from its temporary premises at the Malayan Teachers’ Training College, Bukit Gelugor to the present 416.6-hectare site at Minden, approximately 9.7 km from Georgetown.
USM offers courses ranging from Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences to Building Science and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education. These are available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 30,000 students at its 17 Academic Schools on the main campus in the island of Penang; 6 Schools at the Engineering Campus in Nibong Tebal (approximately 50km from the main campus); and 3 at the Health Campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan (approximately 300km from the main campus).
USM also has 17 dedicated research centres for a wide range of specialisations which include archaeology, medicine and dentistry, molecular medicine, science and technology, Islamic development and management studies, and policy research and international studies. It also provides consultancy, testing, and advisory services to the industry under the ambit of USAINS Holdings Sdn Bhd, the University’s commercial arm.
As a Research-Intensive University recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) in 2007, USM offers educational and research opportunities to students and staff. In 2008, USM also became the first university in the country to be selected by the Malaysian government to participate in the Accelerated Programme for Excellence (APEX), a fast-track programme that helps tertiary institutions achieve world-class status.
"Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow"
USM is a pioneering, transdisciplinary research-intensive university that empowers future talents and enables the bottom billions to transform their socio-economic well-being.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has embarked on the journey with Huawei back in 2018 when a memorandum of understanding has been signed on 1st July 2018 to establish a collaboration for USM- Huawei ICT Academy.
The USM-Huawei relationship has helped students from University Sains Malaysia in many ways. In 2019, the graduate employability in University Sains Malaysia is over 90%. Huawei ICT Academy Programme is leading the ICT world into the whole new level. The collaboration with Huawei has set USM’s student apart from other job seekers as the Huawei ICT Academy Programme had prepare the graduates with highly in-demand skills. The USM Vice-Chancellor had provided his valuable thoughts on how the USM-Huawei ICT Academy successfully cultivate ICT talents with the industry-based skills so students who graduated are employment ready.
Besides that, the collaboration with Huawei has provided many benefits to USM. Students were often invited to join Huawei Online Webinar that is free. Students get a chance to understand more about the latest technology updates. To date, several USM students have successfully obtained the Huawei Certified ICT Associate (HCIA) and Huawei Certified ICT Professional (HCIP) certificates.