UUM ONLINE: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) through its Centre of Excellence, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-UUM) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with NERA Infocom (M) Sdn. Bhd. (NERA) to provide training and assistance to empower the Managers and Assistant Managers of 1Malaysia Internet Centre (PI1M) in Kedah, Selangor and Putrajaya.
NERA is the Project Coordinator to provide adequate infrastructure and run the staff development programme for the PI1M, housed under the management of Maxis Berhad, while ITU-UUM is one of the centres of excellence exists in the Peninsular Malaysia to provide training and establish the ICT community centres in Kedah and Perlis as well as to organise various community programmes at both national and international levels through numerous grants obtained.
The MoA was signed by the UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak and the NERA Managing Director, Dato' Ahmad Fauzan Hashim in the presence of UUM Bursar, Amron Man and NI-SP Business Unit Manager, Hairani Hamid.
Dato' Seri Vice-Chancellor said the signing of the MoA enables UUM to provide specialised training to the PI1M Managers and Assistant Managers, while NERA channels financial funds for the implementation of the training programme in fourteen (14) PI1M centres located in Kedah, Selangor and Putrajaya for two (2) consecutive years starting this year.
"The proposed training programme will focus on various ICT scopes based on the requirements given by NERA and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM).
"Amongst the PI1M centres involved in this specialised training are Yan Kecil, Guar Cempedak, Langkawi, Pokok Sena, Jerlun, Gunung Hilir, Napoh, Kodiang in Kedah, Linggi and Semenyih in Selangor and Presint 9 Phase 10, Presint 9 Phase 3, Presint 16 and Presint 18 in Putrajaya," he said.
He added that the collaborative venture between UUM and NERA is expected to create more space for the rural community to equally enjoy the ICT facilities and technology transfer. He also expected more joint programmes with the industry could be undertaken and carried out in the future.
Meanwhile, the NERA Managing Director, Dato' Ahmad Fauzan Hashim expressed his gratitude and appreciation to UUM for its willingness to cooperate with NERA to provide training and assistance to empower the Managers and Assistant Managers of the PI1M.
"The signing of the MoA will hopefully produce more competitive and sustainable PI1M centres through a specialised training programme that covers all aspects of entrepreneurship, management and marketing via the ICT and to provide significant benefits to the socio-economic development to the locals," he said.
Also present at the signing ceremony were Acting Director of ITU-UUM, Dr. Samry @ Mohd. Shamrie Sainin; Director of UUM-KL, Dr. Ahmad Rizal Mazlan; university officials and members of NERA management.